The Role of Touch
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physical contact has proven and continues to be a controversial aspect in therapy. Its use by some is considered absolutely contrary to the therapeutic process and is to be avoided at all costs; even to not shaking hands with the client.
Even so, touch is such a direct and definitive way of communicating body to body Kepner (2001, p77), and Mearns (1994, p87) gives an example to show touch being used to help the client focus and to communicate human warmth.
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