Mindful Arrival Invitation to notice where you are. Remember this exercise we will tell  you why it matters later! Orie...
Why won’t my therapist give me a hug ? All people need touch. It is as important as food for our health. Then why is it...
The Fear of Touch Psychotherapy was founded by Freud in the  Victorian era. Freud incorporated the beliefs of the times ...
Touch Saves Babies? In the 1920’s people noticed that in the  orphanages many babies were dying. Researchers set out to ...
Touch Saves Babies? They were shocked to find that infants who  received plenty of food and water were dying. They were ...
Touch Saves Hearts Some gorrillas after a long day in the jungle have a  loved one who grooms them and picks the bugs fro...
Be Part of the Revolution For years science ignored touch all together! But currently research has provided ample data t...
Who we areis createdthroughtouch…
You can tell a lot from a hand shake! Touch is profound communicator of emotion. Recent studies have found that people c...
Let’s Give It a Try?In the next few images see if you can figure out what emotion is           communicated through touch ...
WHAT EMOTIONS DO YOU SEE IN THIS      IMAGE
How Touch Can Help Us Feel   Better When We Feel Bad… Touch can be used in several ways to help  us feel better… It can ...
How Touch Can Help Us Feel    Better When We Feel Bad… Touch can help us learn to notice how we feel  our emotions in our...
Waking Up the Body: SKILL #2 It is best to use this in the morning or  when tiered! Stand with your feet shoulder width ...
Waking Up the Body: SKILL #2 Now massage your scalp, and rub  your ears between your two fingers. To finish brush lightl...
Safe Touch                         The ZONE. Feeling                           Helps You MoveWhy touch works a map!   good...
The Map: From stress to rest. Overview: Any type of touch that you find soothing,  relaxing and supportive helps you move...
Touch That Can Sooth   Placing one’s hand on one’s heart   Tapping on one’s collar bone or shoulders.   Standing in a w...
Getting the most from a hug             SKILL #3 Hugs can be great ways to sooth  emotions. However, you can make  them e...
Getting the most from a hug               SKILL #3 When you hug the person notice your own body and  the sensations insid...
How Touch Changes         The Brain… Orbital Frontal Cortex – The CEO of  Emotions in the brain. Safe touch calls this  a...
How Touch Changes           The Brain… AntiriorCyngulet Cortex – Is the brains of our  emotions. This area helps us under...
Behind the Scenes      The Brain Story In the first exercise we asked you to  remember it and we would explain why it  wa...
Behind the Scenes       The Brain Story When we asked you to look around the  room we were letting your Amygdala  know th...
Behind the Scenes       The Brain Story When we asked you to notice the way your  body contacted the ground or chair we  ...
Power of Touch to Heal Just as touch plays a profound role in the  development  of the child it can be healing. Touch ca...
Power of Touch to Heal In parents and adults touch has be found to:    Increase the quality of a marriage.    Increase ...
Touch Changes the           Brain and the Self Touch has been found to reduce the production of the  stress hormone “CORT...
Touch Changes the         Brain and the Self Healing touch has been found to  increase the sleep for those who have  diff...
Talking to Your Therapist              About Touch Not all therapists have been trained in how to use  touch. You can as...
Talking to Your Therapist       About Touch Talk to your therapist about what their beliefs are  about touch, how they us...
Boundaries of Touch in        Therapy Boundaries are always changing. When we feel safe we let people close. When we do...
Boundaries of Touch in         Therapy Learn to notice when your boundaries have changed.  Respect your boundaries even i...
We Have Enjoyed     Sharing this with You Well, that about covers it for the MyShrink – I hope  you enjoyed it and found ...
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Touch is one of the most understudied senses but it plays a vital role in communication and brain development. The first form of interactions are touch based interactions. These slides explore how touch as a healing mechanism and how it haw been ignored by mainstream psychotherapy.

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  • Story of supervisor discussing how giving a hug is unethical.Story of teacher in the surgery dept. seeing a person crying out in pain. Trying to talk to the client. It did not work. Her boss came out put a hand on the person’s shoulder and they calmed down instantly. Story of the doctor in 1800’s who said that if you do hug your child they turn into a week willed person unable to tolerate life. Story of the psychological idea of need for infantile gratifacation that if a therapist gratifies the need the client will not learn to stand on their own.
  • There were other contributing factors such as social status.Touch reduces stress, and stress hormone production. This is one big reason their hearts look healthier. We are not saying to eat bugs from loved one’s hair. We are saying that human touch is profoundly healing and can protect us against stress.
