Touch in Psychotherapy
Theory, Research, and Practice
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Should a therapist ever shake hands with a client, or touch a client's hand or shoulder? There are taboos against erotic touch in psychotherapy, for excellent reasons, but what about nonerotic touch? These latter forms of physical contact are not explicitly taboo and they can be powerful forms of communication. Research and clinical experience indicate that they can contribute to positive therapeutic change when used appropriately. What, then, is appropriate use?
Table of Contents
Part I: Theoretical and Ethical Considerations.Smith, Traditions of Touch in Psychotherapy. Kertay, Reviere, Touch in Context. Smith, A Taxonomy and Ethics of Touch in Psychotherapy. Bar-Levav, A Rationale for Physical Touching in Psychotherapy. Part II: Research Perspectives. Fagan, Silverthorn, Research on Communication by Touch. Milakovich, Differences Between Therapists Who Touch and Those Who Do Not. Clance, Petras, Therapists' Recall of Their Decision-Making Processes Regading the Use of Touch in Ongoing Psychotherapy: A Preliminary Study. Geib, The Experience of Nonerotic Physical Contact in Traditional Psychotherapy. Horton, Further Research on the Patient's Experience of Touch in Therapy. Part III: Insights from Practice.Fagan, Thoughts on Using Touch in Psychotherapy. Glickhauf-Hughes, Chance, An Object Relations Perspective on the Use of Touch in Psychotherapy. Imes, Long-Term Client's Experience of Touch in Gestalt Therapy. Lawry, Touch and Clients Who Have Been Sexually Abused. Mandelbaum, The Impact of Physical Touch on Professional Development. Torraco, Jean's Legacy: On the Use of Physical Touching Long-Term Psychotherapy.