Counseling on the couch isn’t for everyone, so Southwest resident Tammie Rosenbloom is taking her practice to the lakes.
“When I moved to Minneapolis 23 years ago, I knew I wanted to live by the lakes,” she said. “I noticed people there getting into really deep conversations. I thought, wouldn’t it be a cool idea to walk with people and problem solve?”
With Rosenbloom’s last child off to college, she’s ready to launch Walk Talk Therapy. She meets her clients outside Caribou on Excelsior and they walk around Lake Calhoun — at any pace. East metro clients meet on Summit Avenue and walk along the river. During the winter, she’ll walk at the Life Time Fitness track, the Downtown skyways or the mall. In the future, she’d like to add a couple of treadmills to her office.
“I’ve done a lot of research along the way that points to all the benefits of exercise,” Rosenbloom said. “It lifts your mood and helps you feel less anxious.”
Walk therapy has already been tested in L.A. and New York. Rosenbloom met with a New York-based walking therapist for a stroll through Central Park, and he said the practice is particularly effective for men uncomfortable with eye contact.
Rosenbloom thinks it will also work well for teenagers.
“When they’re sitting with their parents in the car, not looking at each other eye-to-eye, they tend to open up a lot more,” she said. “At the kitchen table, they clam up.”
Rosenbloom is a licensed independent clinical social worker, and she works as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Her website is walktalktherapymn.com.