The Shirtless Jock
Therapist and the
Bikini-Clad ClientAn Exploration of Chance Extratherapeutic Encounters
Scott M. Hyman, MS
The deep interpersonal exchange that can transpire between client and therapist typically arises from a highly structured encounter. They meet at a designated location, at a specific time, and with the common goal of alleviating the client’s emotional suffering. The therapist dresses professionally, places personal issues aside, and mentally prepares to engage the client from a therapeutic stance. The client, in turn, prepares to disclose highly affective personal information that would otherwise remain hidden. Although the two meet briefly, usually for no more than an hour per week, this meaningful connection is important for the emotional well-being of the client. If one adheres to psychoanalytic or psychodynamic precepts, this special professional
I gratefully thank Dr. Eugene May for introducing me to the knowledge of humanistic-
existential psychology and for assisting the preparation of this manuscript. Further, I want
to acknowledge the editorial comments of Dr. Steven N. Gold, Dr. Robert C. Lane, and Raquel
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Book title: Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy. Contributors: Arnold A. Lazarus - Editor, Ofer Zur - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 348.
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