Journal article

A Perspective on Client-Psychologist Relationships in Videoconferencing Psychotherapy: Literature Review (Preprint)

Francesco Cataldo, Shanton Chang, Antonette Mendoza, George Buchanan

JMIR Publications Inc.

Abstract

BACKGROUND During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been encouraged to maintain social distance. Technology helps people schedule meetings as remote videoconferencing sessions rather than face-to-face interactions. Psychologists are in high demand because of an increase in stress as a result of COVID-19, and videoconferencing provides an opportunity for mental health clinicians to treat current and new referrals. However, shifting treatment from face-to-face to videoconferencing is not simple: both psychologists and clients miss in-person information cues, including body language. OBJECTIVE ..

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