Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Touch and psychotherapy: A journey to the depths of the unconscious and back again
by Moreau, Gerard A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2009, 66; 1472651
Abstract (Summary)

The body/mind split has disheartened society and psychology for years. Among the ramifications of this split, the fear of touch runs deeply in society. Touch has become taboo and therefore powerful. The avoidance of touch in psychotherapy is a block to healing. It is time to face the shadow of touch. Working with the body has an advantage of quickly to core issues. This thesis proposes the use of different types of touch to create nonordinary states of consciousness. Utilizing a heuristic and hermeneutic approach, the author focuses on modalities like craniosacral work, Holotropic Breathworkâ„¢, and shamanic techniques which offer access to the unconscious. Through the use of touch, material can be gathered from the unconscious that can be brought into the therapy room. Humans were given fingers to touch; touch in conjunction with psychotherapy can continue the work toward healing the soul of clients, therapist, and the world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen D., Altman, Avrom
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1472651
ISBN: 9781109526042
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