John-Paul Flintoff




Walking And Talking Can Be Therapeutic

The Times asked me to interview a therapist with a difference: one who takes his clients into the great outdoors, to share stories as they walk.

We did the interview on Hampstead Heath, where I plan to take people to play Chaucer’s Game, on storytelling pilgrimages.

A therapist’s work is different, obviously, because therapy tends to involve something very private, and potentially difficult.

But the similarities were delightful:

we had a destination in mind, but took the roundabout route allowed the things we said to emerge spontaneously noticed the effect of different environments (shady groves are nothing like open meadows with extensive views) breathed fresh air, and enjoyed each other’s company (mostly, as you’ll see if you read the piece in full)

Posted: May 6, 2019

Keywords: therapy, walking, jonathan hoban