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Jodie James

Walking Counselling in Manchester

Jodie James Therapies

Welcome to Jodie James Counselling Services, where we believe that genuine connection and understanding are at the heart of successful therapy. I'm Jodie, a compassionate and experienced counsellor, here to support you on your journey towards emotional well-being and personal growth through walking therapy.

Understanding that each individual has unique needs, I strive to create a warm, welcoming, and empathetic atmosphere during our walking sessions. Together, we'll explore your emotions and challenges while enjoying the benefits of being outdoors and in motion. This approach allows us to connect with nature and engage in physical activity, empowering you to overcome obstacles and embrace positive change.

Let's work together to support your emotional well-being. Book now for a personalised counselling experience tailored just for you.

My Therapeutic Approach

I believe in the power of a personalised, client-centred approach to therapy. I understand that each individual's journey is unique, and I am committed to providing a tailored experience that respects your autonomy and expertise in your own life.


My therapeutic framework includes a Client-Centred Approach: I believe that you are the expert on your own life and experiences. My client-centred approach empowers you to take control of your healing process by providing guidance, support, and understanding. I blend this with Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)  techniques to help you identify and change unhelpful patterns in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that may be contributing to your symptoms.

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Understanding Walking Therapy

At Jodie James Counselling Services, we recognise the power of nature and its ability to enhance the therapeutic experience. That's why we're delighted to offer walking counselling sessions, a unique approach that combines traditional therapy with the benefits of outdoor activity. Our walking counselling maintains the same warm, compassionate, and personalised support as our other counselling formats, while incorporating the restorative qualities of nature.

Benefits of Walking Counselling

Walking counselling offers several advantages over traditional face-to-face and virtual sessions:

  1. Nature's Healing Power: Engaging in therapy outdoors can be a calming and grounding experience, allowing you to connect with your thoughts and emotions more deeply. The natural environment can help reduce stress, increase relaxation, and foster a sense of well-being.

  2. Physical Activity: Walking during therapy sessions promotes gentle exercise, which is known to improve mental health, boost mood, and increase overall well-being. The combination of physical activity and talk therapy can create a powerful and holistic approach to emotional healing.

  3. Informal Setting: Walking counselling provides a more relaxed atmosphere than traditional therapy settings, which some clients find less intimidating and more conducive to open, honest conversation.

Considerations for Walking Counselling

While walking counselling presents numerous benefits, it is essential to consider how this format compares to face-to-face, phone, and Zoom/video-call sessions:

  1. Weather Dependence: Walking counselling is subject to weather conditions, which may require rescheduling sessions or opting for an alternative format in case of unsuitable outdoor circumstances.

  2. Privacy: Engaging in therapy outdoors may present potential privacy concerns, as you may encounter other people during your walk. It's important to consider your comfort level with discussing personal issues in a public setting.

  3. Mobility and Accessibility: Walking counselling may not be suitable for individuals with mobility challenges or physical limitations, making face-to-face, phone, or Zoom/video-call sessions more appropriate options.


When choosing the best counselling format for your needs and preferences, it's crucial to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each option. Jodie James Counselling Services is dedicated to offering a variety of counselling approaches, ensuring that you can select the method that best supports your emotional well-being and personal growth journey.


If you're interested in walking counselling or would like to discuss which format may be the best fit for you, please don't hesitate to contact Jodie James Counselling Services. We are here to provide compassionate, empathetic, and professional support, helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve your full potential.

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Supported Interactions:

I provide a range of counselling services to accommodate your unique needs and preferences.

All interactions are available in 30-minute and 60-minute clinical sessions, with prices from £30.

Why Choose Jodie James Therapies?

At Jodie James Counselling Services, you'll find a warm and professional therapist who genuinely cares about your well-being and progress. The services offered are flexible and designed to accommodate your individual needs and preferences. You can expect a confidential and non-judgmental environment where you'll feel safe and supported throughout your therapeutic journey. The therapy sessions are tailored to address your specific challenges and goals, utilising proven therapeutic techniques to help you overcome obstacles and improve your overall quality of life.


Begin Your Journey to Personal Growth and Healing Today

If you're ready to take the first step towards healing, growth, and a brighter future, I invite you to get in touch with me at Jodie James Counselling Services. I am here to support you every step of the way, providing expert guidance and understanding as you work towards achieving your goals.


Contact me today to schedule your initial consultation and embark on your journey to personal growth and healing. 

Jodie James

Your local therapist

Jodie James Counselling Services is dedicated to offering our walking therapy services to the local communities of Manchester. Our warm and compassionate approach to therapy has helped clients from various towns, including Whitefield, Prestwich, Bury, Radcliffe, Crumpsall, Blackley, Middleton, Salford, Swinton, Pendlebury, Eccles, Failsworth, Little Lever, Kearsley, Manchester, Farnworth, Droylsden, Irlam, Tyldesley, Walkden, Tottington, Bolton, Heywood, Chadderton, Royton, Shaw and Crompton, Stretford, Denton, Ashton-under-Lyne, Westhoughton, Atherton, Sale, Urmston, Hyde, Oldham, Ramsbottom, Milnrow, Worsley, Horwich, Castleton, and more.

We believe that mental health support should be accessible to everyone, and we are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those in our local communities. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or any other mental health concern, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you on your journey towards emotional well-being.

Walking Counselling FAQs

What is walking therapy?

Walking therapy is a form of counselling that takes place during a walk outdoors, typically in a park or natural setting. It combines the benefits of talk therapy with the physical and mental health benefits of walking and spending time in nature.


How does walking therapy differ from traditional counselling?

In traditional counselling, the sessions usually take place in a therapist's office, with the client and therapist seated. Walking therapy, on the other hand, involves walking and talking side-by-side in a natural setting, which can create a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, promoting open communication and reflection.


Who can benefit from walking therapy?

Walking therapy can be suitable for a wide range of people, including those who may feel more comfortable or open when in motion or outdoors. It can be particularly helpful for individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression, as walking and spending time in nature have been shown to have positive effects on mental health.


What should I wear for walking therapy sessions?

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking outdoors. Dress appropriately for the weather and consider bringing a water bottle, sunscreen, or any other items needed for your comfort during the session.


What if it rains or the weather is bad?

In case of bad weather, your therapist may suggest rescheduling the session, moving the session indoors (if possible), or opting for an alternative counselling format, such as telephone or video therapy, for that particular session.


How long are walking therapy sessions?

Walking therapy sessions typically last for the same duration as traditional counselling sessions, approximately 50 minutes to an hour. However, the length may be adjusted based on your individual needs and preferences.


Will our conversations remain confidential during walking therapy?

Your therapist will make every effort to maintain confidentiality during walking therapy sessions by choosing quieter, more secluded walking routes and keeping a reasonable distance from others. However, it is important to be aware that complete privacy cannot be guaranteed in public spaces.


Can I combine walking therapy with other forms of counselling?

Yes, many people find it helpful to combine walking therapy with other forms of counselling, such as face-to-face, telephone, or video sessions. Talk to your therapist about the best approach for your individual needs and preferences.


How do I get started with walking therapy?

If you're interested in walking therapy or have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Jodie James Counselling Services. We'll be happy to discuss your needs and help you determine if walking therapy is the right fit for you.

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