This post was created from notes and slides from a presentation about “Self-Connection Psychotherapy” at the 2016 IEDTA Conference.
During the past 40 years I’ve practiced psychotherapy and tried to develop ways of making it both briefer and more effective. Much of that time I focused on dynamic, empathic and sensory techniques.
I use video a great deal in my office. In the office the patient sits across from me. To the patient’s right there’s a large monitor that’s a split screen. Half of the screen shows the patient and half of it shows me. The images are large, magnified pictures of our faces on live feed from cameras that face each of us. To my right, there’s a similar screen that the patient can see. I spend a lot of time asking patients to pay attention to their facial expression.