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Eckardt, M.H. (2011). The Use of the Telephone to Extend Our Therapeutic Availability. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 39(1):151-153.

(2011). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 39(1):151-153

The Use of the Telephone to Extend Our Therapeutic Availability

Marianne Horney Eckardt, M.D.

The popularity of the ongoing use of telephone sessions as a legitimate mode of conducting psychotherapy is a cause for concern. This article discusses its limitations as well as appreciates its effectiveness with a select group of patients. Embarking on psychotherapy by telephone requires the pre-existence of a good psychotherapeutic alliance and the development of some stability in the patient's life. Many patients do not take to communicating by telephone. The need of a more active therapeutic style will be commented upon. The workability and the quality of the telephone sessions need to be ever re-evaluated, as the patient and the circumstances will change.

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