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…)

What’s your WHY?

2014 – A year of digging deep and the stuff that got me through.

You could say we bit off more than we could chew last year, but you have to respond to life as it evolves and things don’t always occur at an opportune moment. We made bold decisions and big moves and despite our optimism, it was like wading through treacle from start to finish. Would I make the same decisions again? In a heartbeat, yes! There’s nothing more precious than time with a loved one, or a loved one meeting their grandchild, or seeing your partner flourish, but it hasn’t been easy and there have been many lessons learnt… (more…)

Finding it hard to stay on track? Use this strategy:

This week we are focusing on the psychology of healthy eating, but you can use this technique with any kind of desired behaviour change in mind.

Psychology of healthy eating tip #4: Brainstorm your “IF… THEN” statements.

Anticipate situations that might make it hard to stick to healthy food choices and have a plan in place to deal with it. These “If X happens… then I will do Y” statements can be powerful primers that help you make better decisions and stay on course.

Spend some time brainstorming yours and write them down to help cement them.

So, for example… If I’m having a coffee, then make it a skim with no sugar. If a friend wants to catch up, then suggest a walk together rather than our connection revolving around food…

Tune in tomorrow for my favourite “if… then” primer.

If it’s hard getting creative, drop me a line! Sometimes you just need a sounding board.

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…)

The concept of FLOW: What’s it all about?

Flow is a truly delicious state of being, one that you will have experienced at some point in your life. It may have occurred while you were immersed in cooking, connecting with your child, out in the surf, on your yoga mat, deeply engaged in conversation or simply while you were nutting out a Sudoku.

It is characterised by complete absorption in the moment and deep involvement with the task at hand. In this state of intense concentration people report losing all sense of time and self-consciousness; you are simply so focused that there is no space left for irrelevant feelings or thoughts.

People also report a feeling of being powerful, switched on, in control and at the peak of their abilities when in flow and it can often invoke a natural high. By being stretched and drawn towards greater challenges in the repeated experience of flow we grow to become more skilled, complex and capable beings. (more…)