COVID-19 and Its Implications for the Practice of Psychotherapy on Zoom during the Pandemic

in European Judaism
Jane Haynes Psychoanalyst, UK

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As a result of the pandemic, I am a fugitive from my Marylebone consulting rooms. I have had to adapt my ‘technique’ to both the limitations and extended possibilities of Zoom. To mirror back a patient's psyche in an accelerating emotional climate of existential anxiety and increased irritability. I refer to the ‘democratisation’ of therapy brought about by the increased autonomy of the patient to control their environment and access to intimacy during Zoom sessions.

One of the most painful realities of being controlled by technology is its crudity, its totalitarianism in comparison to mediated physical contact engaged in face-to-face work. Clinical vignettes (always with the patient's written consent) are provided to demonstrate clinical phenomena unique to the Zoom setting.

Contributor Notes

Jane Haynes trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst who now refers to herself as a relational psychotherapist working through dialogue. She was a visiting consultant to the Eastern European Institute of Psychoanalysis and has acted as a consultant to Leo Baeck College in the selection of rabbinic candidates. She is a founder member of the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and of the Blue Door Practice, a multi-disciplinary practice under the directorship of her daughter. Details of her several books may be found on her website:

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