Desire and Technology – The Impact of Digital Media on Psychotherapy with Susan Tyler

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WPF Therapy

06 February 2021

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Price: Qualified Practitioners: £75 Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £65 WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Many therapists were forced into moving online as a response to the pandemic and lockdown. Now we are moving out of the crisis and looking for more sustained ways of relating online. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore how technology is affecting our relationships, including the therapeutic one. It will explore the potential of this expansion of how we relate to one another. It will also highlight the dangers of dehumanising the other inherent in disembodied relating.

Would you like to explore the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship?
Would you like to have a clearer understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls of computer mediated therapeutic work? It could lead to more opportunities to connect as well as a potential denial of more embodied states.
Do you need ideas on how to facilitate the creative use of technology in enhancing rather than frustrating psychic change?

Workshop Aims

By the end of this workshop you will have:

1. A better understanding of the impact of technology on the psychotherapeutic relationship.  The workshop will look at how to think about the use of technology clinically.
2. A clearer understanding of how important tolerating frustration is in forming the self and how technology affects this process. It will focus on how therapy can rehumanise and expand possibilities for connection rather than limit and dehumanise the other.
3. Have more knowledge about how to promote the use of technology as a transitional object, as a bridge towards feeling more connected rather than a psychic retreat.
4.An opportunity to think about how therapy can help when the use of technology has become addictive or perverse, using clinical examples.


The day will include a theoretical overview using work by Danielle Knafo, Alessandra Lemma and Gillian Russell on the use of technology and how psychotherapy is impacted.  There will be paired work and discussion of cases where technology has dehumanised relationships in some way with ideas on how this could be worked with. The trainer will present a clinical example for discussion. We will look at computer mediated psychotherapy focusing on how to work effectively in this medium.

Sue Tyler is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in central London and Brighton. She is currently training as a Jungian Analyst at the SAP.

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists and counsellors in private practice and trainees.  The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners in other modalities are welcome to apply.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th January 2021.

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