The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy by Michael G. Hunter download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Therapists, as this article articulates, also struggle with issues of touch in an increasingly adversarial legal and cultural environment. The study of attitudes towards touch in therapy primarily involves issues related to sexual feelings, sexual touch and sexual boundary violations.
Persons of a higher class may touch persons of a lower class, but not vice versa. Other surveys of clients who have experienced touch in psychotherapy indicate that touch reinforced their sense of the therapist's caring and involvement.
Following are several categories and their elements. We have learned much about ourselves as people and as psychotherapists.
In fact, the absence of loving touch has been documented to have profound impact on the will to live. It is most often done in response to grief, sorrow, distress, anguish, agony, sadness or upset. Beyond Verbal Communication Most psychotherapists are wedded to the spoken word and often rigidly focus on and adhere to verbal communication. One approach, often referred to as body psychotherapy, or somatic psychotherapy, sometimes uses touch as one of its primary tools while also employing verbal communication.
Instruction begins by teaching a kind of attunement, training the caregiver to be observant of cues that indicate if the baby is being soothed or stressed by the type of touch. Primarily Euro-American cultures in general, particularly that of North American white-Anglos, have developed a set of unspoken taboos in regard to touch.
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