Walk and Talk Therapy
Walk and talk therapy offers numerous benefits supported by research. Additional reported benefits include stress reduction, connection with nature, and addressing deeper underlying issues.
By taking therapy sessions outdoors, clients have reported a reduction in stress levels, a sense of connection with nature, and the opportunity for the nervous system to unwind, allowing them to delve deeper into the root causes of their issues (Cockrell, n.d.). This approach provides a unique and dynamic therapeutic experience that promotes holistic well-being.
My walk and talk therapy sessions are an optional service for those interested in a different method of therapy. Before we step foot outside, we will meet in the office to ensure our safety.
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Studies have shown that movement during therapy sessions can increase creativity, self-awareness, and emotional awareness (Levine, 2019; Oppezzo & Schwartz, 2014).
Anxiety and Depression Therapy
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health conditions worldwide. Children, teens, and young adults are particularly vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
These conditions can significantly impact work, academics, social habits, and emotional development, affecting self-esteem, relationships, and future opportunities for anyone affected.
Fortunately, therapy can effectively treat anxiety, depression and substance abuse in young people. Patients receive the tools to develop healthy coping mechanisms, address underlying causes of addiction, discover interconnected issues, and prevent relapse. Therapy can also support and guide the patient’s friends and family, promoting overall well-being and healing for everyone involved.
The goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for patients to explore and understand their emotions, thoughts and behaviors while developing mindfulness-based compassion, relaxation techniques and cognitive-behavioral strategies.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30% of adolescents between age 13 and 18 will experience an anxiety disorder, while more than 14% will experience a major depressive episode.
While anxiety and depression are distinct disorders, they often occur together and can be triggered by multiple factors such as stress, trauma, genetics, and brain chemistry. To temporarily alleviate their symptoms, people may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.
However, using substances to cope can lead to addiction, increase existing mental health issues, and even cause new mental health problems. Substance abuse can negatively affect personal relationships, work or school performance and overall physical health.
EMDR Certified Therapist
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that helps people alleviate the distress of traumatic memories or upsetting experiences. It involves using two-sided (bilateral) stimulation, such as eye movements, auditory tones, or tactile (touch) sensations, while the individual recalls their traumatic experiences. The idea is that this bilateral stimulation helps the brain reprocess the traumatic memories in a more adaptive and less distressing way.
EMDR has been proven effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions, including anxiety and depression. Its goal is to empower individuals to regain control over their lives and find resolution from past distressing experiences.
Join me for a guided workshop that taps into your inner insights and helps you gain insights about your unique spiritual journey called life. The HeARTspace™ workshop invites you to drop into your heart and body and tap into your spirit to express your inner truth and pathway.
"Michelle is a superb clinician who treats clients with diverse background and needs. I highly recommend her!"
Julie Naomi Siegel-Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
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