What does a session look like ? (https://vimeo.com/292027457)
Beginning in one of my offices (San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley) I’ll ask you some general questions to get to know you a bit. From there we’ll talk about the challenges and goals that you’d like to address in our work together. When we head outdoors, we’ll be moving at a pace that is conversational for both of us. The idea is to meet your goals for psychological & emotional health in novel and comfortable format.
Who do you usually work with ?
– Professionals: especially folks working long hours in traditional office settings, for whom the idea of getting therapy on-the-move is a welcome novelty.
– Tweens & Teens
– Parents struggling with work/life/relationship challenges
Over the years I have enjoyed working with a wide variety of people: Management-level employees of major corporations; professional athletes; mid-life career changers; recently homeless single parents; distressed teens of C-suite parents.
Please note that for Parent/Child sessions, or work with multiple members of your family, the sessions may be longer at times (90 mins, instead of 50) — and carry a higher fee ($225).
How long will this take ?
Research in the field of psychotherapy has shown that most significant change happens in the first few months, and then progress tends to be more gradual & incremental, depending on the nature of the goals or challenges.
Am I going to get a workout, and have therapy ?
What about being overheard by other people ?
What if I can’t (or don’t want to) run ?
What about when it rains ?
Should I pack snacks, water, sunscreen ?
Where did this idea come from ?
Your Pace is the natural conclusion to the evolution of a career path from non-profit worker, to psychotherapist / supervisor / program manager, and finally to an evolving understanding of the potential of integrating light-to-moderate exercise with psychotherapy. I have peers to refer to both locally & in text: (Running As Therapy, An Integrated Approach; M. Sachs & G Buffone).
The roots of the modern concept of Running Therapy belong to a psychiatrist who came to the idea through his own deteriorating mental & physical health. Thaddeus Kostrubala, M.D., in The Joy of Running inspired a generation of non-runners to consider both the health benefits of running, and the positive psychological impacts.
In the pursuit of this outside-the-box approach to therapy, I am also encouraged by a few peers around the country & in the UK:
Sepideh Saremi, Bill Lent, & William Pullen.