It’s been a few years since I’ve had the privilege of journeying with a client. Yet time has not eroded the memories of moments of practice that touched the edges of intimacy and explored unearthed potential.
After the sun has set and my little ones are finally asleep, the house falls silent and I find myself in quiet reflection. These days my mind drifts to the new challenges we face with the impacts of COVID-19. I wonder how the field of psychotherapy will navigate our ‘new normal’. And I smile remembering wise words once said, “the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity for growth.”
The widespread adoption of teletherapy has many benefits, especially for practitioners (like me) who have family living abroad and others seeking flexible working conditions. It is an enticing medium, yet I find myself questioning its efficacy. My therapeutic approach is grounded in relational psychotherapy and attachment theory and I believe interpersonal connection forms the basis of meaningful therapy. So, the question I ponder is, can I translate these interpersonal experiences on screen? Is a therapist able to touch a client’s mind and heart from a distance?