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Experience:  Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
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I was just reading this. I am a female veteran with

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I was just reading this. I am a female veteran with PTSD from both hostile environment triggers and military sexual assault. I think I have a fear of touch (don't like being labeled as a hypochondriac, but maybe it is like haphephobia.) and would like to find ways to get over this since the person I am dating enjoys touch. (I have sabotaged other relationships because of this and would like to change this behavior pattern. ) I do see a VA Vet Center counselor, but it will be a couple weeks before my next appointment and I hope I can get some input sooner than that. I don't do well with CBT and I'm not sure how mindfulness would help on a date?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.
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Hello, I am very sorry that you are experiencing this fear of touch, I can understand how distressing this can be for you. I would like to ask you a couple questions to get a better idea of your situation, so that I can better assist you.
1. Are you currently taking any psychotropic medication? And if so, what are names and doses of the medication?
2. You mentioned that CBT therapy was not effective for you, why do you believe it was not effective for you? Along with the CBT therapy, did you also receive Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) treatment?