Psychotherapy 2.0 where psychotherapy and technology meet

Deborah C. Escalante

Book Description

The digital age is both exciting and challenging for psychotherapy, opening the door to clients groups previously not able to access psychological help, whilst also providing the challenges caused by social media and internet abuse and how these impact on the consulting room. Psychotherapy 2.0 blows open the consulting room doors and shows successful pathways for attracting new clients to gain access to psychological help, as well as demonstrating that despite initial scepticism, working online as a psychotherapist or counsellor can be as effective as ‘face2face’ work: the therapeutic relationship may be different but it remains the centrally important feature for successful psychotherapy. It follows therefore that all psychotherapists and counsellors need to be fully informed about the impact of the digital age on their clinical practice. Psychotherapy 2.0 covers the key issues for psychotherapists and counsellors who are, or are thinking of, working online, include thinking about psychotherapy in the digital age, the requirements to modify training both for working online and also the digital issues as they arise within the face2face consulting room.

The digital age is both exciting and challenging for psychotherapy, opening the door to clients groups previously not able to access psychological help, whilst also providing the challenges caused by social media and internet abuse and how these impact on the consulting room.

Psychotherapy 2.0 blows open the consulting room doors and shows successful pathways for attracting new clients to gain access to psychological help, as well as demonstrating that despite initial scepticism, working online as a psychotherapist or counsellor can be as effective as ‘face2face’ work: the therapeutic relationship may be different but it remains the centrally important feature for successful psychotherapy. It follows therefore that all psychotherapists and counsellors need to be fully informed about the impact of the digital age on their clinical practice. Psychotherapy 2.0 covers the key issues for psychotherapists and counsellors who are, or are thinking of, working online, include thinking about psychotherapy in the digital age, the requirements to modify training both for working online and also the digital issues as they arise within the face2face consulting room.

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This book is intended as a first volume in this fast changing field, with further volumes intended to concentrate on existing and emerging research, as well the diverse ways in which online work is already being developed and implemented worldwide. It is possibly the greatest moment of change for psychotherapy since Freud: there is no going back, and just as we cannot put toothpaste back in the tube, psychotherapy practice is changed for ever with the advent of the digital age.

The digital age is both exciting and challenging for psychotherapy, opening the door to clients groups previously not able to access psychological help, whilst also providing the challenges caused by social media and internet abuse and how these impact on the consulting room. Psychotherapy 2.0 blows open the consulting room doors and shows successful pathways for attracting new clients to gain access to psychological help, as well as demonstrating that despite initial scepticism, working online as a psychotherapist or counsellor can be as effective as ‘face2face’ work: the therapeutic relationship may be different but it remains the centrally important feature for successful psychotherapy. It follows therefore that all psychotherapists and counsellors need to be fully informed about the impact of the digital age on their clinical practice. Psychotherapy 2.0 covers the key issues for psychotherapists and counsellors who are, or are thinking of, working online, include thinking about psychotherapy in the digital age, the requirements to modify training both for working online and also the digital issues as they arise within the face2face consulting room.

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I am a therapist in the US who has been doing online counseling for the past 6 years and I recently started a podcast that is focused on telemental health. I’ve just finished Philippa Weitz’s book and I am overwhelmed at the depth of exploration of this exciting field. Over and over again I had that learning sensation of: “Huh. I never thought of that.” She has collaborated with other leaders in the field and they have created a must read book for anyone who is or thinking about working in online counseling. It is filled with case studies, reflection, and actual templates for how to go about informed consent and contracting with your clients. Our field is changing and many therapists have fear about taking their practices online. Her motto is very similar to mine: it’s not about fear – it’s about training and being informed. We can do this – and Philippa’s book is a great starting point for the “How”. She is a rock star in this cutting edge profession!

A paperback with an eye pleasing cover design that draws attention to the space in-between the digital world and our traditional approach in the field of mental health. The book offers a pioneering lens on how we think about access to psychotherapeutic support and points towards the evolving face of psychotherapy field that is no longer confined to its traditional roots.

With the digital age, accessibility and convenience are key words as distance is no longer a barrier to getting psychological and emotion help. The preface of the book engages the reader in a reflective way and at times provocative in its contemporary style in looking at what it means to be online as a professional.

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The table of content has clear headings covering complexity of legal and ethical issues with clear voices of contributors in the book. The key feature of this book is that each section has questions and activities to reflect on.

The book covers aspects of therapy, training and supervision and invites mental health professionals and professional bodies to consider how to engage with the digital age. The book takes the reader on a guided tour how to work therapeutically online using a variety of platforms and formats that act like a bridge between the real and the virtual world.

The book is easy to read, engages the reader with less technical jargon and the glossary helps with the language of the digital world. A helpful guide with useful case examples by multiple voices, provide creative approaches, methods and techniques to embrace the digital age with safety in mind and at a very competitive price for the gems it holds.

I particularly liked the focus on getting started and the essential tools needed for legal and ethical online therapy practice. An Aladdin’s cave of information for those working in the counselling and psychotherapy field and interested in finding out more about the challenges and excitement of ethical online work.

This book is very informative and suitable for all mental health professionals and institutions especially in the counselling and psychotherapy field on how to begin to engage with the evolving digital age to keep the profession robust and relevant in modern times.

As an excellent pioneering guide on how to get started in developing engagement with the digital world and I rate this book 10 out of 10.

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