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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… Read more »

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When to push, when to surrender: the concept of right effort

I haven’t had a night out in 166 days… It’s given me a lot of thinking time! Next week marks the one year anniversary of our return to the UK and the life lesson I’m reflecting on (yup, kicking and screaming again) is the concept of ‘right effort’.

There is much to be grateful for – baby Teddy’s safe arrival and blossoming (the reason for my evening house arrest), Charlotte’s happy adjustment to the UK and school life, beautiful new buddies, and precious time with Dave’s family… and yet there is also some serious unfinished business. It’s not for lack of trying and that’s where the lessons have come hard and fast.

There has been a lot of trying, a lot of what I call ‘efforting’. What I’m learning is that sometimes, regardless of great intent, preparation and diligence, the things we really need don’t come off when we want them to. It’s just life. The art is in learning when to push and when to surrender… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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What makes a new place feel like home?

We’re nearly one year in to our UK adventure and I find it fascinating to ponder the things that make a new place feel like home. For me it’s about social connection and creating a shared history. (School and nursery mums, you have been phenomenally kind and welcoming. Thank you!!!) It’s in crafting new rituals: the favourite coffee place, my new yoga home, family Sunday lunches, and walks through the woods. The other way I’m putting down roots is immersing myself in the local physical environment. I’m falling in love with the seasons, the landscape, the birds, the animals and engaging in daily nature therapy. What works for you? I would so love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Lots of love, Suz xx

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Betrayal: to seek revenge or forgive?

Dealing with the aftermath of betrayal and the challenge of forgiveness often comes up in my coaching work. I recently came across a fascinating book entitled: “Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct” by Michael McCullough which gives great insight into why we human beings have evolved both the capacity for vengeance and forgiveness and how we can navigate our response to betrayal. I’ve spent the last few weeks devouring it and I’d love to share with you the concepts I found particularly helpful.

In my experience as a psychologist, and having sought counselling myself, part of the therapeutic process comes in understanding what constitutes a normal response to stress, loss and painful events. I have seen that great healing can come with this understanding, further deepened when we allow ourselves to have a normal human response to life’s challenges. This book helped me gain a better understanding of our desire for revenge and our motivation to forgive. If only we all had plenty of time to sit and read, so while it’s no substitute for delving into the book itself, here are some of the gems that helped the penny drop for me on the subject of forgiveness… Read more »

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