Healing Touch
Honoring the Somatic Dimension of Psyche (2012)
PDF format, 84 pages, $20 USD

There is a taboo about using touch as an intervention in psychotherapy.
In Healing Touch, I propose that this taboo is largely due to a lack of somatic understanding and to what I call “touch illiteracy.” The fear of touching clients expressed by professionals in the mental health field has obscured the need for specialized training that can educate therapists who want to include touch in their repertoire of interventions.

The exploration of touch undertaken in this ebook is based on the premise that splitting the causes of disease into either somatic or psychological origins leads to an impasse. Following the current developments in psychobiology, the body is seen as an environment for energy transduction with an uninterrupted chain of communication moving in reciprocal loops bottom-up from nonverbal micro-levels of the body and from top-down verbal, cognitive awareness.

Touch is explored as a tool that supports the integration in awareness of issues that lie encoded in nonverbal body memory. I focus on nurturing touch as intrinsic to all other forms of healing touch and present three session examples of the use of touch in the therapeutic relationship.

Touch & Sexual Healing
Touch as the Primary Element of Sexual and Erotic Expression (2007)
PDF format, 36 pages, $10 USD

In Touch and Sexual Healing, I address sensual and erotic touch experiences from several perspectives. I explore the personal and intimate sensual and erotic dimension of our human relational experience. First, I look at the neural basis of the sense of touch by reviewing the key tactile receptors in the skin, muscles, and deep tissues and their effect on the brain. With these sensory principles in mind, I present touch exercises that address the development of palpation awareness. Then, I look at how the power of intention and the importance of focused attention help us enter the present moment of sexual relationship and fine tune the psychological experience of touching a partner erotically. Finally, I consider the important aspect of using touch to heal the wounds that abuse and neglect leave in our lives.

I end on an inspirational note with the description of a healthy erotic touch exchange seen as a three phase unfolding of attunement, resonance, and integration.


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