In today’s conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Gillian Isaacs Russell, an author, Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, and a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association.
I interviewed Gillian in the first season of the show, in episode 8, and her rich insights and area of study were so pertinent to this moment in time that I had to invite her back.
With each of us living different experiences of what it means to be under lockdown during a pandemic, we explore how denial, grief, loss and fear can show up, what personal adaptation and transition might look like, and how we might begin to give ourselves permission to experience and integrate what we’re living through, however that may be.
We also discuss the role of eye gaze and embodied presence, how increased screen time may bring both losses and gains, and what we may come to value as we move through this time together. Gillian also mentions several fascinating resources and studies which I’ve linked to at the bottom of the page, if you fancy diving deeper.
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Recorded on the 13th April.
DR GILLIAN ISAACS RUSSELL
Having served on the Editorial Board as Book Reviews Editor, Gillian is currently on the Reviewing Panel for the British Journal for Psychotherapy, and was recently co-opted to the Covid-19 Advisory Team for the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Her fascinating book, Screen Relations, explores The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and her work examines how some of our most intimate relationships, including that of analyst and patient, are affected by technologically-mediated communication.
Resources cited on the show
APA paper: Remote Session Guidelines for Periods of Restricted Travel
APA video: Emergency Conversion to Tele-treatment: Making it work
HBR: That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
Dr G. Isaacs Russell: Why am I so tired after a day of Zoom?
WSJ: Why Zoom Meetings Can Exhaust Us
Written, recorded & produced by Nathalie Nahai © 2020.