There is something about getting a man to talk about his feelings that usually sends him running in the other direction.
But a 24-year-old psychology buff from New York believes she has the answer - GETTING NAKED.
Sarah White says that through Naked Therapy - where she, the client, or both are nude - she hopes to provide people with "power through arousal."
She said: 'During the sessions I use the power of arousal to let you gain more control over your life.
'The goal is to use nakedness so you can understand yourself and your world better, so you can feel great and powerful, and so the excitement you feel during the sessions can lead to more excitement outside the sessions.'
By slowly peeling away the layers of her clothes during the session, she believes it will allow her to peel away the layers of her clients' subconscious.
The New York resident said that as a Naked Therapist she does not ask the client to rid himself of repressions and false beliefs while simultaneously hiding behind a wall of repression and status, but shows herself both physically and psychologically.
White is the founder of Naked Therapy and has not heard of anyone else doing it.
"The idea for Naked Therapy grew from an accumulation of my interests and professional ambitions," she said. "Having studied psychology and biology, I have a deep interest in helping people.
"I personally have found the traditional ways of many therapists boring and frustrating. I hope to offer something exciting and fresh to my patients, to challenge the puritanical basis of our society, and to have a positive effect on the acceptance of male and female sexuality."
She said that most people are interested and want to know more when they hear about her form of therapy.
She explained that by showing herself the Naked Therapist can arouse her patient, and that through experiencing and accepting the arousal, the patient is better able to experience and accept other arousal in life. She feels that the therapist becomes an example of fearlessness and self-pride and develops a level of intimacy with the patient that would not be possible in a traditional, clothed session.
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The first sessions are held via a one-way cam and text chat, which cost $ 150, allowing the client to feel free to do whatever they like in the privacy of their home. White's standard policy is that after three sessions the option to move to one-way cam and voice chat is available. After another three the option to move to two-way cam and voice chat is usually offered.
White will start a session dressed and slowly get naked, or begin a session in the nude - depending on the client's preference.
She does do some sessions in person, and offers couples therapy as well as individual therapy.
"Some of my clients have been with traditional therapists for years and feel at a dead-end," she explained. "They choose Naked Therapy because they want to try a new approach to therapy that allows openness about sexuality and relationships; they want to investigate and discover new things about themselves and their power and potential in life."
So far, she has around 30 clients which are an eclectic mix of college students with sexual issues, middle-aged men with relationship problems and even some women who enjoy a chat with a nude peer.
Clients schedule appointments through her website, sarahwhitelive.com.
She conceded that naked therapy is not approved by any mental health association. And she is not a licensed therapist.
To protect her privacy, White states that no recording of consultations is allowed, whether by video, photo or text. She keeps recordings of sessions and says she would be able to tell who propagated anything which appeared without permission.
She will terminate any session if she feels the client is acting disrespectful towards her.
Diana Kirschner, a New York-based clinical psychologist, told the Daily News: 'She's using the word therapy here, but I don't consider this therapy. I consider this interactive soft-core Internet porn.'
Any sexual interaction between patient and therapist is considered highly unethical by the American Psychoanalytic Association, the largest and oldest such organization in the nation.
Even physical contact violates its code of professional conduct. But there is no physical contact in naked therapy. And, as Miss White points out: 'It’s not like I’m having relationships with any of my patients.'
She used her experience as a freelance web designer to create her own website and her modelling experience helped her in coming up with photos for the site.
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