It doesn't matter if it is raining or snowing - we can walk, move and sit in the recreation complex and walking track. Sometimes it is nice to walk and talk without having to worry about the weather or getting muddy feet. Walking side by side while talking about the things that matter to you - that's what therapy looks like outside the box. We can walk, or roll, or jog - the pace is up to you! We're here to listen and to help you focus on paying attention in the present moment.
What is this all about?
Instead of sitting in a counselling office, we're going to move our bodies. We will walk or roll on the indoor track at the Waterloo Rec Complex (track is wheelchair accessible). And hey - we can even jog and chat because the pace is totally up to you! Sometimes it is easier to share about what is going on in life when you are moving side by side instead of sitting face to face.
During our time together, we'll mix talking with different life skills exercises and mindfulness practices. What we talk about and what the session looks like is really up to you. We will work on your individual and family goals while paying attention to the feelings and stuff that is coming up for you during our time together.
How do I sign up?
You can email to schedule a time that works with your schedule. Please offer a few different days and time frames that could work for you. I will do my very best to find one that works!
I offer sessions Monday-Saturday and tend to book up quite quickly after 3pm.
Once you've signed up, keep on reading below to find answers to (hopefully) all of your questions.
What do I need to do before going?
The two forms you will need to complete for Get Out Adventure Therapy are:
1) Informed Consent Form (know what you’re signing up for)
2) Intake Form (help me get to know you)
These will be emailed to you after you book online. Please fill these forms out at least 24 hours before your session. By filling these forms ahead of time, you ensure that we use our time together meaningfully and not just doing paperwork. It also allows us to plan ahead to make sure that you get what you want out of counselling
Where do I go?
The Waterloo Rec Complex is located at 101 Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo. Enter through the main entrance, and Brandon will be waiting for you near an open seating circle in the lobby. His work cell phone is 519 721 4465 if you need anything the day of. Check out a photo of Brandon so you'll recognize him.
How do I get I there?
There is ample parking at the complex.
There is a bus stop nearby on Erb St. - Route #5. The nearest ION stop is Laurier-Waterloo Park Station.
The Rec complex and indoor track are wheelchair accessible. If you have accessibility requirements please email Brandon with any accessibility questions. There is an elavator to reach the indoor track upstairs.
What do I do when I arrive?
Please arrive at the Rec Complex at least 10 minutes before your session begins - use this time to tie up your sneakers and use the washroom. Brandon will meet you near an open seating circle in the lobby.
What should I wear and bring?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable walking in for an hour. The indoor track is often cold as it is above the hockey rink. There are changerooms at the Rec Complex if you need them. Comfortable footwear, such as running shoes, is ideal if you will be walking.
Please bring a water bottle (there are water bottle filling stations there) and feel free to bring a snack.
What will the session be like?
That’s up to us! You will determine the pace and we will spend time talking as we walk or move around the track. We may do some light stretching to warm up and we will use this time to check in and make a plan for each session. While at the Rec complex, we can walk/jog/roll on the track and spend time sitting in the hockey rink or at the cafe downstairs. We can also incorporate other activities depending on your goals.
Some of our sessions will have some structure to it, and some will feel more like a talk between friends. We will work on practices such as mindfulness, communication, breathing, decision making, and more.
We will do a cool down/stretching at the end of each session and debrief our time together.
What about my parents/caregivers?
Parents/Caregivers are asked to allow this one-on-one time with Brandon to build trust and create space to talk about life with someone outside of the family unit. Please remain close in case a check-in is needed. It is possible to wait in the cafe at the Rec Centre or parking lot, as well as walk the track as long as some space can be given to allow this one-on-one time with your therapist.
There are also optional caregiver written reflections, to write a letter to the youth during our sessions regarding the theme of the day (for example: reflecting on the youth’s strengths and abilities, etc). This can be a powerful experience for caregivers and youth alike.
What does it cost and how do I pay?
A 60 minute session costs $115 and a 90 minute session costs $145. The cost of your adventure therapy session may be covered under group insurance plans. Please talk to Brandon for more information. Brandon is also connected with WSIB, the Victim Quick Response Program, and PROPEL amongst other third party groups.
Payment is required at the end of your session through a number of means. An E-transfer can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit or debit cards can be presented in person, and you will only need to present your card once. All future sessions will be automatically and securely billed.
What if I can't make it?
Our cancellation policy is to give a full refund if the cancellation is done 48 hours or more in advance. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to your session will be charged 50% of your fee. Cancellations less than 24 hours prior to your session will be charged 100% of your fee. Life happens, we know, so let us know if you need to reschedule and we will always try and work with you.
What do I need to do after my session?
Depending on if our physical activity is different than your normal physical exercise, you may feel sore the following day. Make sure to consult with your health care provider if you have any concerns, or have
experienced an injury during your session. Please inform me if you have hurt yourself in any way during your session.
You are welcome to continue booking Adventure Therapy sessions at your convenience, and pending our availability. Please email me to set up our next session: