The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy

April 18th, 2022  |  Published in Latest news

The American Psychoanalytic Association has awarded Hannah Zeavin the 2022 Courage to Dream Book Prize for her book, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (MIT Press, 2021).

The Distance Cure
tracks the history of teletherapy (understood as a therapeutic interaction over distance) and its metamorphosis from a model of cure to one of contingent help. Her account of the “distanced intimacy” of the therapeutic relationship offers a powerful rejoinder to the notion that contact across distance (or screens) is always less useful, or useless, to the person seeking therapeutic treatment or connection. At the same time, these modes of care can quickly become a backdoor for surveillance and disrupt ethical standards important to the therapeutic relationship. The history of the conventional therapeutic scenario cannot be told in isolation from its shadow form, teletherapy. Therapy, Zeavin tells us, was never just a “talking cure”; it has always been a communication cure. Read more on Hannah’s website.