Introduction – In-Session Use of Digital Material in Child Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

by Anthony D. Bram, PhD


This section on digital media in child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is intended to help fill in a gap in the psychoanalytic literature where much more has been written about the cultural and developmental impact of the digital revolution compared to conceptualization and intervention in clinical work with children and adolescents who wish to access digital media within sessions. In this introductory article, I provide a preview of the section’s articles by four experienced psychoanalytic child clinicians. Each author-clinician offers multiple case illustrations and commentaries on the formulations that undergird their inventions with child and adolescent patients who sought to bring digital devices and media directly into treatment sessions. The hope is that this section will inspire other child analysts and therapists to write about their experiences on treatment’s digital frontier and thus expand our literature on this topic that is of vital importance in contemporary practice.

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 74(1): 304-307, April 2021.

Link to Online Publication [free access, fulltext is posted on the publisher website]. All the section’s articles can be requested from the library

About the Author

Anthony D. Bram, PhD, ABAP, FABP, is a psychologist and child and adult psychoanalyst in private practice in Lexington, MA, USA, and is on faculty at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is co-author of Psychoanalytic Assessment Applications for Different Settings (2021) and Psychological Testing that Matters: Creating a Road Map for Effective Treatment (2014).

Previous Posts:

Steven H. Cooper, PhD. (2021). Toward an Ethic of Play in Psychoanalysis. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 90:3, 373-397.

Diane O’Donoghue, PhD. (2021). Amnesias of a Freudian Kind. Part One. American Imago 78(1), 55-77.

Charles Levin, PhD and Dawn Skorczewski, PhD. (2020).The Poetics of Boundary Violation: Anne Sexton and Her Psychiatrist. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(2), 206-221.

Andrea Celenza, PhD (2020). Embodiment and the Perversion of DesireThe Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89(3), 369-398.

Steven H. Cooper, PhD (2021). Donald Winnicott and Stephen Mitchell’s Developmental Tilt Hypothesis Reconsidered. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(3), 355-370.

Elsa Ronningstam, PhD (2021). Cultural Function and Psychological Transformation of Silence in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. In Dimitrijevic, A. and Buchholz, M.B., eds. (2021). Silence and Silencing in Psychoanalysis: Cultural, Clinical, and Research Perspectives. Routledge, pp. 105-127.

Paola M. Contreras, PsyD (2021). The Magical and the My-Person in Psychoanalysis During the Covid Pandemic. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 68(6): 1113-1126. Open Access, DOI: 10.1177/0003065120981733

Don R. Lipsitt, MD (2020). In Freud’s Pocket: A Totem of Medical Ambivalence? American Imago, 77(4): 738-751.

Rachel Brier, EdD and Anna Ornstein, MD (2020). Tracking Changes in the Disruption/Repair Sequences: Important Aspects of Clinical WorkPsychoanalysis, Self and Context.

Rodrigo Barahona, PsyaD (2020). Living the Non-Dream: An Examination of the Links Between Dreaming, Enactment, and Transformations in hallucinosis. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89:4, 689-714.

Sarah Ackerman, PhD (2020). A Diagnosis for Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century: Freud as Medicine. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89:4, 667-688.

Lora Tessman, PhD (2020). Review of Ghost in the Human Psyche: The Story of a ‘Muslim Armenian’ , by Vamik D. Volkan. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 56(2-3):457-464.

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