Sarah White, an attractive brunette also called “Naked Therapist,” launched an online service to “encouraging people to open up.” White benefits from the common presumption that women need conversations about their feelings and men need sex: “Naked Therapy accepts the simple fact that men are driven to seek arousal experience and it uses those arousal experiences for valuable therapeutic ends.” The main point of it is to overcome the ‘Global MENtal Health Crisis’. “It is time for us to stop saying men don’t get therapy and for therapy to “get” men,” – says White.

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

 

Exciting approach to therapy

Thus, the Naked Therapy implies that getting naked is a key to  clients’ subconsciousness. Having studied psychology as an undergraduate at university in the Upper West Side, White believes an open interest in sexuality is something missing in classical training. She says: ‘For men especially, who are less likely than women to go to therapy, it is more interesting, more enticing, more exciting. It’s a more inspiring approach to therapy… First, because nakedness is allowed, there is an immediate sense of intimacy, openness, and trust between the therapist and client, which many of my clients have said has made a huge difference in terms of what they’re willing to talk about with me vs. a normal therapist. Surprisingly, I have found that many men won’t talk to normal therapists about a variety of issues because they’re too embarrassed, but they feel comfortable talking to me about them because they find my willingness to undress for them a sign that I trust them and that I won’t judge them (which is true).”

While classical therapy implies that  a client’s sexual desires should be addressed and discussed, in the abstract, White thinks that sexual arousal is a vital part of thinking:” Asking a man to share his feelings in an environment in which sexual arousal is forbidden is like teaching him to swim on land. I just firmly believe that sexual arousal is so central to men’s cognition that it must be openly embraced and accepted in the therapeutic context if men want to truly get to the bottom of their feelings.”

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

 

How it all started

White’s business started with an idea of offering “naked” coding and programming assistance. She was living in New York for a couple of years and was doing some modeling, web development and still studying Psychology. A combination of these three interests organically led her to an idea that talking to people, while naked, could be a powerful therapeutic phenomenon. At first she offered $150 Skype “therapy” sessions for both men and women. But over time, she has moved towards working only with men in believe that her method is more effective with issues of masculinity: some of her clients are in the throes of a mid-life crisis, while others are college students. “I’m probably the only…therapist in the world who can say she has an all male patient list and not one of them is there because a judge or a wife made him go,” – says White.

 

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

White considers her clients fall into four categories:

  • Curious/frightened: has “reached a point where he wants to try something new in his life, usually of a sexual nature, but he’s confused about how to pursue it, so we work together on understanding his desires, becoming brave and figuring out a way to realize his urges.”
  • Unconfident/shy: “feels like he can’t talk to women, can’t sexually perform with them, or doesn’t understand how to be a “good man,” so we workon helping him gain confidence and we talk a lot about the reasons he feels uncomfortable around women and how he can start to feel stronger and more knowledgeable around them.
  • Unmotivated/depressed: “we do a lot of work on optimizing arousal and finding things that can help him feel excited to live and pursue goals.”
  • Sexually obsessed/frustrated: “has a sexual ‘addiction’ of some type that he’s concerned with, which is most often pornography, so we work on coming to terms with his desire for porn and figuring out a way he can either stop or look at porn in a way that makes him feel powerful and in control.

The Naked Therapist. Sarah White

To continue the practice or not?

The latter category suggests an idea that sexuality is connected with porn. Thus, White faces discontent from those thinking that her practice encourages porn addiction. However, White believes: “What I treat are men looking to make a change, and I help them understand and achieve that change in whatever way we together come to believe it is best.
Naked Therapy helps men achieve better lives.”

Though a bachelor in psychology, White is not a licenced specialist. For now she either have to give up the therapy and pursue a master`s degree or to continue her unlicensed work. And she inclines to the latter as Naked Therapy “helps achieve better lives.”

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