Clinical Considerations Regarding the Use of Touch in Psychotherapy
Keywords:use of touch in psychotherapy, somatic psychotherapy, ethical issues, types of therapeutic touch
AbstractThe use of touch in psychotherapy has been a topic of discussion since Freud stopped touching his patients. Psychology in general has moved away from utilizing touch as a therapeutic intervention. However, several body-oriented clinical approaches, such as Bioenergetic Analysis, Neo-Reichian therapy, Core Energetics, Hakomi, and Somatic Experiencing, include touch as approved interventions. This article explores how touch can be used ethically in clinical practice. Types of touch and ethical considerations are discussed as well as the need for training and more research.
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