Noli_me_tangere “Do Not Touch Me”

A rather interesting post board is running on LinkedIn about the issue of “hugging” clients to which I have added my two bobs worth.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noli_me_tangere

There is absolutely no question that “therapeutic touch” or “big touch as in a hug” does carry with it the propensity for reassuring support, however the best intention of the therapist in relenting to give a client a hug is fraught with immense danger so absolutely no touch is acceptable under any circumstances in Counselling therapy.

It is understood that there will be many body sensitive therapists who will challenge this “no touch” dictum as being extreme, however should they continue to ignore this warning they shall be doing so at their own risk, as the day will come when suggestion is made of touch being inappropriate, regardless of how well intended the therapist was in the delivery of their professional duty.   As the following Linkedin discussion will reveal there are varied opinions around this particular aspect of our Counselling work.

Here below follows my comment on the LinkedIn site:  Is it ok to hug a client at the end of a session?

I have been following this topic closely & see and understand the comments clearly, what is more, I believe that touch can certainly contribute to healing, however as a practicing professional therapists I declare that I shall never touch my clients, it is simply too dangerous & as much as we may want to show our empathic understanding with a gentle touch, that may well be a demonstration of our own need which simply must be contained.
This is my second post on this topic, & after some really heavy Supervision on this matter I state here emphatically that hugging is most definitely OUT, along with any inkling to touch our clients.

Whilst some clients may actually seek physical contact after therapy having “warmed” to a healed sense of awareness, the Counsellor’s professional contract with the client is for psychological therapy on deeper unseen levels of our being and so effectiveness to this element of our work maybe seriously & permanently jeopardized by crossing or merging the etheric boundary. Furthermore we never know at that time just how this client may or may not react regardless of our best assumptions, even more the case they may or may not reach full recovery, or relapse, so we as therapists whilst remaining in the mindful state of loving presence must also maintain a slightly aloof self state from complete connection.

Where as, when clients contract to have acupuncture, massage or such similar hands on medical & physical treatments we enter an entirely different contract to work with infinite levels & layers of physical stress & tension held within the conditioned body. Even so when the treatment is complete the original aloof distance between client & therapist must be immediately & professionally reestablished to effect closure for that session.

Bondi Junction Counselling Services is within the Bondi Junction Massage & Float Centre  Our professionally qualified Counsellors & Massage therapists know, respect, & thoroughly understand the dignity & absolute confidence expected by & given to our clients.

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Extract from 60 Minutes with Abbott & Liz Hayes

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Peter Robert Garrett AM MP is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and politician. Garrett was lead singer of the rock band Midnight Oil from 1973 until its disbanding in 2002.

In the full knowledge that Peter Garrett’s  Mother was incinerated in their family home Tony Abbott resorted to the lowest of the low by viciously & dishonestly attacking Peter Garrett in the parliament by using the most vile accusations in a wicked & scandalous attack on the Minister after the unfortunate death of some installers of ceiling insulation in a programme designed to conserve energy and employ hundreds.

Here below is a part extract of Liz Hayes 60 Minute interview with Tony Abbott if you ever need to be convinced that Abbott deliberately lies just view the above link from the parliament where the attack dog reveals the Tony that we all know and will not trust.

As Liz suggest he can loose the election & Australia really does need Abbott out of Canberra & out of our lives completely. Displaying such psychopathic behaviour Abbott is a danger to himself and all of Australia & Australians.

Should you doubt this just check the company he keeps when he is not dining with Rupert Murdoch’s mob.:

Abbott & Hadley Cut

LIZ HAYES: Jay Leno, the comedian in America, said that “politics is show business for ugly people”.

TONY ABBOTT: Yeah – that’s right.

LIZ HAYES: You think so?

TONY ABBOTT: Well, it’s more than show business.

TONY ABBOTT IN PARLIAMENT: These are people’s lives at stake and you show no remorse, you show no concern, and you show no urgency about anything except saving your own hide.

LIZ HAYES: In the last few weeks, Tony Abbott has relentlessly attacked the Government’s failed insulation program, which cost the lives of four people.

TONY ABBOTT IN PARLIAMENT: He’s not worthy of their continued confidence.

LIZ HAYES: You’ve hounded Peter Garrett almost to the grave. When you’re deciding on that strategy do you ever take into account the human being?

TONY ABBOTT: You try to. I don’t think Peter Garrett is a bad man. I just think in this very important respect he’s been a bad minister

LIZ HAYES: I understand that, but when you’re determining your strategy, you know that Peter Garrett’s mother died in a house fire yet you get into Parliament and you say, “You have no remorse!” You know that he must.

TONY ABBOTT: But he hasn’t shown it. That’s the problem.

LIZ HAYES: Could you see not the hurt in his face?

TONY ABBOTT: In his heart, I dare say he has been tortured, but politicians have to be judged on what they say and on what they do, not what may be going on in their guts.

LIZ HAYES: Tony Abbott has never stepped back from a fight. He was a champion boxer at Oxford University. For a short time he trained to be a priest and dabbled in journalism before being elected to Parliament. But his life’s greatest challenge – to be prime minister – lies ahead. GINA IN A Rickshaw

Yup lies ahead & lots of lies at that.

His body language, mental paralysis  & darting tongue are dead set give away’s of his dangerous spiteful reptilian ancestors.