  • Touch plays a vital role in the building of the brain, the mind, and the self.From the ruff and tumble play of a five year old, to napping on a mom’s shoulder touch is were the human is made. 3. We now know that touch can communicate emotions. Before there was a verbal dialog there was a physical knowing…Emotional communication happens faster then conscious cognition. (100 ms not 500 ms)Touch can either be damaging — for instance, abuse — or profoundly loving, as in the skin-on-skin contact of an infant with his care providers.
  • Sadly for gender relationship men have thus far been fairly bad at reading Anger from a woman’s contact and women are not so great at reading sympathy from a man’ touch… But such is life. Turn down the volume on a show and see if you can read the emotions in the touch between actors.
  • Discuss fight, flight and rest.Discuss how touch can increase rest.Discuss how touch can help return from stress to rest.
  • Story of touch in family therapy. Child crying over hurt. Supported M to put hand on back and say supportive words. Change in the sadness from feeling alone and sad to feeling loved and sad. The sadness changed quickly into strength.Discussing fight flight and rest response.
  • The story of the voles.Smiles, touch and chocolate... Increase oxytocin.Oxytocin reduces the impact of stress.
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  • Touch and emotions: The role of human contact in healing

    1. 1. Mindful Arrival Invitation to notice where you are. Remember this exercise we will tell you why it matters later! Orient to the room, to the chair, to breath, to safety.
    2. 2. Why won’t my therapist give me a hug ? All people need touch. It is as important as food for our health. Then why is it so common that a therapist will refuse to give a hug? Touch is a vital to human development. Why don’t therapists include touch in therapy?
    3. 3. The Fear of Touch Psychotherapy was founded by Freud in the Victorian era. Freud incorporated the beliefs of the times about touch into his treatment. People at the time believed that touch was not healthy for children and often sinful for adults.
    4. 4. Touch Saves Babies? In the 1920’s people noticed that in the orphanages many babies were dying. Researchers set out to find out why. They assumed it would be lack of food and water that caused the infants to die.
    5. 5. Touch Saves Babies? They were shocked to find that infants who received plenty of food and water were dying. They were starved. But they were not starved for food. They were starved for touch!
    6. 6. Touch Saves Hearts Some gorrillas after a long day in the jungle have a loved one who grooms them and picks the bugs from their fir. Some gorillias are not supported by a loved one through touch. The gorilias who are groomed each day have healthy hearts. The gorilas that are not have: harden arteries, look like they have high colesteral and are at risk of heart attacks!
    7. 7. Be Part of the Revolution For years science ignored touch all together! But currently research has provided ample data that touch is healing both psychologically and physiologically. Yet there are those who choose to ignore the reality. Be a part of the revolution. Be a part of the paradigm shift!
    8. 8. Who we areis createdthroughtouch…
    9. 9. You can tell a lot from a hand shake! Touch is profound communicator of emotion. Recent studies have found that people can identify multiple emotions through physical touch such as…  Anger, Fear, Disgust, Love, Gratitude, and Sympathy. People can decode emotional information communicated by touch by simply watching touch on a film.
    10. 10. Let’s Give It a Try?In the next few images see if you can figure out what emotion is communicated through touch in the image.
    11. 11. WHAT EMOTIONS DO YOU SEE IN THIS IMAGE
    12. 12. How Touch Can Help Us Feel Better When We Feel Bad… Touch can be used in several ways to help us feel better… It can help us reduce anxiety, stress and even anger! It can help us learn to make friends with difficult emotions.
    13. 13. How Touch Can Help Us Feel Better When We Feel Bad… Touch can help us learn to notice how we feel our emotions in our body. Touch can help us get out of fight or flight and back into a feeling of safety. Over time safe touch can support the growth of brain areas that help us manage difficult emotions!
    14. 14. Waking Up the Body: SKILL #2 It is best to use this in the morning or when tiered! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Starting with your feet lightly slap or tap each body part up to your head. Being gentle with your neck, head and face.
    15. 15. Waking Up the Body: SKILL #2 Now massage your scalp, and rub your ears between your two fingers. To finish brush lightly down your body from your head to your toes with your palms.
    16. 16. Safe Touch The ZONE. Feeling Helps You MoveWhy touch works a map! good capable and From strong. Overwhelm Back to The Zone Not enough energy and boredom. Overwhelm Panic or anger. Sadness and Disconnection
    17. 17. The Map: From stress to rest. Overview: Any type of touch that you find soothing, relaxing and supportive helps you move from stress to rest. One positive emotion helps a person move from stress to rest quicker! Human touch sooths the stress response! Studies of massage show that touch reduces stress.
