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Naked Therapy and Women

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Naked therapy gives a new meaning to baring it all with your therapist. Although men seem to be most drawn to this new type of therapy, women can still possibly get some benefits.


“Naked Therapy is a form of talk therapy in which the therapist and/or the patient get naked in an environment in which arousal (physical, emotional and/or intellectual) is encouraged and utilized to arrive at unique self-discoveries,” according to the website. “Naked Therapy is based on the assertion that it is not enough to say a person seeks arousal just 'because he naturally wants sex.' People seek physical arousal not only to feel physically good, but for the psychological benefits and effects of it.”

A Google search will bring up all sorts of articles disputing this therapy’s legitimacy, and the therapists aren’t licensed through any official process. However, Sarah White, the founder of Naked Therapy and the concept of “power through arousal,” believes that her therapy can help people discover more about themselves.

“I'm not licensed but am highly educated,” White said in an email. On her website, she stated that she majored in psychology, biology and art as an undergraduate and is still pursuing further psychology education. “It's a new form of therapy - I founded it in 2010 - and I am currently looking into the most effective research methods for assessing that.”

It does appear that there was nude psychotherapy in the 1960s, created by Paul Bindrim, according to various articles. There is also a book called “Therapy, Nudity & Joy: The Therapeutic Use of Nudity Through the Ages from Ancient Ritual to Modern Psychology,” by Aileen Goodson, printed in 1991. However, White’s nude therapy seems to be the most current form.

The naked therapy website stated that patients come to naked therapy for different reasons, including relationships issues, sex issues, pornography addiction, frustration and confidence issues. Some don’t necessarily have anything “wrong” with them, but just want to try a unique experience. Some might just come for the nudity itself.

“Nudity is part of it,” White said.

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I am a credentialed Ph.D. therapist and took part in nude therapy training with Hartman and Fithian after experiencing it for myself in the 1970s. I use nudity as one tool of several including REBT, TA, and hypnosis. With certain clients, it is an important way for them to access emotions which they have stored in body structures. This used sparingly, always followed by processing the emotions that arise. Clothing is used as armor to protect us from facing our own feelings. The vulnerability of removing the armor helps the client to confront emotions and early childhood decisions. While complete nudity is encouraged, some clients choose to remain partially clothed. Even this often is helpful. At no time is the therapist nude. No sexual contact is made or implied.

October 5, 2014 - 8:27pm
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