Jung At Heart

...Ramblings About Psychotherapy and Whatever Else Comes to Mind...

Where is the space?

I was reading this morning about urban architecture and the design of cities -- this project about therapeutic space is taking me to some odd places -- and the impact of the computer on urban design. Which leads me to some more questions about therapeutic space.

There are growing numbers of therapists who work with patients via telephone and online. I work with a number of my patients by telephone. Indeed, I mostly work with my own analyst via telephone with occasional face to face visits. When therapist and patient are not seated opposite each other, where are they? Where is the therapeutic space?

A few weeks ago, I happened to spend my usual hour with my analyst sitting, not in my office, but on the couch in my living room. I was alone in the house so there was no possibility that anyone else would overhear. But after I hung up, I realized I felt that I had been in the wrong place. So for each member of the pair, there is perhaps a need to have consistency of location. But where is the space in which they are working? Is it a new space made of the images each has of the other? And how does that space get explored? And if either of them ends up in a different physical location than usual, how does that effect the therapy and the therapeutic space?

Similar questions come up vis a vis therapy online. Where is the space? If I were to use my laptop one week and a desktop computer the next, would the space be the same? Is it important that both therapist and patient be sitting in the same location each time?

This is turning into a bigger set of questions than I first imagined.

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