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Title: Practicing online during COVID-19: Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists’ experiences
Authors: Aafjes-van Doorn, Katie
Békés, Vera
Hoffman, Leon
Prout, Tracy A.
Keywords: COVID-19
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Aa es-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Prout, T. A., & Ho man, L. (2022). Practicing online during COVID-19: Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists’ experiences. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 70(4), 665-694.
Series/Report no.: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association;70(4)
Abstract: During the Covid-19 pandemic, psychotherapists quickly transitioned to provide online therapy, while facing many challenges. This study aimed to explore psychodynamic and psychoanalytically oriented therapists' ( N = 1450) experiences with online therapy during the first weeks of the pandemic and two months later. Results showed that therapists had little pre-pandemic experience with providing online therapy and even less training in it, and that younger therapists reported more challenges in the transition to online therapy. During the first weeks of the pandemic, most therapists thought that online therapy was less effective than in-person therapy, and they reported a wide range of relational and technical challenges, feeling more tired, less confident and competent, and less connected and authentic in online sessions, compared to previous in-person sessions. At follow-up, therapists viewed online therapy as more comparable to in-person therapy; the majority felt connected and authentic as they had during the initial weeks of the pandemic, or more so, but were still as tired as before. The most challenging aspect of online therapy was distraction in sessions, which increased over time. This study demonstrates the professional adaptability of therapists and highlights the need for more training and professional support for clinicians providing remote psychotherapy.
Description: Scholarly article
ISSN: ISSN: 0003-0651, 1941-2460
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