Touch In Psychotherapy The Consequences Of Touch

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Touch In Psychotherapy:
The Consequences Of Touch

How does one traverse the intensely intimate relationship between patient and therapist without doing damage to either, allowing the patient's most intense feelings, fantasies, hopes, and desires-and the therapist's as well-to work without impairing their mutual and individual integrity? How do you as a therapist gain insight into how each one of your clients perceive touch? What are the client’s values, biases and experiences in regards to how they will interpret and react to your touch? These are questions we must answer before we end up on the slippery slope of touch. There are ethical and legal concerns to the use of touch, “The ethical concern seems to reduce to fear that... View More »

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“Schoener has consulted in more than 3000 cases of sexual misconduct by professionals and was a member of the Task Force on Sexual Impropriety of the American Psychological Association and its Advisory Committee on the Impaired Psychologist. The Walk-In Counseling Center was the recipient of the 1977 Gold Achievement Award in Hospital and Community Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association.” (3.)
Their was a book written by Dr Paul Vereshack, in which he admitted to allowing a patient to touch him in a sexual way in order to relive memories of her own sexual abuse as a child. (Dr Vereshack now admits that this is a dangerous practice. Although the particular patient felt she was helped, and came to his defense, he has declared that he will never allow it to happen again). Weather she came to his defense or not this is the slippery slope we tread if we allow touch into our sessions. There were two more stories that shocked me, in the first; “the therapist offered her breast to a male patient to suckle on. In the second, a group session, a female therapist removed her clothes and invited her patients to massage her naked body (except for the sexual areas)”. (4.) Alas I have found the information that totally seals the deal for me in regards to touch. We simply can not let this type of thing happen to our clients, they are vulnerable-we are vulnerable and by making it ok to engage the first physical step in any sexual act, touch, we are in for a lot more stories like this. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, we all get aroused, and I am sure that ...

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