Touch in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

Editor : Edward W.L. Smith, Editor : Pauline R. Clance

Touch in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice

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  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : January 2001
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 6146
  • ISBN 13 : 9781572306622
  • ISBN 10 : 1572306629

Also by Edward W.L. Smith

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New paperback edition. This comprehensive compendium of theory, therapy, research and practice deals with touch in all situations. Such as how to make an ethical decision, how to factor patient and therapist variables, and how to evaluate diagnostic, process and therapeutic factors to promote therapy. 235 pages.

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As a therapist, do you ever shake hands with a client? Do you ever lightly touch a client's hand or shoulder as a conversational marker? What happens if you inadvertently touch a client? Non erotic touch is a powerful form of communication, and research and clinical experience indicate that it can contribute to positive therapeutic change when used appropriately. This thoughtful book brings together experienced clinicians to review the research and to offer ethical, theoretical, and practical guidelines for using non erotic touch in therapy settings. Featuring extensive clinical commentary and case examples, chapters address such topics as evaluating a client's desire to be touched, working with survivors of sexual abuse, the role of touch in regression and re parenting approaches, communicating with clients about the use of touch, and managing "touch errors."

"...I am very glad to have this book available for my students and for verbal-oriented therapists who have questions about the use of touch....I recommend this book to Gestalt therapists and others interested in having an informed understanding of touch in psychotherapy."
-Gestalt Review (James I. Kepner in Volume 3, Number 4, 1999)

"This masterful and comprehensive compendium of theory, research and practice is sure to edify psychotherapists of all persuasions and levels of experience. In Touch in Psychotherapy, old pros provide timeless wisdom about a previously perplexing topic."
-Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, Director, The Milton Erickson Foundation

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