When bodies are in motion, words and feelings flow.
Some people think better on their feet. They feel more creative, precise, and unedited. It is for these movers and doers that Dr. Brooke invented San Francisco’s first Walk & Talk Therapy. It’s an innovative approach to integrating mind and body within the privacy of a counseling experience.
How does it work?
In this bright, modern counseling office, there are two walking-desk treadmills that face each other, with a table crossing in front for notes and drinks. Clients may choose to sit on the comfortable couch or use the Walk & Talk, and both therapist and client can walk at their own individual speeds during the entire therapy session. Clients are able to start or stop the Walk & Talk at any time and do stretches or relax on the couch, as they continue to process their thoughts, feelings, and action plans.
Change your brain
Our bodies were built to move, and when we do, it changes the way we think and feel. Exercise helps with sleep, emotional regulation, clarity and focus, motivation and a sense of well-being. It even enhances brain function over time. This is because there are actually biochemical changes that happen in the brain when we are physically active. And unlike antidepressants, which also alter brain chemistry, exercise doesn’t have negative side effects.
Stressed or anxious people have elevated levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, which over time can impair memory function, degrade organs and compromise the autoimmune system. Your mental and physical health, as well as your ability to heal, are directly related to cortisol levels. Many studies have now shown that exercise reduces cortisol and helps to mitigate its toxic effects.
Exercise has also been shown to elevate mood for people who are depressed. As often prescribed by therapists and doctors, one of the best antidotes for depression is regular exercise. Movement and stretching can release a variety of neurochemicals such as serotonin, endorphins and norepinephrine, which surprisingly both calm and energize the brain. Getting into a regular exercise schedule also increases capillary growth and blood flow to the brain, delivering more nutrients and oxygen to help heal and feel better.
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Fun for Multi-taskers
We know it’s good for us, but when we're stressed or depressed, exercise is often the last thing we feel like doing. SF Walk & Talk seamlessly integrates psychotherapy and exercise to provide a more holistic mind/body healing experience. So easy and fun, clients look forward to coming as part of regular self-care.