    18. 18. Touch That Can Sooth Placing one’s hand on one’s heart Tapping on one’s collar bone or shoulders. Standing in a warm shower or taking a bath. Massaging one’s feet, self massage, or get a massage! Progressive muscle relaxation.FOR MORE IDEAS TRY: dbtselfhelp.com “Soothing in the 5 senses.”
    19. 19. Getting the most from a hug SKILL #3 Hugs can be great ways to sooth emotions. However, you can make them even better! When you hug the person hug left side to left side. This will help you connect the hug more directly to the emotional centers in the brain.
    20. 20. Getting the most from a hug SKILL #3 When you hug the person notice your own body and the sensations inside. Bring your attention to the positive sensations of the contact with the other person. Notice that they do care for you. Notice the sensations that happen when you feel cared for. Let the feeling of being cared for spread through out your whole body as far as it can go!
    21. 21. How Touch Changes The Brain… Orbital Frontal Cortex – The CEO of Emotions in the brain. Safe touch calls this area online and supports this area to effectively sooth difficult emotions. Amygdala – The fight flight center of the brain. Touch supports the Amygdala to sooth and calm down after a stressful event.
    22. 22. How Touch Changes The Brain… AntiriorCyngulet Cortex – Is the brains of our emotions. This area helps us understand the emotions of others and to reduce or sooth our emotional reactions to events. Touch increases the functioning of this area. The Insular Cortex – Brings up the information about our emotions from our body to our mind. It also plays a role in feelings of craving for food or drugs. Both positive and negative touch increases the functioning of this brain region.
    23. 23. Behind the Scenes The Brain Story In the first exercise we asked you to remember it and we would explain why it was important! Well here is why. This is the story of the brains behind the exercise!
    24. 24. Behind the Scenes The Brain Story When we asked you to look around the room we were letting your Amygdala know that it was safe and could rest. We did this by asking your Orbital Frontal Cortex to notice. This help that part of your brain tell the Amygdala it is time to relax.
    25. 25. Behind the Scenes The Brain Story When we asked you to notice the way your body contacted the ground or chair we were asking you to call up information from the body into the Insula. Because we were looking for calming signals from the body your Anterior Cyngulate Cortex could join force with Orbital Frontal Cortex to tell your Amygdala it is time to rest!
    26. 26. Power of Touch to Heal Just as touch plays a profound role in the development of the child it can be healing. Touch can play a profound in helping us make friends with difficult emotions and move from stress to rest. Touch for babies:  Leads to increased weight.  Leads to increased brain development  Leads to increased length of the infant  Leads to increased ability to calm down when upset!
    27. 27. Power of Touch to Heal In parents and adults touch has be found to:  Increase the quality of a marriage.  Increase perception of that a marriage partner supports you.  Reduce the effects of post-partum depression. Massage has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD (a.k.a. Trauma).
    28. 28. Touch Changes the Brain and the Self Touch has been found to reduce the production of the stress hormone “CORTISOL.” Touch has been found to increase the pleasure neurotransmitter, “Dopamine.” Touch has been found to increase Oxitocyn a chemical responsible for love, emotional bonding and stress reduction.
    29. 29. Touch Changes the Brain and the Self Healing touch has been found to increase the sleep for those who have difficulties with sleep. Touch has been found to reduce aggression and anger. Touch has been found to reduce anxiety.
    30. 30. Talking to Your Therapist About Touch Not all therapists have been trained in how to use touch. You can ask your therapist when you interview them if they have training on touch treatment and their thoughts about touch in therapy. Some therapists will not know the power of touch and tell you that touch is not something they do.
    31. 31. Talking to Your Therapist About Touch Talk to your therapist about what their beliefs are about touch, how they use it in therapy and when they feel it is not a good idea. Establish safety with your clinician: Be willing to say no to an intervention therapist suggests, tell the therapist that you have had enough, and ask them for what you need. Always listen to your body signals.
    32. 32. Boundaries of Touch in Therapy Boundaries are always changing. When we feel safe we let people close. When we do not we keep them further away. Our feeling of when some one is safe changes all the time.
    33. 33. Boundaries of Touch in Therapy Learn to notice when your boundaries have changed. Respect your boundaries even if they are different from five minutes ago! Your clinician should support you to learn to evaluate when contact feels supportive, safe and good as well as when it does not. As always listen to how they talk because the relationship is more important then any technique for healing.
    34. 34. We Have Enjoyed Sharing this with You Well, that about covers it for the MyShrink – I hope you enjoyed it and found some relief and relaxation! We always love to hear people’s thoughts about how this has helped you in your life. Please feel free to send us questions, feed back and thoughts! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JURNEY
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