Some populations may like more physical touch than others (such as my experience with the elderly population) but you get huggers and you get people who do not really hug. I think some of my in-person clients looked for my cues whether that was okay or not, so you can always get them used to you just waving hi or bye. Or you can let them know ahead of time if it is very difficult, such as "I have difficulty with physical touch, so I will not typically engage in it." Really, it usually comes down to if you are open or not to some kind of physical touch in your practice to comfort people as they indicate (such as platonic hugs, etc, and then you would always ask the client if it is okay, too!), though it does not hurt to be cautious with physical touch to begin with anyways! Since it is your space, you can lay down those boundaries ahead of time. When you take an ethics course, they may guide you well in this matter! If you work in telehealth, you do not have to worry about it at all =)!
The explanation was all I needed and then I was completely ok with it. If I were someone's client, I believe the explanation is helpful to A: build rapport, B- Displays you as a therapist being genuine, C- sets some ground rules which is important at times for clients.
There are other reasons and you can and should think of more. As an LPC, I see no reason to ever physically touch a client. Some may argue about hugs and handshakes and there are times this is appropriate, however I think you have the right to put it out there. Best of luck regardless of what you do.
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