What is Nude psychotherapy?

“Nude psychotherapy” is a controversial therapeutic approach that involves the client and therapist being nude during therapy sessions. This practice was first popularized in the 1960s and 1970s by therapists such as Paul Bindrim, who believed that removing clothing would help break down psychological barriers and encourage clients to be more authentic and vulnerable.

While there are proponents of nude psychotherapy who believe it can be an effective therapeutic approach, it is generally considered unethical and inappropriate by mainstream psychology and mental health organizations. The American Psychological Association, for example, strongly discourages therapists from engaging in any behavior that could be considered sexual, including being nude during therapy sessions.

Nude psychotherapy has been criticized for potentially exploiting vulnerable clients and blurring the boundaries between therapeutic and sexual relationships. In addition, it raises concerns about consent, privacy, and the potential for harm to clients.

It is important to note that any legitimate form of psychotherapy should prioritize the well-being and safety of the client, and should always maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

Shervan K Shahhian

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