Online Therapy: thinking critically about our clinical work
*TIME: 5:30pm-7pm GMT, 6:30pm-8pm CET 12:30pm-2pm EST*
Due to popularity (over 100 people signed up last time!) we are rerunning this online session with Dr. Aaron Balick and Christina Sümmerer on how to ensure you are practicing online in an ethical and effective manner.
How do we maintain a practice of psychological depth and consistency while at the same time being responsive to the changing environment in a creatively adaptable way?
Stillpoint Spaces was founded on the idea of re-imagining psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for the 21st century. In order to acknowledge the demand of individuals to see their counsellors no matter where in the world they are, we have developed a safe and encrypted digital practice management tool and directory to make that possible.
Soon after this tool was established in 2013 we conducted research on the experiences of psychotherapists working across it. We now have many years of experience working in this manner and thinking about it critically. The knowledge and experience we gained in this research project are helping now in the present moment, when we are all asked to maintain physical distancing and work remotely.
Join us for this online event where Dr. Aaron Balick, who facilitated the original research, will speak about the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of seeing clients online. Rather than a seminar, this will be a facilitated discussion where Aaron will draw on findings from his research, and his and others’ experiences using MyStillpoint, followed by a conversation with Christina Sümmerer, a psychotherapist who has continue practicing using Stillpoint Spaces’ digital clinical management tool.
We invite members from The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis to join us at this event at the reduced Stillpoint Spaces members' price
We will send out details for how to join the webinar on the day.
About the presenters
Aaron Balick, PhD, is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist, and author applying ideas from depth psychology to culture and technology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex (UK). His books include The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self and the illustrated children’s self-help book Keep Your Cool: how to deal with life’s worries and stress and most recently, The Little Book of Calm: tame your anxieties, face your fears, and live free. Aaron is the director of Stillpoint Spaces, an international psychology, co-working, therapy, and events hub. Aaron is based in London.
Christina Sümmerer is a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, systemic therapist, and trauma counsellor. After having managed a counselling service for victims of crime for eight years, she set up a private practice where she integrates Schema therapy, humanistic, and mindfulness-based approaches into her work. When a few years ago, she started to conduct online therapy, besides her in-person work, the specifics and implications of this setting and the questions that it raises have become a particular interest of hers. She has initiated two input and exchange intervision groups on the topic of online therapy, where mental health professionals could share and learn from each other‘s experiences. Christina is based in Berlin, Germany.
Collage Artwork by Jorge Chamorro