The following is an article which I wrote for the current issue of the Forum. This is a publication of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry of which I am the current President. President’s Message: My Introduction to Telemedicine/Telepsychiatry By Michael Blumenfield, M.D. There are many psychiatrists and other therapists who have […]
Three examples are discussed where he author has become involved in the delivery of psychiatric treatment via telepsychiatry (video conferencing). The first is in a county rural mental health clinic in California. The second is in conjunction with the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) where mental health professionals in China who are in a training program provided by American teachers via SKYPE ( video conferencing) desire to have their own personal one to one psychotherapy by this technique. The third is psychotherapy in the United States for private patients who for a variety of reasons find it more convenient and feasible to have their therapy via telepsychiatry.
The Internet has changed referral patterns for psychotherapy. Whereas in the past many therapists tried to keep information about themselves hidden, now days with the Internet it would be very difficult to do this. Rather than rely on referrals by other doctors, patients locate doctors as well as information about them via the Internet. The relationship to transference issues is also discussed.