Therapy usually takes place in an office. A quiet and safe place offers privacy, intimacy and freedom from distractions. Yet it doesn’t have to be the only way to work. Relaxing in a chair can rejuvenate but too much sitting can embody feeling stuck. Or it can induce a kind of helplessness. Lying on a couch can be as liberating as it can be passive. There are moments when a brisk stride or leisurely stroll can play a crucial role in psychological growth.
Psychologists have explored the benefits of therapeutic exploration in the wilderness, especially for troubled teens and sometimes even for busy families. Going outside in urban environments can also yield positive results, especially where parks exist.
Walk therapy offers the opportunity to become more activated while processing one’s feelings. I am fortunate to have an office across the street from Central Park, which offers the opportunity to conduct walk therapy for those who desire it.