Sarah Pullman - Bodymind Counselling

Bodymind Counselling in Victoria, BC

Does somatic counselling involve physical contact between therapist and client?

Some therapists do incorporate touch into their work. However, generally the way I work is more about helping you to have a better relationship with your own body, and more awareness of what it might be trying to tell you.

On occasion, I might sense that it would be helpful to incorporate non-invasive, non-sexual touch (for example, placing my hand on your back to help bring awareness to that area) in our work together, but we would discuss this in advance and agree upon exactly what was going to happen. You always have control over what happens in our sessions, and I also pay close attention to your comfort level and other factors when deciding if and when to incorporate touch into a session. You always have the right to refuse to be touched. You also always have the right to change your mind about being touched, even if you previously agreed to it. 

When used thoughtfully and in a context of safety, touch can bring a new dimension of awareness to the physical dimension of certain patterns, and can help to shift things in a very embodied way. 

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