1st Edition

The Virtual Couch COVID-19 through a Psychoanalytic Lens

Edited By Sonali Jain Copyright 2023
    196 Pages
    by Routledge India

    196 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This book is one of the first systematic examinations on the looming mental health crisis emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic from a psychoanalytic perspective.

    Bringing together practising therapists from Asia and Europe, this book:

    • analyses themes like anxiety, depression, sexuality, loss and death through clinical vignettes
    • highlights how children, adolescents and adults have been responding to the pandemic
    • explores how personal and collective trauma are mourned, remembered, repeated and worked through
    • studies deep-seated prejudices and fears
    • focuses on how the pandemic has stimulated exceptional manifestations of human solidarity and creativity

    Comprehensive and practical, this book will be an essential guide for mental health professionals, counsellors, therapists and medical doctors treating psychological trauma.

    Foreword by Sudhir Kakar


    Sonali Jain

    1.  Play: Seeing Children’s Inner Worlds

    Nupur Dhingra Paiva and Shweta Dharamdasani

    2.  Reflecting and Integrating the Inner Child During Challenging Times

    Rekha Sapra

    3. Psychic Withdrawal to Dreaming: Gliding the Spectrum during Covid-19

    Neetu Sarin

    4. Against Psychoanalytic Form: Witnessing the Unconscious with Lacan

    Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

    5. A Smothered Community Dialogue during the Pandemic

    Jhuma Basak

    6. Breaking down or breaking through? Varying shades and states of psychic lockdown and emergence of some movement within

    Namita Bhutani

    7. Between Contact and Contagion: Sex, Shame and the Screen

    Rashi Kapoor

    8. Psychosocial Reflections on Destructiveness in the Youth

    Ashis Roy

    9. The Paradox of the Iranian Covid-19 Event: At Least We Are Not Alone

    Gohar Homayounpour

    10. What does Therapy look like in Times of Lockdown? A View from Paris

    Anne Gagnant and Benjamin Levy

    11. The Waves of Loss

    Surabhika Maheshwari

    12. Living in the times of Pandemic: Remembering and Reliving Loss and Trauma

    Shweta Dharamdasani

    13. Stairs and Waves: On the Shores of ‘Social’ Distancing

    Ananya Kushwaha

    14. Unmasked: The Dread of being Able to Kill

    Urvashi Pawar

    15. Where are Your Brains?

    Anurag Mishra, Bhaskar Mukherjee and Anup Dhar


    Sonali Jain is Associate Professor of English in Bharati College, University of Delhi. Her doctoral work at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) centred on Vijay Tendulkar and the semiotics of cinema. She was Translator-in-Residence at the University of East Anglia, UK, in 2008 and has translated Tendulkar’s play Baby into English. She has also edited Strindberg’s Miss Julie. She co-edited Literature, Language, and the Classroom: Essays for Promodini Varma, published by Routledge in 2021. Her areas of interest include psychoanalytic theory, film studies, drama and translation. She has been painting for many years, and her works have been exhibited in a number of group shows.