1st Edition

Advances in Online Therapy Emergence of a New Paradigm

Edited By Haim Weinberg, Arnon Rolnick, Adam Leighton Copyright 2023
    354 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Advances in Online Therapy is the definitive presentation on online psychological intervention, which takes research and experiences of online therapy a step further by applying them to therapy in a post-pandemic world.

    This book addresses most of the main approaches and schools of individual, couple and family psychotherapy that are prevalent in the therapeutic field nowadays and explores how each of them adjust to online therapy. The reader will explore the main challenges and obstacles unique for each approach and how leading experts of those approaches overcome these challenges. The book also offers a relatively unique collection of the most practiced therapeutic approaches. In addition, the reader will explore specific issues that anyone who meets clients online should be aware of, like who is suitable for online counseling and who should be excluded, how to overcome resistance to online meetings, how to create online therapeutic alliance, enhancing online presence, and more. This book develops further the ideas and areas explored in the authors’ previous book, Theory and Practice of Online Therapy.

    Advances in Online Therapy aims to help mental health professionals and graduate students responsibly explore and expand their own ‘online comfort zone’.


    Haim Weinberg, Arnon Rolnick, and Adam Leighton

    Section One: Theoretical Aspects of Online Therapy

    1. Being Present and Together While Apart: Therapeutic Presence in Teletherapy

    Shari Geller

    2. Finding Closeness while Socially Distant: Clinical Considerations for the Therapeutic Frame and Process in Teletherapy

    Danielle Magaldi and Leora Trub

    3. Reflections on Empathic Presence in Online Therapeutic Relations

    Lou Agosta

    4. "The untouched – touched": Intimacy and Intersubjectivity Online

    Athena Marouda – Chatjoulis and Evdokia Ntali

    5. Me and My Otherness. Or: Who is the Other on Screen who Looks Exactly Like Me?

    Dr. Vered Bar

    6. Zooming in Zoom: Mental-Body-Brain perspectives on Online psychotherapy sessions

    Hadas Mor Ofek

    Section 2: Individual Therapies - Specific Modalities

    7. Telehealth Delivery of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    Chelsey R. Wilks and Kyrill Gurtovenko

    8. Schema Therapy in the Online Setting – from Challenges to Opportunities

    Hagara Feldman

    9. Implementing the Unified Protocol Online: Adaptations and Considerations

    Andrew Curreri, Molly Fitzpatrick, David Barlow, and Elizabeth Eustis

    10. Remote Art Therapy: Engaging in a Shared Experience

    Galit Mor

    11. Zooming in on Experiential Dynamic Therapies

    Joop Meijers

    12. Online-IPT- not necessarily a second best

    Brunstein Klomek Anat, Aanaelle Benistri

    13. Online EMDR Therapy in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

    Udi Oren and Isabelle Meignant

    14. Getting a Little Closer in Every Session: The unique contribution of remote Biofeedback to psychotherapy

    Yossi Ehrenreich, Arnon Rolnick, and Adam Leighton

    15. Interactive Hypnosis and Hypnotic Psychotherapy Online

    Joseph Meyerson

    Section 3: Couples & Families

    16. An Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy

    Arnon Rolnick, Adam Leighton, and Haim Weinberg

    17. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Online: Handholding from a Distance

    Lorrie Brubacher and Ting Liu

    18. Adapting Emotion Focused Therapies for Online Delivery

    Mirisse Foroughe and Prakash Thambipillai

    19. Gottman Method: Assessment and Treatment in the Age of Online Therapy

    Shoshana Hellman, Don Cole, and Arnon Rolnick

    20. Healing Through the Screen: Using Imago Relationship Therapy Online

    Kalanit Ben-Ari

    21. Online Contemporary Couples Gestalt Therapy "Two Become One" - and Then There are None!

    Rita F. Resnick and Robert W. Resnick

    Section 4: Specific Populations

    22. Online Suicide-Focused Treatment: The Telehealth Use of CAMS

    Mary V. Tipton, Josh Brenner, Jennifer Crumlish, Melinda Moore and David A. Jobes

    23. Reactivating Playfulness Online for PTSD treatment

    Mooli Lahad, Miki Doron, and Dori Rubinstein

    24. Adapting Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Individuals with Childhood-Onset Medical and Developmental Disabilities

    Kristen Holderle and Jeffrey Iler

    25. Diving into the World of Online Play Therapy

    Brian Keating


    Haim Weinberg, Arnon Rolnick, and Adam Leighton


    Adam Leighton , Haim Weinberg, and Arnon Rolnick


    Haim Weinberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, group analyst, and certified group psychotherapist in California, USA.

    Arnon Rolnick, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with special interest in the usage of technology in psychotherapy in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

    Adam Leighton is a counsellor, group facilitator, wilderness therapy facilitator, and lecturer at Ruppin Academic Center, Israel.

    "This is by far the best resource to access the accumulated therapeutic experience of remote working which has, by now, become part of all therapists’ routine practice. Every therapist, regardless of orientation, should be required carefully to study the brilliant advice from the collection of master therapists the editors assembled as these clinicians adapted their practice to online working. Packed full of immediately applicable practical wisdom, this immediate classic gives us hope that with creativity and flexibility, psychological therapists are able to modify their technique and generate remarkable improvement in their clients whatever limitations are imposed on their communication medium. Undoubtedly, the most helpful book of 2022."

    Professor Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FAcSS, FBA, PhD. Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London

    "This rich and comprehensive edited collection could not be more timely as we all grapple with the opportunities and challenges presented by online therapy. The editors have done an impressive job bringing together chapters on the main approaches and schools of psychotherapy inviting the contributors to reflect on how their approach has adjusted and learnt from the shift to online therapy. This is a wonderful resource and deserves to be the go-to reference book on all psychotherapy trainings."

    Professor Alessandra Lemma, fellow of British Psychoanalytic Society; Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and author of "The Digital Age on the Couch"

    "Online therapy is no longer unusual. After the COVID years the average therapist now has now conducted psychotherapy in a video-based online form many times. The public has come to expect that they can access and benefit from expert therapists who live far from their own hometown. These are positive changes but making online therapy work requires acknowledging and addressing its challenges in a flexible, creative, and effective way. This comprehensive volume shows you how. In a careful, systematic way it addresses setting, engagement, and the alliance; adjustments in all the major forms of psychotherapy are explored across individuals, couples, and families. Regardless of your approach, setting, or population you will find something useful on almost every page. It should be obvious to all that online therapy is here to stay -- it’s time to master this tool for the benefit of the lives of those we serve. Highly recommended."

    Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. Originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and author of "A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters"

    "An amazingly comprehensive compendium of reflections on teletherapy from therapists working from a wider range of theoretical approaches. This span makes it a terrific textbook for students of psychology, social work and counseling who are learning not only teletreatment but the range of treatment approaches, and a helpful, and very timely resource for therapists who were forced into COVID-imposed teletherapy.  There’s lots of useful information here on the impact of technology, the sense of intrigue that accompanies the transition from the office to the virtual space,the maintenance of empathy, the use of the whiteboard, and above all the otherness of the self that is discovered on the screen in video."

    Jill Savege Scharff, MD, FABP. Co-founder of The International Psychotherapy Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington DC; and editor of Psychoanalysis Online Vols 1, 2, 3 and 4