A Walk-Talk session is about you, your pace, and your comfort. The focus is on the therapeutic process and not on competition or walking until you are exhausted. Together, we will move you toward a healthier way of relating to your mind, body, and spirit.
Areas of expertise include:
Anxiety and Depression
Major Life Transitions
Eliminating Negative Habits
Trauma Therapy for Healthcare Professionals Including Therapists
“My therapeutic approach includes solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral treatment in addition to teaching the integral connection that movement, breath work, meditation and mindfulness have on our overall well-being. Establishing a compatible, strong, and trusting client-therapist relationship is my highest priority. I help each client feel comfortable and safe and reinforce flexibility and collaboration with the client in creating her treatment plan.” —Solange Swafford, LISW-CP
Solange Swafford is credentialed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). She holds a Master of Clinical Social Work Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of South Carolina. With over 17 years of experience working in hospitals, including the emergency department, a children’s advocacy center, a women’s center, and outpatient mental health settings, Solange specializes in providing her clients with the best tools to manage both crises and everyday life. She has a passion for helping clients integrate their minds, bodies, and spirits to attain their goals.
Q: Where is the walking location? Where do we meet?
I meet clients at several different locations around the greater Charleston area, including James Island County Park, Battery Park downtown, and the local beaches in our area. If there is a specific location you prefer, we can discuss those options as well.
Q: How is this different from traditional therapy?
The only difference is the client and the therapist conduct therapy while they are outside instead of in an office setting. Other than that, nothing is different. You should wear comfortable walking shoes. Many clients say that the physical act of walking together helps them process areas of their lives where they feel “stuck.” Clients enjoy the calming, grounding aspects of being in nature and walking near the water. You will feel better after a 50 minute walk.
Q: What about bad weather?
If the weather prohibits us from walking outdoors, you have the option to have a FaceTime or phone session.
Q: How long is the Walk and Talk session?
Each session/appointment is 50 minutes.
Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please e-mail me at email@example.com or call me at (843) 270-5390.
Q: What is the cost for Walk and Talk Therapy?
A 50 minute session costs $150. I am passionate about making mental health affordable; if cost is the only barrier for you to seek counseling, please contact me, and we can discuss a possible sliding scale fee.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance.
Q: What about confidentiality?
If one of us sees somebody we know, we can casually say “hello” and keep on going. We are two people simply walking and talking; there is no indication to third parties that this is a therapy session. In the client paperwork you will complete at the beginning of our first session, it will go into detail about our confidentiality agreement, and we can discuss any concerns you have about this at that time.