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Awakening to Walk & Talk Therapy

We cannot solve our problems wearing the same shoes we wore in creating them.

Illustration Credit: Old Ladies and Dogs by Sarah Walton

I remember the moment it hit me. It was your typical 10-degree windy, wintry day in Chicago, and I was sitting in my pimped-out therapy office with a client, surrounded by the perfect Eames chairs, a cozy security blanket, and two inconspicuously placed clocks. My client was in the middle of a story she’d told me 20 times before, sitting with her shoulders hunched in defeat and her foot twitching with angst, and all of a sudden I felt I would suffocate in the stuffy, airless room. That’s when I heard myself blurting, “Grab your coat. We’re going for a walk.” My client was shocked, and it was cold, but almost as soon as we hit the street, she came unstuck, and I knew with every cell inside of me that my chosen profession was no longer “talk therapy” but “walk and talk therapy.” That combination really has the power to unlock human potential.When you are outside and moving, you burn calories, your endorphins spike, and you feel the sensory bliss of being outside. You’re constantly passing new scenery, which helps you think creatively. Your self-consciousness dissipates with each step. Walking also encoura …

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