1st Edition

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Transformed the Mental Health Landscape Transitioning to Telepsychotherapy Effectively, Volume I

Edited By Shigeru Iwakabe, Sarah Knox Copyright 2023

    This book is a valuable historical record of how counselling psychologists responded to the COVID-19 pandemic around the globe. Volume I includes 14 chapters that address topics associated with transferring counselling practice online. Several chapters focus on transitioning to online therapy from face-to-face contact, including the effect of such a transition on the therapeutic relationship, and working with clients’ emotional processes online.

    Written by prominent researchers and clinicians in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, both the volumes together cover a wide range of perspectives and offer useful clinical recommendations related to effective telepsychotherapy practice. The chapters in these volumes were originally published as a special issue of Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

    Foreword: Marshall McLuhan and the therapeutic importance of the telephone

    Jesse D. Geller


    Shigeru Iwakabe and Sarah Knox

    Part I: Transitioning to Telepsychotherapy

    1 Telepsychotherapy: a leaflet for psychotherapists in the age of COVID- 19. A review of the evidence

    Barbara Poletti et al.

    2 Transitioning to virtual programming amidst COVID- 19 outbreak

    Alejandra Sequeira et al.

    3 Mental- health care under threat: a pragmatic approach for ethical decision-making for practitioners in COVID- 19

    M. Bar, E. Fish and S. Mendlovic

    4 Psychotherapy at a public hospital in the time of COVID- 19: telehealth and implications for practice

    Zoe Silver, Mikaela Coger, Sebastian Barr and Rebecca Drill

    5 A brief transdiagnostic pandemic mental health maintenance intervention

    Trisha Arnold et al.

    Part II: Therapeutic Relationship

    6 Cultivating online therapeutic presence: strengthening therapeutic relationships in teletherapy sessions

    Shari Geller

    7 Repairing alliance ruptures using supportive techniques in telepsychotherapy during the COVID- 19 pandemic

    Tohar Dolev- Amit, Liat Leibovich and Sigal Zilcha- Mano

    8 Grappling with our therapeutic relationship and professional self- doubt during COVID- 19: will we use video therapy again?

    Katie Aafjes- van Doorn, Vera Békés and Tracy A. Prout

    9 When distance brings us closer: leveraging tele- psychotherapy to build deeper connection

    Cory K. Chen et al.

    10 A methodology to improve eye contact in telepsychotherapy via videoconferencing with considerations for psychological distance

    F. Grondin, A. M. Lomanowska, V. Békés and P. L. Jackson

    11 Let’s face it: video conferencing psychotherapy requires the extensive use of ostensive cues

    Shimrit Fisher, Timur Guralnik, Peter Fonagy and Sigal Zilcha- Mano

    Part III: Working with Emotions

    12 Clinical recommendations for psychotherapists working during the coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic through the lens of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)

    Hillary L. McBride, Andrew J. Joseph, Peter G. Schmitt and Brett M. Holtz

    13 Work with emotions in remote psychotherapy in the time of Covid- 19: a clinical experience

    Alexine Thompson- de Benoit and Ueli Kramer

    14 Emotion- focused and video- technology considerations in the COVID- 19 crisis

    Allan Abbass and Jasen Elliott


    Shigeru Iwakabe is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ritsumeikan University in Osaka, Japan. He conducts psychotherapy research on client emotional processes from an integrative perspective. His research interests include training and professional development in psychotherapy, case study research methods, psychotherapy integration, and cultural and social issues related to the practice of psychotherapy.

    Sarah Knox is Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA. The vast majority of her research is qualitative, and specifically uses consensual qualitative research (CQR). She focuses primarily on the psychotherapy relationship and process, training and supervision, and advising relationships and processes.