Walk and Talk – a New Approach to Psychology in Berkhamsted

Get your body moving while we sort out what’s on your mind!

As a qualified psychologist, yoga teacher and personal trainer, the idea of blending the three disciplines into a “walk and talk” format came about very organically. It seems that the rest of psychology is finally catching up! A flurry of research is now drawing attention to the important role the body plays in achieving wellbeing. What better way to revitalise, unwind and gain clarity than by harnessing the therapeutic benefits of nature, exercise and talk therapy!

Walk and Talk, what is it?

Very simply, we head out together somewhere beautiful, take a walk at a pace you feel comfortable with, and we talk about what’s on your mind. If you’re open to it, sometimes we stop and do a yoga pose or two that is connected with what we are talking about. The body plays an important role in how we feel, our energy levels and also in how we go about creating change. Specific exercises or yoga poses can help us with these goals. We achieve the same things you would normally do by sitting and talking things out, but with the added benefits of exercise and the uplifting effect of being in Nature – more bang for your buck. If you want to work on your fitness at the same time, we can push the intensity a little harder. It just comes down to what you want to achieve… (more…)

How to stop sabotaging yourself

Stop self sabotage by harnessing the power of your PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE self.

Are you trying to create change in your life? Have you set an intention that you are working towards? Do you have a vision you feel passionate about realising? Consider the concepts of “past”, “present” and “future” self to help you in this process…

Let’s take, for example, a goal concerning your ‘health and wellbeing‘. First, you need to get really clear on what it means to you to be healthy. How do you see health and wellbeing manifesting in your life? Rather than setting a broad goal of “being healthy”, pinpoint more closely what you value and aspire to. A more effective goal could be something like “feeling vital, vibrant and being a positive role model for my kids”.

Using the concepts of past, present and future self to help you achieve greater vitality, you could reflect on the following questions: (more…)

Maybe you don’t need a shrink but could you do with a coach?

Why do people engage a coach? In a nutshell, it’s because everyone deserves to be nurtured and empowered to nurture themselves. Who uses a coach? ANYONE with the one or more of the following…

  • a dream, a vision or a goal,
  • a feeling of unrealised potential, a desire for a fuller life
  • a project, a task or a problem,
  • a decision or cross roads to be faced,
  • a situation you can’t change but which must be managed
  • change, transition or stress to deal with. (more…)

What’s on your “Golden” bucket list?

I went to a fabulous workshop last weekend on a method of counselling called “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”.  I have come away with a real clarity on my life values and what I want to achieve in this lifetime.

In the days following this course I have found a tangible feeling of peace by making sure that my thoughts and actions resonate with my values and help me to move closer to my aspirations.

This experience has inspired me to write this week about making a “golden” bucket list. Read on to find out what’s so special about it and for tips on how to write yours.


What do HAPPY people have in common?

Another interesting snippet of research this week examining the personality traits common to happy individuals. The best news is that these are attributes that we can train and cultivate – more on that next week. According to Caroline Adams Miller, a leading positive psychologist, these are the Big 4: (more…)