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Got Issues? Discuss Them With Your Naked Therapist

Twenty-four year old New York City shrink, Sarah White, felt there was something missing from the classical therapy tradition. And that thing was getting buck naked. According to her, talking about your problems while fully clothed encourages repression instead of open expression. That’s how she became “the naked therapist.” Sarah begins her sessions, which occur via webcam, Skype, or in person, fully clothed and by the end of the hour she is in her birthday suit. (Video is slightly NSFW.) Not surprisingly, she has lots of male clients, who, she claims, find it easier to introspect while watching her strip down to her skivies. Duh. Of course she has her male clients’ full attention while she’s naked. SHE’S NAKED! A guy will say just about anything you want him to while sitting across from an attractive woman in the buff. As much as I want to call this a revolutionary act in the therapeutic community, I can’t. I studied to be a therapist in grad school and while I’m all for unconventional methods of counseling, I find this to be a violation. It cheapens the profession, makes it more like some kind of soft core porn fantasy, reeks of gimmick. To eroticize or fetishize the therapeutic process is unhelpful. It distracts from the real issues at hand. You don’t need to be naked to discuss sexuality with your therapist and if you do, seek a new therapist. As a therapist, if you can’t get your client to open up, it has nothing to do with how much clothing you’re wearing. It seems manipulative to me, abusing a position of power when someone is already vulnerable. But I’m sure Freud would have loved it.

So what do you think about naked therapy? Would you give it ago? [NY Daily News]

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