Developing and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships Online with Alla Rowe and Julia Ovchinnikova

WPF Therapy
Course summary
6 hours
75 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

Developing and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships Online with Alla Rowe and Julia Ovchinnikova

Most clinicians have made the move to online therapy suddenly. For many, it has worked well. Others may be struggling. Now is the time to consolidate the work and think about how we deepen our work with clients using this medium.

  • Do you want to develop your work online?
  • Are you working online with your clients?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of online therapy?
  • How can we develop a way of maintaining a therapeutic presence in online work?
  • What are the challenges of imaginative and creative interaction with clients during live video sessions?
  • What strategies can we use to overcome psychological barriers in working online?

Suitability - Who should attend?

Counselling and psychotherapy trainees and qualified counsellors and trainees wishing to explore and develop their online work.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of the workshop you can expect:

  • To develop understanding of potential difficulties of working online and to explore various ways of managing those.
  • To explore individual emotional responses to on screen counselling through experiential activities and discussion
  • To re-examine familiar concepts such as analytic attitude, holding environment, containment and reverie in the absence of physical “container” of the traditional therapy room.
  • To learn a cross-modal communication channel between the human senses.
  • To embrace therapeutic uses of technology as the integral “third”.

Training Course Content

During the workshop, we will explore the essentials of a genuine psychotherapeutic process while working by Skype. Starting with a brief history of an online work that began with chat rooms and later moved on to Skype work, participants will be invited to look at the therapeutic presence and imaginative function as one of the key concepts. The need for and the lack of physical proximity will be explored. Case presentations will illustrate the situations when the physical distance becomes a serious obstacle in the therapy, when it could be overcome and rare cases where it facilitates the therapeutic process. How do our own sensory function and body attunement impact on the work? Do they facilitate therapy via Skype?  There will be space to explore your own individual emotional experience of online communication, personal associations with the use of devices and “screen” and how those influence their attitudes towards online therapy work.

During the afternoon we will look at the peculiarities of transference and countertransference with special attention to embodied countertransference. Managing the emotional container when the physical container is “contaminated” or absent will be presented as a case study. Seductions and distractions in online therapy, shame related issues will be explored and followed by clinical vignettes.

Finally, we will think about the concept of technology as the “third”, new therapeutic landscape and how it can be acknowledged, embraced and worked with in therapy is discussed. The critical issues for the profession then become the professional development for practitioners in the use of Skype and suggestions are listed.

Course delivery details

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.


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

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WPF Therapy

WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...

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