• Jun 30, 2015 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Latest Activity: Jun 25, 2021

An online discussion facilitated by Gillian Isaacs Russell

As we turn toward technology to mediate all types of relational connection, many psychotherapists are enthusiastically embracing computer-mediated treatment. Ironically, this land rush towards “screen relations” based treatment comes at the very time when leading researchers on how technology shapes relationships are voicing serious concerns about the damage technological mediation does to both intimate connection and reflective solitude. Do therapeutic couples need the traditional experience of presence and not just technologically simulated presence to deepen psychoanalytic process?

Gillian Isaacs Russell will explore this question through the lens of informatics, neuroscience, infant development, and psychoanalysis. In view of the current state of communication technology and the fact that we have evolved to relate as bodies together, it will be argued that we need to experience presence in a shared environment to “keep it real.” Discussion will be encouraged about the clinical--and global-- implications of bodies being together and apart.

About Gillian Isaacs Russell 

Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D. is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and has been in private practice since 1988. She has been on the Editorial Board and Book Review Editor of the British Journal of Psychotherapy. Dr Isaacs Russell consults, supervises, lectures and teaches internationally, and recently published the book Screen Relations. She currently lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • will there be a recording afterwards. As I probably wont be able to be on it live

  • good to hear other professionals have been using it too. I heard about how effective it is when I first began offering phone consultation back in 1983, especially when clients could not come to my office to have a sitting.

  • I'm licensed to practice in both Vermont and Georgia in the US.  I have a private practice and have been conducting video conference session for several years now.  Especially beneficial for couples who have to travel.  What might seem contradictory, depth psychotherapy and online sessions, seems to be facilitated under specific circumstances.  However, the same pair might also serve to avoid depth of connection, which can also be the case when all parties are in the same room together!  I'm looking forward to learning the experiences of others. 

  • Love the topic, I have done Skype & phone consultations with clients for a long time. I am looking forward to hearing others and their experiences on this topic. I do have my own experiences which I would be glad to share with the group.

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