Therapeutic presence: Neurophysiological mechanisms mediating feeling safe in therapeutic relationships.

@article{Geller2014TherapeuticPN,
  title={Therapeutic presence: Neurophysiological mechanisms mediating feeling safe in therapeutic relationships.},
  author={S. Geller and S. Porges},
  journal={Journal of Psychotherapy Integration},
  year={2014},
  volume={24},
  pages={178-192}
}
Therapeutic presence involves therapists using their whole self to be both fully engaged and receptively attuned in the moment, with and for the client, to promote effective therapy. In this paper, we present a biobehavioral explanation of how therapeutic presence can facilitate a sense of safety in both therapist and client, to deepen the therapeutic relationship and promote effective therapy. The polyvagal theory is used as a guide to explain how specific features of therapeutic presence… Expand
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