OFF THE BEATEN PATH PSYCHOLOGY AND WELLNESS
KRISTY MCCONNELL, R. PSYCH. 
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA PSYCHOLOGIST
RUN WALK AND TALK, EMDR THERAPIST

403-607-7999

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FAQS

 

HOW DO WE GET STARTED?

During the initial phone consultation, we will chat about what has brought you to consider therapy, and what you hope to achieve. If together we decide we are a good fit, we will determine a meeting location for our first session: inside or outside. Each session is 50 minutes long. At the first session we will discuss what you can expect, how to manage seeing someone you know during sessions, and a plan for future sessions.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?

The healing benefits of movement and exercise are well-established and continue to grow. However, sometimes it can be difficult to prioritize your own self-care and take part in regular movement and exercise. Off the Beaten Path is an out of the ordinary approach to talk therapy that is complimented by running or walking in unison with each other. It is not a get-fit, get-thin, or exercise scheme. Walking or running alongside each other can be less intimidating than sitting across from someone in a typical counselling office. Walking and running has also been associated with greater mental clarity and creativity, so why not combine the two? For those who are not quite ready to take it outdoors, or who would like the option of outside or inside, office appointments are also available.

HOW DO WE DECIDE WHETHER TO WALK OR RUN AND AT WHAT PACE?

Therapy is about building a trusting relationship where communication provides a solid foundation. You determine whether we walk or run, and how fast or slow, but we will always aim for being able to run or walk at a conversational pace. This is also known as running or walking at an aerobic level where you are not going into oxygen debt. You will also determine when we take breaks and rest, and may decide that meeting at the office is preferable on a particular day. Part of my role in our relationship is to notice and bring awareness to the mind-body connection, such as what might be going on when breath is laboured, or if legs seem tired. How you walk or run is often a metaphor for our lives that we can discuss during our sessions together. Are you the person who tries to do too much all at once- an overachiever? Do you have a hard time asserting your needs in a relationship- assertiveness? Do you have a hard time listening to your body and being present in the moment- mindfulness? Pacing is an important tool that we will consider in movement and in our therapeutic relationship.

I'M INTERESTED IN EMDR. WHAT NOW?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a treatment method intended to help relieve the distress connected to past memories that are stuck. These memories might be past traumas, such as bullying, early attachment wounds, or First Responder workplace stressors. EMDR helps by accessing the brain's adaptive information processing system. If this sounds like something that might help, we can discuss what treatment would look like and what to consider.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED AND WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

I provide therapeutic services inside and outside to clients in Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta, with the beautiful Rocky Mountains as our backdrop. We may meet in Nose Creek Park, Chinook Winds, or at my office in Airdrie. I am also willing to meet clients in Cochrane or Chestermere; however, additional fees would be applied. 

We Canadians are known for our resiliency, no matter the weather. There are very few days that you won't see Calgarians running along the river or in Fish Creek Park, but somedays are just too cold to run. If that is the case, we can adjust our pace and walk, meet at my office, or meet online via Skype or Google Hangouts. 

OKAY, WHAT'S NEXT?

Give me a call at 403-607-7999 and we can chat more about any other questions you have. 

You can also view our Policies and Procedures Manual for further information. 

Direct billing is available for members of Alberta Blue Cross, the RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Veterans. 

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE.