What are walk and talk sessions? +

Walk and talk sessions take you off the couch and enable you to talk with your therapist while moving in the outdoors.

The process of walking and talking together in nature can be liberating and less threatening than traditional face to face therapy in the office. Therefore, clients may feel more comfortable discussing problems and difficult issues while processing their feelings. Clients also will benefit from the mood-improving endorphins that are released during physical activity. Research shows that exposure to the sun increases vitamin D levels and helps optimize hormones.

Where do you do walk and talk sessions? Will you come to me or do you have specific locations to meet? +

Sessions will take place at select locations in Westchester (primarily Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Scarsdale) and New York (Central Park and the Reservoir). When possible, I will make myself available to travel to other locations. We will walk on paths, trails, sidewalks and perhaps the beach. We will talk about a specific meeting place at the time you make your appointment.

What if I want a more traditional therapy experience in an office setting? +

The most important thing to remember is that this is about you and your comfort level. If you feel more comfortable having a session in my office in White Plains or New York, then we can discuss this.

How do you handle confidentiality when we are outside? +

I understand and appreciate this concern. Maintaining confidentiality during our office visits and in outdoor sessions is very important and one of my highest priorities. When we are conducting our session outside the office in public, there is a chance we may run into someone you or I know. We will strategize about how we will manage this and any other circumstances at the outset of our first session together.

I follow all New York State laws and regulations regarding the confidentiality and privacy of your medical records. Because I do not submit insurance claims to health insurance providers, we are not required to comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.) All of your treatment either in the office or outside is kept confidential.Information will not be released without your written consent unless I suspect child abuse or neglect or feel you are a danger to yourself or others. In exceptional circumstances, a court may order the release of information. Otherwise, releasing information to any agency or individual will require a signed release of information from you.

What are your fees? +

My fee is on the lower end of the competitive rate of fees charged by psychotherapists in New York State. At the time of our consultation, we will discuss rate structures. I take payment in the form of check, credit card (Amex, Visa, Mastercard and Discover) and Chase Quickpay by Zelle (addressed to tracy@paceofmindtherapy.com).

Once our first appointment is arranged, I will email you my office policies form, an intake form and a walk and talk consent form. You can email them back or bring to the first session.

Do you take insurance? +

I do not accept insurance, but I can provide you with a monthly itemized statement that can be submitted to your insurance for out of network psychotherapy reimbursement. Some insurance providers do not cover talk therapy conducted outdoors.

What is the length of a walk and talk session? +

All sessions are 50 minutes in length, we will be walking for 45 minutes.

Is this a fitness program? +

Our priority is to address your emotional, psychological and behavioral needs and not your fitness needs. We are not focusing on how many miles we cover. You will set the pace, and together we will make sure we are able to converse easily. However, just the movement of walking and running while we talk will naturally benefit your body and you will burn calories.

Do you recommend or require good physical ability to participate in this type of therapy? +

In general, anyone can participate in walk and talk therapy as long as there are no medical reasons to prevent you from walking for 45 minutes. Similar to other forms of exercise, you should consult with your physician before starting if you have any concerns.

What should I wear? +

Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers and clothing that is easy to move in. If we are doing a run and talk session, please wear your running sneakers and athletic wear.

What if it is raining? +

If it is raining, or predicted to rain during out time together, we will not be meeting outside to walk and talk. I will reach out to you in advance to reschedule or we can meet in the office if desirable.

Do you walk outside during the winter? +

Walk and talk sessions are not done in the winter months due to risks of weather-related injury from slipping or falling on snow or ice. During the winter, therapy is conducted in my offce in Manhattan or in Westchester. Once the roads, paths, and trails are cleared up, we take our sessions outdoors! The sessions are typically held from April through October or early November, weather depending.

Will we continue our therapy in the winter even if we are not able to walk outside? +

Absolutely. During the winter months, we will continue our therapy in my office and we will get back outside as soon as we can beginning in April.