We are leaders and the original psychology practice that handles sessions in the outdoors; making us a unique company
In this less formal environment, our clients are more relaxed and are therefore able to open up more freely and enjoy the benefits of the outdoors
We discovered that our clients get a natural energy boost from being in the outdoors as they take in the views, sounds and fresh air.
Coming along to walk it out means that our clients reap all the added benefits of consistent movement beneficial to their mind, body and soul.
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Once upon a time, we had an office...
We loved our office too. We loved the view of the mountains and had beautiful paintings of the beach, trees and skies on our walls. We also brought a dog to our office. The clients loved him! We could see why. There was something about him, everyone seemed at ease when he was around. Nonetheless, something was missing. Something was bugging us. Something had to be done differently. And one day it was!
One of our psychologists was working with a client suffering from anxiety and depression. They spent the last session talking about the benefits of being outside and walking. The client seemed excited and motivated to start the change of lifestyle and to take a walk. It also seemed that making the first step alone was daunting and motivation dropped by the next session. That's when the psychologist got out of her chair and said: "Get up, we are going for a walk right now!".
The client was a little shocked but she got up and off they went. They walked on the main road just outside the office and took it all in. As the session ended the psychologist could already tell that this was exactly what was missing. She then trialled this approach with other clients and the results were unbelievable. It finally made sense! We then moved from the office to the outdoors and combined all the things we love and know work. We started a movement. Literally! Now our psychologists offer couples counselling, anxiety therapy, anger management services and more, in pristine natural environments that combine movement with innovative treatments."
OUR TREATMENT APPROACH
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
The term 'cognitive behaviour therapy' or CBT refers to a group of psychotherapeutic modalities united by common principles, including cognitive therapy (CT), rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), problem solving therapy (PST), schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).
CBT is an evidence-based psychological approach which operates on the basic premise that thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviours are interconnected. Dysfunctional information processing is posited to lie at the heart of psychological distress or pathology.The aim therefore of CBT is to change problematic emotions and maladaptive behaviours by modifying cognitive processes, which occur in the form of automatic thoughts (a private, involuntary 'stream of consciousness' specific to a particular situation), beliefs (tacit attitudes, rules and assumptions that influence automatic thoughts), and schemas or core beliefs (underlying global templates used for organising and processing information).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidenced-based form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Unlike other models of psychotherapy, ACT does not target symptom reduction, but aims to maximise a person’s potential to create a meaningful and full life by using processes such as mindfulness, acceptance and value-driven action.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment is a type of uses a CBT approach which emphasises the psychosocial aspects of treatment. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.
People who are sometimes diagnosed with borderline personality disorder experience extreme swings in their emotions, see the world in black-and-white shades, and seem to always be jumping from one crisis to another. Because few people understand such reactions — most of all their own family and a childhood that emphasised invalidation — they don’t have any methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT is a method for teaching skills that will help in this task.
Motivational interviewing (MI)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, goal-oriented style of counselling, which aims to draw out and strengthen an individual's own motivation and commitment towards behaviour change. This is done by attending closely to the client's language of change, exploring any ambivalence and evoking their reasons for change. The underlying spirit of MI is based on the principles of partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a structured, time-limited therapeutic modality which focuses on changing the interpersonal factors that predispose, precipitate, and perpetuate an individual’s distress. IPT research and application has heavily focused on mood disorders due to the common association between relationship discord and relationship cessation with depressive reactions. IPT is informed by attachment, communication and social theories and supported by recent research in the area of interpersonal neurobiology.
IPT differs from CBT in that it focuses on interpersonal communication and relationships rather than internal cognitions. In contrast to analytically-oriented treatments, IPT focuses on current factors contributing to the individual’s distress rather than on experiences from the individual’s childhood or remote past.
The list of the above treatment styles does not include all the therapies our psychologists use. If you are interested in a specific treatment style please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be able to recommend a psychologist suited to your needs. To find out more about our psychologists please feel free to read more.
As Registered Psychologists we are trained in evidence-based styles of therapy. Depending on your Psychologist, they will be utilising the techniques most suited to your presentation. Of course, you can also read more about our psychologists and their preferred style of treatment on their profile.
While the below treatment styles are traditionally conducted in an office environment, Walk Different Psychologists specialise in walk and talk therapy. This means that we have researched, trialled and adapted evidence-based therapies to the outdoors. You can be assured that you will receive professional treatment from our psychologists, with the added benefits of the outdoors and movement offered through walk and talk therapy.
As we have a number of psychologists in our locations we are able to utilise their years of experience with various age groups and presentations to assist your needs. If you are unsure of who to book in with, read more about our psychologists or give us a buzz if you need a recommendation.
We walk in a number of locations
We are currently walking in various locations in the Illawarra and the Sutherland Shire. You can choose to walk with our Wollongong Psychologists, Dapto Psychologists, Shellharbour Psychologists, Bulli Psychologists or Sutherland Shire Psychologists. If we are currently not in a location that you are after, drop us a line as you never know where we might be next!
Take that first step and find out!
When it comes to deciding if you should seek help from a Psychologist, the decision is a personal one. Chances are you are reading this for a reason and unfortunately many people suffer unnecessarily because they fail to seek professional help.
JUST LIKE PHYSICAL HEALTH
SHOULD I SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Your mental health is important when it comes to determining your quality of life.
These are some of the reasons why people may seek help:
Often feeling sad and struggling to find pleasure in life
Feeling a lack of self confidence and/or self esteem which then stops them from doing the things they want to do
Not being able to cope with everyday life and feeling overwhelmed
Finding it hard to get motivated and stay motivated
Constantly worrying and feeling stressed and anxious and this is now interfering with enjoyment of life
Being in a relationship that is suffering from a loss of trust, feelings of resentment, constant arguments or a lack of intimacy
Feelings that life is ‘out-of-balance’
Not feeling like oneself or simply feeling 'stuck'
Finding it hard being a parent and having trouble dealing with child or teenager’s behaviour.
HOW CAN A PSYCHOLOGIST HELP?
If you choose to see a Walk Different psychologist they will join you for a walk in one of our relaxing locations with the best office views on offer! They will most likely ask some questions about your history, circumstances, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Together you will work towards an understanding of what you are going through at the moment. A treatment plan is then developed between yourself and your psychologist.
Your psychologist might use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) or other treatment styles depending on the psychologist. They also use psychological strategies such as psychoeducation, mood monitoring, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, cognitive restructuring, problem solving, exposure therapy, breathing training, meditation and relaxation strategies.
Your psychologist may also assist you to address any lifestyle factors that may increase your capacity to better manage difficulties and reduce unwanted behaviours. Or they might suggest involving a supportive family member or friend to assist in the understanding of your situation and to support treatment. As each person is different, the treatment approach also varies.
THE THING TO REMEMBER IS
MOST PROBLEMS ARE MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK.
AND WHAT IF THE SOLUTION WAS EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT?
We are psychologists who had an office once. While working in that office we loved what we did. We took pride in getting the most out of our clients and as such looked beyond traditional treatment techniques. We would often incorporate suggestions around the outdoors and exercise to improve our clients' mood.
Then one day, we decided it was time to make that change. Ever since that fateful day, we have operated our business outdoors, in the fresh air.
Phone: (02) 4244 7054
Fax: (02) 8015 5131