Practice management of practitioners utilizing therapeutic touch.


The purpose of the paper is to describe, clarify, and deduce the meanings and lived experiences of therapists’ decision-making processes concerning whether to use or refrain from using therapeutic touch in therapy. The paper presents an exploration of therapists’ experiences with touch: comfort with it, perceptions of its effectiveness in fostering a relationship, personal desire to use it, and professional education and orientation suggesting that they use or abstain from using it. The areas concerning touch include the value of touch, therapist-client relationships, function of touch in therapy, power differential, misunderstood intentions, and preparedness, highlighted the complexities surrounding the decision-making processes of therapists. The paper highlights many complexities that exist within therapeutic relationships and calls for a greater, more cohesive conceptual paradigm to help guide practice managers as well as therapists through the issues that arise while engaging in an intimate and professional encounter.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Perlman, A.,
StJohn, L.,
Greif, T. B
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Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
International Journal of Strategic Management
109- 114
International Academy of Business and Economics
Date Published: 
Monday, March 4, 2013
Place Published: 
United States of America
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Dr. Marius Gavriletea
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