Is it appropriate or not for counsellors, psychotherapists to use physical touch within counselling and psychotherapy?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90336
Title:
Is it appropriate or not for counsellors, psychotherapists to use physical touch within counselling and psychotherapy?
Authors:
Ward, Heather
Abstract:
This research asks the question ‘Is it appropriate or not for counsellors, psychotherapists, to use physical touch within counselling and psychotherapy?’ The study aims to seek the views of therapists using a hermeneutic approach. Current literature on touch is presented to give the reader a foundation upon which to examine the text produced from interviews. The views of the informants are then analysed by grouping the text into themes and then categorising the views, before drawing comparisons. A much closer examination of the text also appears to reveal, through parapraxis, more of what the informant thinks about touch, allowing the researcher and the reader the opportunity for interpretation and a deeper understanding. Ten themes around the subject of touch are identified. The main themes are: when and where touch is used and who initiates it. Touch is also explored in relation to boundaries: metaphorical touch, touch and secrecy, touch and gender; linked with feelings of the therapist and also linked with power. The analysis indicates that although therapists state clearly whether they think touch is appropriate or not, the findings point to a degree of incongruence. On completion of the research, one of the main findings indicates that there appears to be confusion among therapists regarding the use of tough. Three areas are identified for further research: 1) is it right to touch under certain circumstances?; 2) does touch in certain client groups enhance the therapeutic experience; 3) what is the effect of touch on the client?.
Issue Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90336
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorWard, Heatheren
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:47:05Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T10:47:05Z-
dc.date.issued2005-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90336-
dc.description.abstractThis research asks the question ‘Is it appropriate or not for counsellors, psychotherapists, to use physical touch within counselling and psychotherapy?’ The study aims to seek the views of therapists using a hermeneutic approach. Current literature on touch is presented to give the reader a foundation upon which to examine the text produced from interviews. The views of the informants are then analysed by grouping the text into themes and then categorising the views, before drawing comparisons. A much closer examination of the text also appears to reveal, through parapraxis, more of what the informant thinks about touch, allowing the researcher and the reader the opportunity for interpretation and a deeper understanding. Ten themes around the subject of touch are identified. The main themes are: when and where touch is used and who initiates it. Touch is also explored in relation to boundaries: metaphorical touch, touch and secrecy, touch and gender; linked with feelings of the therapist and also linked with power. The analysis indicates that although therapists state clearly whether they think touch is appropriate or not, the findings point to a degree of incongruence. On completion of the research, one of the main findings indicates that there appears to be confusion among therapists regarding the use of tough. Three areas are identified for further research: 1) is it right to touch under certain circumstances?; 2) does touch in certain client groups enhance the therapeutic experience; 3) what is the effect of touch on the client?.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectHermeneuticsen
dc.subjectTouchen
dc.titleIs it appropriate or not for counsellors, psychotherapists to use physical touch within counselling and psychotherapy?en
dc.typeThesisen
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