Taking Therapy off the Couch and Onto the Trail®

Taking Therapy Outdoors ®

Trailtalk is unique in offering the opportunity for “Walk and Talks” with a professionally trained psychotherapist.

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What is Trailtalk?

Trailtalk’s model of care, Therapylite ™ , destigmatizes access to mental heath care services.

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Vacation + Therapy Retreat = Theracations®

A Theraction is your opportunity to restore, reboot, relax, and recreate in beautiful Park City, Utah.

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Vote for Trailtalk

Vote for Trailtalk

We are pleased to announce that Trailtalk has been nominated for Utah Valley’s “BEST OF” contest in Utah Valley Magazine.  It is an absolute honor to be nominated as one of the best counseling centers in Utah County. This is an exciting opportunity for Trailtalk to spread the word that we’ve opened an affiliate in Provo and to continue our journey to make emotional care accessible to all.  Please support Trailtalk by voting! Just look for the category: “Counseling Centers” and click on Trailtalk.  Thank you for taking the time to vote and for continually contributing to Trailtalk’s success and vision. Vote...

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What are you Carrying for Emotional Baggage?

What are you carrying for emotional baggage? Do you even know? Not all Emotional Sherpas are aware of what they carry on their backs. You’d think they’d have packed their own bags, but that’s not always the case. Some of us take on the role of the Emotional Sherpa at a very young age. It’s the family dance, and we step to it regardless of how it’s orchestrated. The steps of the Emotional Sherpa are common to many of us. It’s the person in the family who tries to “make it all better.” It’s the peacekeeper, or the rescuer. This family member wants to make sure everyone’s happy and safe, and not fighting. They grow up to be people who hate confrontation, and can’t say no. They are the helpers, the people pleasers, and very adaptable. These traits are a double edge sword if you know what I mean. On the one hand, these characteristics are healthy and are necessary in some professional positions.  On the other hand, these same traits lead to boundary issues. Emotional Sherpas try (that’s the key word here) to control the emotional energy of the family. As the Sherpa ages out of their family of origin, they tend to gravitate toward partners who step to similar family dance patterns. For instance, the young woman with an alcoholic father might marry an alcoholic. She knows how to dance that dance. It’s familiar, and we humans are attracted to the familiar. So what, you say?  Well, this only matters when the Emotional Sherpa starts wearing down. It’s exhausting carrying the load of others. So, what to...

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Re-Trace, Re-Root, Re-Route

2016 Re-Trace Re-Boot Re-Route How was 2016 for you?  It was not one of my stellar years. I spent half the year recovering from an unexpected illness. Things have changed. I’ve changed. I’m going to keep changing. That’s one of life’s many guarantees. On that note, as 2016 ends, I’m taking some time to retrace my 2016 experiences, and re-route for 2017.  No more running into the next year doing the same things and getting the same results. No more autopilot, running on empty, saying yes when I want to say no, doing too much, too fast, and suffering the physical toll from ignoring my emotional health. According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, and expecting the same results. I’m talking about considering: how I spend my time, who I spend it with, what I choose to do to contribute to society, what’s important to me, and what I plan to do this year to be the best me. Why bother? Because I believe my personal growth has the greatest impact on my life and those in it. If you are unhappy with your current circumstances, gift yourself with time to change it up. You are the only one who can do that. We can’t blame mom, dad, our spouse, or current partner. No one is doing our life for us. We each have to own our own stuff. That also means only carrying our own baggage. Repacking that baggage and leaving behind what doesn’t serve us any longer is what I’m talking about. Read more about being an Emotional Sherpa here. Remember,...

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Client Talk

Trailtalk is the best… Allison’s diverse knowledge provided me with unique skills to improve my life more than I imagined possible. It really feels amazing to expose the magnificence inside without limits and live life again....

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Trailtalk was an amazing way for me to be able to speak my mind freely and express my feelings and thoughts without feeling self conscious.. Being outdoors and talking about my issues was healing in both my mind and body… I highly recommend this form of therapy…...

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After trying several therapists for my teen, we finally found Trailtalk. My daughter was comfortable talking to the therapist as she walked her dog along the trails. Having her canine best friend along made therapy more relaxing. Allison has patience with teens like my daughter who wants someone to really listen and validate, not just give advice....

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