Technology

Using AI to Be Better Therapists

A Conversation with Heather Hessel

Will people really turn to a human if a “humanly enough” chatbot is available? What if human-to-human therapy becomes accessible only to a privileged few? Read more

AI in Therapy

A Conversation with Matthias Barker

What happens when AI enters the therapy room? Therapist influencer Matthias Barker chats with Networker editor in chief Livia Kent. Read more

This issue explores our work as therapists in the shadow of AI as well as how professional and personal lives collide. Read more

Ready or Not, AI Is Here

What If Therapy Bots Become Too Good?

A clinician on the precipice of launching his own AI therapy bot—HIPAA-compliant, infused with personal warmth, and based on thousands of hours of therapy... Read more

The Bot Will See You Now

My Illuminating Chat with Pi

When it comes down to it, what do human therapists really have over artificially intelligent ones? Read more

Can AI Make Us Better Therapists?

Using New Technology for Supervision

AI is already being used to create treatment plans, track client change, and detect empathy. How else could it help therapists? Read more

The Tech-Free Vacation

A Family's Search for Lost Connection

Is there anything trickier for modern-day parents than separating a 13-year-old from an iPhone, even if it’s just for a few days? Read more

Point of View July 27, 2022

The Mental Health Gym

An Interview with Emily Anhalt

Mindfulness apps, thought trackers, CBT courses, and the Uberization of therapy has flooded headlines. But what about psychodynamic or relational approaches... Read more

The Avatar Will See You Now

An Interview on the Virtual Reality, the Metaverse, and Therapy

Networker talks with the co-founders and clinicians of Virgils, a virtual reality platform for therapists and clients. Read more

The Therapy Beat May 22, 2022

Therapy Meets the Metaverse

A New Approach to Treating Young Clients

A firsthand look at how a new virtual reality program is taking therapy to new places. Read more

The Therapy Beat December 30, 2020

“Therapy robots” have been touted as an answer to loneliness and a new way to build social skills. But will they change the way therapists work? Read more

Strategies to Cope with Distance Learning

A Systems Approach for Parents and Children
Bahareh Sahebi and Mudita Rastogi

When kids are learning remotely, it can be tough on parents also working from home. Here's how a therapeutic approach that takes into account the larger... Read more

Dealing with Cybertrance Mindfully

Tara Brach Shares a Personal Story

With so much of our lives being conducted in front of screens right now, it can be easy to lose sight of the world around us, and this can make for some tough... Read more

Taking Vagal Virtual

Can Teletherapy Recreate Positive Social Engagement?
Marie-Pierre Cleret

I’ve begun to worry that in our headlong rush to embrace teletherapy, we’re going to train ourselves out of expecting the depth of connection and intimacy... Read more

Playing Together Apart

Figuring Out Teletherapy for Kids

Without a well-researched paradigm for reaching young children who might need teleplay therapy in an uncertain time like this, therapists are forging ahead... Read more

United in Uncertainty

A Technophobic Therapist and Covid-19

A technophobic therapist struggles with a new professional reality. Read more

In the last few weeks, as the specter of contagion has rapidly grown more ominous with each news cycle, an unthinkable professional reality has emerged for... Read more

Clinician's Quandary September 18, 2018

My Client Keeps Checking His Phone! (Part Two)

Five More Clinicians Give Their Take

Our last Clinician’s Quandary received an overwhelming number of responses. Here are a few more that didn’t make it into Part One but offer other useful... Read more

Clinician's Quandary September 7, 2018

My Client Keeps Checking His Phone During Sessions

Five Clinicians Give Their Take on This Tricky Clinical Scenario
Psychotherapy Networker

Sometimes during sessions, Jonathan checks his phone for emails or updates, even though his therapist has asked him not to. She suspects Jonathan's... Read more

Symposium Highlight March 21, 2018

VIDEO: Tara Brach on Awakening from the Cybertrance

Dealing with the Challenges to Mindfulness in a Digital World

It should come as no surprise that, in our culture, immersion in cyber activities far outpace the interest in mindfulness. But how do you deal with the... Read more

The Therapy Beat September 7, 2017

The rise of text therapy is raising ethical questions for its practitioners. Read more

Even if the diagnosis of “internet addiction” is legitimate (and many experts think it isn't), surely it can't apply to the billions of people on the... Read more

Loving Our Devices

When Does Attraction Turn into Addiction?

More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital... Read more

Hacking Happiness

How Social Media Can Enhance Well-Being

Both ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychological research can help us make more enlightened choices as we navigate our way through the digital age. Read more

The Age of FoMO

Our Brains on 24/7 Alert
Sharon Begley

Our compulsive use of digital devices is best understood as the result of their ability to tap into a deep anxiety in the human psyche about “missing out.” Read more

We Weren't Meant to Live in "Screenworld"

Why Therapy is the Counterculture We Need

Nowadays, you see screens at checkout counters and laundromats, in restaurants and waiting rooms, and on the dashboards of cars and in their back seats. Isn't... Read more

Stress responses aren't only vested within the sympathetic nervous system’s capacity to support fight-or-flight behaviors. There’s another defense... Read more

In this issue, our contributors reveal, in ways that were all quite stunning to me, the magnitude and vast social implications—for us and our profession—of... Read more

Left to Our Own Devices

Sorting Through The Bewildering World Of Therapeutic Apps

Mobile apps offer tools for everything from depression, social anxiety, and binge eating to phobias, OCD, postpartum problems, and substance abuse recovery. In... Read more

The Empathy Gap

Digital Culture Needs What Talk Therapy Offers

Conditioned by the experience of life on the screen, clients today find it harder to concentrate on face-to-face conversation. They may not even see its value... Read more