West Norfolk therapy walking campaign more important than ever
A counselling service has been offering a new walking campaign to help people deal with the pressures of everyday life during lockdown.
Amanda Goss, who has worked as a therapist for over a decade, has launched ‘Stay Sane Campaign Walking Therapy’ in Hunstanton and Lynn during the pandemic.
This entails meeting a client at an arranged point before using a telephone and earphones to hear one another while maintaining a social distance.
The counsellor and client maintain eye contact as they walk through a beach or park environment, settings which provide “an extra dimension” for the sessions.
Part of the walk is in silence so that the client has a chance to process their feelings and find the words to express them.
Ms Goss’ Harley St Psychotherapy has expanded to a team of five qualified psychotherapists who support people as young as eight-years-old.
The ‘Stay Sane Walking Campaign’ was thought up in response to people missing out on vital face-to-face social interaction during the coronavirus period.
Ms Goss said: “We are social creatures and this what we need for stable mental health.The current pandemic has affected us all and we are understandably feeling overwhelmed, anxious and helpless.
“Some of us are losing our jobs; marriages and relationships are under great strain; and lots of us are finding it difficult to cope living alone and in real isolation.
“Others are struggling with children at home, or big families with not enough space and it is has become increasingly difficult as we try and cope with lockdown.”
Ms Goss highlighted the loss of loved ones as the most difficult aspect for some people during the pandemic, especially due to being unable to say goodbye and grieve as would be the case under normal circumstances.
She added that lots of people are suffering with a wide range of mental health issues now more than ever.
The counsellor has also launched a weekly video blog online with tips and advice on communications, relationships, anxiety, stress and the pressure of lockdown to name a few.
On the walking campaign being offered, she added: “There is endless research on the benefits of being outside close to nature, both physical and mental.
“The act of walking has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression, and walking in nature activates different parts of our brain and helps us to be calm. Mindful walking can really provide head-space which is what we are all desperately needing right now, and beyond.”
For more information call Ms Goss’ team on 07760 669246 or visit www.harleystpsychotherapy.com.