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Haptopsychotherapy is a form of therapeutic assistance and accompaniment, which aims to help the person to recover or develop his psychic health. It applies to those who are suffering, experiencing existential malaise, confronted by a feeling of frustration and incompleteness of their being, in connection with their personal history.
Haptopsychotherapy offers those who are being aided the possibility of self-activating the resources linked to their libido vitalis desire and zest for life which is the basic foundation of human existence.

In the course of the first, so-called "discovery" encounters, the person discovers and recognises the restrictions and limitations which have become established in his affective life in response to the deficiencies and frustrations of his relationships with others. Over and above this, and most essentially, the person discovers that, beyond his inadequate adaptations of apprehension and fear, he learns to set his own particular affective faculties to work. He can live without pretence, without being on the defensive or trying to flee.
Following the discovery stage, the person explores his own affective faculties. Within the experience of security established through the affectivo-confirming relationship, the person no longer fears living out his feelings and emotions. Using his own experience, he acquires, little by little, autonomy in his affective relationships with his fellow men. He re-establishes and develops his taste for life. He develops feelings of inner security, of self-awareness and self-confidence. These feelings are the basic requirements for entering into and maintaining affective relationships in human intercourse.
Haptonomy does not ignore medical and psychiatric knowledge, nor, more importantly, does it fail to recognise the signs which lead someone to ask for help. It is, however, beyond the historicity of the person that haptonomy helps to overcome this suffering ; whether it is the result of traumatic experiences or of deficiencies in the psychic and affective development. In the course of the accompaniment, the person develops a feeling of well-being, of wholeness, a feeling through which he sees himself as a unity, an entirety. The feeling and emotions which manifest themselves at a physical level make it clear that haptonomy is vigilant that this wholeness should not be impeded. Haptonomy never employs techniques or apprenticeships which are aimed at changing the corporal way of life as this would block the liberation of feelings and emotions.

For this reason, haptonomy is totally incompatible with physical methods and approaches such as yoga, somatotherapy, rebirth, and those which emphasise the use of breathing techniques.