Information for Colleagues and General Practitioners.

Method of Treatment

Haptotherapy is suitable for anyone who requests it, regardless of age, stage-of-life, social or economic status, education, culture, race, sex or belief.

The Haptotherapist assists or advises people with questions about quality of life and emotional problems in which there is a disturbance in the eqilibrium between capacity, resilience and ability to cope with burdens.

Within the haptotherapy affective contact an open attitude is a central starting point. In the therapist-client relationship reciprocity is an important “tool”. In view of his/her expertise the Haptotherapist is able to relate to the complaint or problem of the client on the one hand and the way in which the client deals with his/her life issues and enviroment on the other. The Haptotherapist is therefore expected to be able to place both the reaction of the client to the guidance or therapy as well as the relationship between the client and the therapist in the context of the client’s life. Haptotherapy frequently involves the application of touching which will be done with respect for the individuality of the client.

The Haptotherapy is primarily a “haptic” therapy, meaning that the therapy is particularly used to bring a desired change with regard to safety, trust and contact.

The therapeutic process is a dialogue between client and Haptotherapist with the aim of understanding where the client stands in life and the way in which he/she handles his/her problem or complaint.

Through moments of experience – where direct contact can be very clarifying  – the client will be given the opportunity to explore other ways dealing with his/her problems. When desired, friends, family or colleagues of the client can be involved in the client’s process.


The Intake

This includes a conversation, experiential situations with a focus on awareness of the sense of touch and being touched.

This also includes the personal  movement characteristics and gaining the first impression of how the client reacts to touch. Because the Haptotherapist has insight into the developmental stages of a person, it becomes clear through contact  with the client, and certainly through touch, how the client has learnt to deal with his/her environment and the outside world. Through this process it becomes apparent what the client needs and whether Haptotherapy appropriate treatment.

During the therapy, the Haptotherapist aims to stimulate the client to maximise his/her own capacities. The clients feelings, perceptions and experiences related to the interaction during the treatment can be relevant to the therapeutic process. The Haptotherapist creates a clear and transparent environment, in which the client feels safe and secure in the knowledge that the meeting will take place in this context. The focus gradually shifts from the complaint or problem to the identity of the person. While the therapist listens carefully to the motives of the client, he/she will make a choice of whether, and to what extent he should stimulate the client in the proces by either supporting or confronting him or her. This involves mobilising those capabilities that enable the client to deal with his complaints and problems and find answers for example, for difficult of life questions and self-acceptance.

The Haptotherapist creates through the contact with the client  – and especially through touch – the conditions for the client to confront his/her problem and also him/herself. If the use of tough is not an appropriate treatment, the Haptotherapist provides the client with other methods or experiences that allow him/her to learn to cope gradually and influence his/her environment or situation.