Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Author(s) : Gillian Isaacs Russell

Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 35350
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201441
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201440

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H. Raphael on 18/12/2015 17:10:38

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This is a well-written analysis of how technology affects communication in the therapeutic process. Groundbreaking research integrating cognitive and neuroscience and information communication theory with clinical and theoretical psychoanalytic theory. I found it especially helpful in considering any future psychoanalytic work on Skype. Dr. Russell's balanced approach allows one to assess if and when a technologically mediated treatment would be useful and appropriate. A must for anyone who works or is considering working via technology.

K. Taylor-Crawford, MD on 25/02/2015 00:10:32

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I am anxious to see this book in its entirety. As a Child psychiatrist, who had the experience of two classic psychoanalyses (one, a training analysis as a resident & fellow; two, as an attending and chair of psychiatry, at a major urban hospital), it is interesting to read others' opinions versus actual collected data on different therapeutic experiences. In my first classic psychoanalysis some 30 years ago, my analyst sat in a chair out of my view, as I lay on the couch gazing at the patterns of his acoustic tiles. I got very little view of his face except upon entry and exit.

As a psychiatric clinical assistant professor at a midwest medical school, I performed psychiatric evaluations over the internet (a T-line, so it was HIPPA protected) with teens downstate for about 4-6 months. I have to say with teens, this face to face contact by internet was comfortable and very informative. But I also have to say, I always had contact/information from collaterals to supplement my interview; but I get collateral info when I do face to face evaluations.

It is my belief that therapy with an individual, without the benefit of other source material about function in their 'outer life' often lacks the frame of reference that so elucidates/clarifies the interpersonal interactions and conflicts described. So I am of the opinion that computer facilitated psychotherapy has great promise, but seeing the whole person requires setting parameters to facilitate the exploration, whether the practitioner is face to face or has a computer facilitated interaction.

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