04 Aug THE THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK
Lack of Ethics, boundaries and contractual criteria with Tantra therapy and the therapeutic relationship including inside and outside of therapy sets up a collusion of poor boundaries, a blurring of the relationship required for successful transference to take place. In a way we the therapists need to be a blank canvas so that the client can project and transfer onto that which allows for important material to surface can then be worked with within the therapy. This is set up by the dynamic of therapy which is the client shares intimate details about him or her self and we as therapists listen but do not share information about ourselves, although self disclosure is often debated topic in psychotherapy, generally it is best to only disclose if by not doing so will disrupt the therapeutic relationship. When we as therapists are more personal with clients such as outside contact, emails, phone calls and all interactions outside of structure therapy, this can be in itself a reenactment just as during any abuse there is dissolution of the healthy relationship (adult/child, parent/child and Therapist/client).
If we as therapists have not worked on our own unresolved trauma and sexual trauma, and in many cases this trauma can be of a very covert nature but nevertheless leaves a blueprint in which is reenacted as an adult, this unresolved trauma must manifest itself into current life relationships including those of a therapeutic nature. This is not malicious on our part but in a way somewhat ignorant and irresponsible as John Bradshaw suggests, to be human is to have trauma and he suggests that we all have unresolved trauma and it is our duty as therapists, facilitators, counselors, tantric healers etc. to resolve our childhood trauma however insignificant we may feel it may be, it has an influence on how we behave as adults and how we form and maintain relationships including therapeutic relationships.
This responsibility is not determined on the name with which we put on the work we do and offer but it is a responsibility we need to take serious if we are holding any form of therapeutic space with a client with the goal of addressing or working with some form of psychopathology, somatic dysfunction, relationship and intimacy challenges and sexual trauma. If healing is to take place there must be present the mechanisms for transformation through corrective action which is change that can truly be measured through brain scans and change that is really obvious in the life of the client, the ability to engage in interpersonal relationships, the ability to be deeply intimate with oneself and others when before these concepts were very alien to the client. For this we need to hold strong boundaries in a caring, compassionate, non-judgmental space where we can invite welcome and work with the transference and countertransference enactments in the therapy room.
As Therapists we can also impose our own trauma onto the client and try resolve our trauma through the clients work in the therapeutic relationship. Particularly in Tantra and Bdsm work where it can be a way to bypass therapeutic change in exchange for a repeating and reenacting the original trauma.
“Since the earliest period of our life was preverbal, everything depended on emotional interaction. Without someone to reflect our emotions, we had no way of knowing who we were.” ― John Bradshaw
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