From couch to computer, online psychotherapy

Many people have discovered the convenience of using the Internet to both search for a therapist and schedule online sessions.

By MIKE GROPPER
April 27, 2016 16:16
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One hundred years ago, Sigmund Freud’s patients would lie down on the couch and they were encouraged to free associate, that is, to say whatever was on their mind. It did not take long for people to recognize the psychoanalytic couch as the symbol of psychoanalysis. If Freud were alive today, he would not believe how much things have changed.

Linda’s IPhone buzzed 20 minutes before her therapy appointment. She made herself an ice espresso, headed outside to her patio, and sat down on a comfortable chair. She tapped the Skype application on her laptop, and hundreds of miles away her face popped up on her therapist’s computer screen and his face on her laptop. They greeted each other with a smile; she sipped her coffee and the session began.

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