Walk and Talk Therapy In St. George, UT
The pace and relentlessness of your everyday life weighs heavily on your shoulders. The long list of tasks make your mind spin anxiously, while also making you feel like you’re on autopilot: wake up, make yourself look presentable, work, manage a home, try to stay connected to relationships, pick up the clutter and piles of mess, then collapse into bed. Wake up. Repeat.
Most days you make this work, but there is another part of you that knows it can be better and you want more. You know that your signs of depression are waiting to pop back up as you feel your exhaustion growing. Anxiety symptoms start to creep in, like irritation over… Well, irritation over almost anything. It’s becoming more and more difficult to be in the present moment. Your boundaries in relationships start to slip along with your lagging self-care.
Depression and Anxiety in Women
Because you are smart and responsible you’ve tried managing the depression, anxiety and overwhelm with better time management, yoga, minimization and better organization. Maybe you’ve tried to pre-schedule date nights, only to feel like they are one more thing on your to-do list. Your friends and family see you as a go-getter and high achiever. But you know that come Sunday night you’ll feel your mind swarm with what didn’t get done and everything that’ll begin again tomorrow.
It’s important to know that the stress you feel isn’t just the lingering effects of a rough week or difficult season of life. Anxiety and depression in women is unique and therapy can help with your experience of:
- Sad, anxious or “empty” moods
- Agitation and chronic crankiness
- Frequent feelings of guilt and shame
- Feeling helpless and hopeless
- Feeling that you are “slowed down”
- Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions (e.g. brain fog)
- Shortness of breath or holding your breath
- Excessive fear and worry
Therapy On Walking Trails Near Me
You’ve considered therapy because you know that the struggles and stress you’re experiencing are more than just a bad day. When others say things like, “This too shall pass,” or “Motherhood is hard for everyone,” you feel disconnected and dismissed. You sense an opportunity to create real change in your life, now. You don’t want to wait for time to heal your wounds. You’ve waited long enough for your depression to lift and your anxiety attacks to lessen.
Walk and Talk therapy at Guided Wellness Counseling combines the healing power of working with a licensed therapist with the undeniable benefits of movement and nature. Walk and Talk therapy (also known as hiking therapy) has proven to be effective for reducing the signs of depression in women; including postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, panic attacks and a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, life transitions, grief and loss.
We release fears and shame while the stream at Red Hills Desert Garden washes away fallen leaves. We reduce stress and get grounded while literally connecting our feet to the ground on sandy Pioneer Park trails. You take a deep breath, feel the sun on your face, and slowly come back to yourself under the red rocks of Snow Canyon State Park.
How Does Walk And Talk Therapy Work?
Walk and Talk therapy begins like many other counseling relationships. You’ll meet with your therapist at our St. George, UT office to complete an intake appointment. This is a chance to bring your therapist up to speed on your struggles and pain points. Together, you’ll identify your goals for sessions such as reduced stress, improved relationships or moving forward with a change in your life or lifestyle.
Then, if Walk and Talk Therapy is appropriate for you, you’ll begin to meet your therapist at local hiking trails, parks and paths as you take steps forward together. Together you’ll stroll along paths, hike on trails and sit by streams as your emotions or troubles naturally rise to the surface for resolution. Rest assured, our therapists have hand selected parks and trails that are centrally located, easy to access (e.g. no hard to find trailheads) and with easy access to restrooms or sitting areas whenever possible. We’re also careful to time your counseling session for when temperatures are most comfortable.
Walk And Talk Therapy Helps Depression and Anxiety
If you’ve ever gone outside to clear your head or felt so mad you needed to take a walk, then you intuitively know the power of movement and the outdoors. Clients who have begun Walk and Talk therapy report dozens of benefits, specific to their depression and anxiety. But overall note that walking therapy has helped them experience:
- Better concentration
- More creativity
- Improved mental clarity
- Better mood
- Increased empathy
- Improved memory (less brain fog)
- Increased happiness
- Increased ability to experience positive emotions
- Improved sense of meaning and purpose in life
- Decreased mental distress
In addition to this, Walk and Talk therapy or hiking therapy addresses many of the physical symptoms of depression and anxiety. For example, clients of outdoor Walk and Talk therapy benefit from improved sleep, lower levels of stress, increased levels of dopamine (the happiness hormone) and increased energy.
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Guided Wellness Counseling is the original provider of Walk and Talk therapy in St. George, UT. We take ambitious, driven women beyond the walls of our therapy office to transform their mental health. We take seriously that you need relief from the brain fog, overwhelm and anxiety that complicates your life and relationships.
Together we’ll work to help you build skills to cope with your depression symptoms and build a plan for anxiety treatment. Beyond skills, we’ll explore the root of struggles with low self esteem. You’ll be coached on how to practice better boundaries, ones that allow you to express your thoughts, feelings, wants and needs with confidence. You’ll learn how to take better care of yourself so that the depression and anxiety no longer has its hold on you.
The next step is to contact our practice manager for a free 15 minute phone consultation. Let us learn more about your goals for counseling. Then we’ll connect you with the best therapist for your needs and schedule. We want to answer any questions you have about counseling and depression, therapy for anxiety or working with a trauma therapist for PTSD. It’s important to us that you feel respected and understood. Together we’ll create an action plan so that you can start feeling relief as soon as possible. Let’s move forward.