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Psyche psychotherapy

Therapy – can you trust it?

http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/therapy-web-effective-beware

Online psychotherapy works. Sessions conducted between patient and therapist via the internet can be just as effective as face-to-face treatment. But it’s not for everyone and,
because there’s lots of money to be made, it’s difficult to be sure about the quality of what’s being offered.

Its not the money really, it is the fact that the net is unregulated. There is no clear jurisdiction. However the problem is almost the same off-line. There are all sorts of healers who do not fall under any professional body. It is a case of buyer be ware.

The problem is that even registrations do no not really ensure just how good the therapy will be.

Seven tips for choosing or sticking with a therapist

  1. Check out any therapist online. Google them.
  2. Check an online therapists claims by contacting their professional body.
  3. Talk about your therapy with others. (Don’t trust a therapist wo suggests you do not talk about it with others)
  4. Have a session with another therapist if you have doubts about your current therapist.
  5. Trust your instinct.
  6. Be wary of “special relationships” where usual boundaries don’t count.
  7. Be alert about any therapist who focuses on their own story or their own needs.
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Featured Journal Psyber Relationships World

Relations of the means of community

Takeover

Facebook just bought FriendFeed. The ensuing discussions have been fascinating, they raise the question:

Who owns your words?
There has been a fear that our personal writing, intimately connected to us, will be lost, deleted, stolen. It has happened before! E-minds, is one example, and there must be many more. The cry is Backup! OK. I have just set up this blog to make a weekly digest of my Tweets and the @replys. Good idea. Thanks to Twitter Tools. However it is not enough.

Who owns your relationships?

FriendFeed is a community, there is an invasion, a takeover. We can escape with some of our goods, but we have lost our land, and the community. (I am reporting what I hear, and sense though I have only been a member for a few days.)

“A platform is not a community, it is the people.” He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Yes and no. People are splitting off from FriendFeed, to identica, to Facebook to streamy.com, some are staying. There is a turmoil and a community is in stress. And the people were alienated from the decision. By joining a proprietary community we know this can happen, but no one involved the community members. The real value of FriendFeed is the people, but they were simply sold as part of the property.  The relations of of the means of community are not reflected in the relations of the community.

If this jargon is not familiar, read the Communist Manifesto on the relations of production (or look here) and the relations on the means of production. Production is social, ownership is private in capitalism.

We are seeing the virtual microcosm playing out the capitalism of the macrocosm.

And of course, the FB / FF takeover has raised these questions and the responses. Dave Winer is particularly warmed up to the issue, leading two important threads.

One is Your Blog Loves You. We can trust a blog because we own it, and not only that, it can’t be sold, so I can trust your blog as well. (well mostly), I can certainly trust the blogosphere as a whole to persist.

 

Is this a retreat into individualism & denial of community? Not really. The communal space is then the larger blogosphere, with its clustering, and overlapping communities. Bazaars not a cathederal.

The other Dave Winer initiative is: we’ll build one we own!
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Align the interests of: 1. Users and 2. Investors.
How to do that?
Well, they need to be the same people.

Align the interests of: 1. Users and 2. Investors. How to do that?  Well they need to be the same people.

I like the idea, but have misgivings! I’d like to follow up research on online community and the relations of ownership. I will have a look again at Virtual Communities on my bookshelf. Or maybe the current discussion, if you move among the bazaars will do the trick. (See Doc Searls response for example.)

Tom Atlee has just written an excellent item on Town Hall Meetings, notice how important the framework is and how it determines the outcome. Even the simple idea of breaking up into Topic Tables would have a huge impact.

It might pay to start with Engles and his book on Utopias, here is the chapter on Utopian Socialism. I say this because I read it in 1974, after investing 5 years of my life creating and participating in a physical community that was owned by its members. I wish id read it before I embarked on the project!

In conclusion…

Where I am at? The container for dialogue, for community, matters. No one structure or method is best. What suits the purpose.

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Books Podcasts Psychodrama

Page 39 “Who Shall Survive?”

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J.L. Moreno’s “Who Shall Survive?” is online! asgpp.org

Excellent news. It is all in image form so not easy to search, but it will be easy to OCR to quote. Would love to see it all in text.

An Image follows:

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Psyber Psyche Psychodrama psychotherapy Relationships

New Zealand Herald item

New Zealand News – – Online Therapy

“Another local online therapist is Kennedy’s mate, psychotherapist Walter Logeman, who started up Psybernet, a site dedicated to “exploring the psyche in cyberspace”.

Barry says wise things and I am also in the news!

See me here: http://www.psybernet.co.nz

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Journal Psyber psychotherapy

Psychotherapy Online with Walter Logeman

Psychotherapy Online with Walter Logeman

My invitation….

Write to me, in
an an email, about one of the following:

One of your dreams.
A difficulty or dilemma you are having.
A challenge or crisis in a relationship.
Strong feelings you have now.
A topic of your choice.

I will respond by email, free of charge, from my psychological perspective.

I will also let you know how to continue psychotherapy online with me if you choose to.

To get started email me:walter@psybernet.co.nz

I have updated my Psychotherapy Online pages.

August 2021

to be clear… this was 21 years ago.  I did that work for decades and loved it .  I could do so again.  But not now.  Other projects occupy my life. Training psychodrama, running groups .