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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Blog Talk

Living on the edge of Stress. Is it a lifestyle?

Stressed out? Being stressed out works well for some of us. It sure keeps people at arms distance. “Don’t ask her for help, she’s way too busy to bother.” Or, “he’s on the verge of screech, better not ask him for anything.” Staying too busy keeps us stuck in either an angry mode, an avoidant mode, or a frozen state. The fight, flight, freeze mechanism is a powerful biological system. It’s designed to inform us, not rule us. It’s called the HPA axis. Read more here.  The thing is, our bodies don’t know the difference between a real threat ( being chased by a tiger) or a percieved threat (a thought that scares us). And over active HPA axis is exhausting. Being angry all the time, or running away/avoiding conflict eventually leads to fatigue and a freeze state. No more energy to fight the fight. No more energy to run the race of avoidance. When our stressors overwhelm our coping skills, we are in trouble. We fatigue. Many of us just give up, or go into autopilot and living on the edge on stress becomes a lifestyle. Can you relate? So where’s the balancing point between overwhelm and action?Here are a few TIPS from the TRAIL to help you find your sweet spot on the balance board of life: Track your mood patterns. Many of us don’t do well when the days shorten, and the sun doesn’t shine 24/7.  Anticipate the shift in September (or April/May) and set up your desktop Light Therapy lamp. I like the two offered in Trailtalk’s website store. See http://trailtalkpc.com/draft-of-store-2/. Turn the mirror or...

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Trailogy of the Emotional Sherpa: Resetting our Emotional Compasses

The Emotional Sherpa is back on the TRUE trail after an unexpected detour. Life happens, and then you get back up, and keep on keep-in on. Stress is just part of life. Some of us pile on more stress because we learned to take care of others at too young of an age. It’s the Emotional Sherpas among us who have a tendency to help others a little too much.  We are the peacekeepers and rescuers whom lovingly try to control the outcome of our loved one’s journeys. We don’t want anyone to fail, or feel pain, or suffer from their poor decisions. It’s being “too good” at parenting, caring, and loving others. Emotional Sherpas can’t bear to see their loved ones suffer. We as parents, spouses, friends, bosses, sisters, and/or brothers want desperately to help others avoid impending pitfalls, mistakes, and mishaps that could cause suffering. Does this sound familiar? “Don’t touch the stove. Don’t touch the stove.”  OUCH!!!  “Why did you touch the stove? I told you not to touch the stove.”  We are experiential beings. Tell someone not to do something, and they will probably do the opposite. You peaked their interest! That doesn’t mean we don’t protect our young children. It doesn’t mean we aren’t involved or interested in our loved one’s lives. We all need elders, mentors, teachers, and guides throughout our lives who come along side us, encourage us, coach us, and applaud our hard work. You know the parable, “teach someone to fish, don’t fish for them.” That’s the tough part for some of us. We want to do it for them...

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Sleep: Is it Overrated?

Sleep.  Is it overrated? It does seem overrated during some periods of our lives. Can you recall periods in your life when you got so much done when you only slept 4 to 5 hours? Most of us can’t go without sleep for more than a few days without it catching up to us. If we don’t sleep we eventually loose it in some way or another.  We lose our sense of judgment. We lose our tempers more easily. And, we end up wasting more time than if we had slept!! Sleep is one of the structural beams (or functional boundaries) supporting our TRUE YOU Homes.  My next blog will explain more about what that means. As you know, our sleep habits change throughout the life cycle. Developing sound sleep habits at a young age helps. Creating bedtime routines for our children is the starting point. During our teen and college years our sleep cycles shift and often wreck havoc on our physical and mental health. Stress and traumatic life events will impact our sleep. And then the dreaded perimenopause, menopause, and male-o pause can negatively impact our sleep. So, how do we remedy a poor sleep problem? Here are some important questions to ask yourself regarding your sleep habits.   Do you feel well rested during the day? How many hours are you sleeping each night? Does this vary from weekday to weekend day? Do you have any trouble getting to sleep? Does your mind start to race upon lying down? Do aches or pains prevent you from sleeping? Do you feel an urge to move around at...

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Client Talk

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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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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