Texas Team Pairs Psychotherapy, Exercise

As one of the most effective treatments available for symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related concerns, psychotherapy has enjoyed a long history of assisting clients who face considerable personal challenges, but has also remained open to the potential for concurrent activities to aid in recovery. In particular, exercise and physical movement have largely been embraced as supporting elements that can go a long way towards improving the efficacy of therapy and adding many psychological benefits to clients’ lives. Though many therapists and other professionals may recommend that their clients participate in physical exercise regimens, not all are able to offer an in-house program, something that a team in Texas has successfully launched for residents hoping to enjoy a better quality of life while they overcome mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns.

The team takes advantage of the increasingly popular format of group therapy, and carries this sense of community through to its physical activity offerings. Twice a week, participants are given an initial session in which to share their thoughts and feelings with the team’s therapist as well as with each other. After the session, clients focus on their general physical well-being through exploring nutrition and other important topics, while also joining in on walking, running, and other heart-pumping exercise modules. The specific offering of both psychotherapy and exercise may prove to help many clients access meaningful services that they may have otherwise overlooked or neglected to seek. As finding and acting upon the motivation to engage in therapy as well as to begin a personal exercise or nutritional program can be challenging even in the absence of depression, having both opportunities in a single service may result in greater use and accessibility. As the role of exercise in mental health becomes more clear, other potential teams may join together to provide comprehensive experiences for clients.

© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • runninfast


    February 24th, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    My daily run fills the hole in my soul like nothing else can. So glad to see that others are embracing the exercise as therapy phenomenon and that it is helping other patients. Run on!

  • Tim


    February 24th, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    A healthy body promotes a healthy mind and vice versa…we cannot do without either of these and because these two are inter-related, it makes perfect sense to maintain and manage both in a way that a common thing can be explored and utilized to help ourselves in both the spheres.

  • orlando


    February 24th, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    its great to know that now people under psychotherapy can keep their physical health on track at a time when they are in therapy itself because the earlier practice would be of the two having to be done seperately.

  • Therapy4help


    February 25th, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Various forms of massage require different techniques to be performed. For almost all the massages, it is imperative that fingers and hands are used to perform it however there are certain types that require other body parts such as elbows, feet and forearms to be used

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