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Qualitative research into the experience of person-oriented psychotherapists with video therapy during the corona pandemic

ARTICLESigrid Vandepitte - 59–3 (2021)

SUMMARY

This qualitative research explores how Dutch and Flemish psychotherapists experienced video therapy as a consequence of the obligation to telework during the corona crisis of 2020. Analysis of ten in-depth interviews shows that therapists felt forced to make the switch to video therapy. Therapists found that their familiar therapeutic framework could not easily be translated into a digital environment. Not being physically present together had various consequences, in terms of safety, confidentiality and therapeutic interventions. People felt disrupted. There are indications that the feeling of really meeting each other is lower than in regular therapy. This could affect the quality of the therapeutic relationship. The article concludes with recommendations.

KEYWORDS

telepsychotherapy, videoconferencing, working online