Meatspace

Just suggesting to a friend of a friend who’s been a psychotherapist for many years that she would be able to make a good living as a cyberspace correspendent, posting therapeutic suggestions to people’s questions rather than meeting with them face to face. The rationale for the suggestion is that a good deal of the psychic burden of being a therapist comes from the physical presence of the bodies that a normal consulation requires. One can’t help but absorb some of that energy just though proximity.

However, in cyberspace, as opposed to meatspace, the interaction carries much less psychic weight…if one is good at communicating online, it should be possible to be helpful without getting drained in the way that a physically present therapist would.

Just a notion….

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Fred is a Teaching Artist, an arts integration advocate & a social justice activist. He is near completing a two-month Residency as String Game Performance Teacher at Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville, CA, and performed at the 2015 Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival. He also serves as Teacher Consultant for Professional Development with UCSC's Central California Writing Project and as their Technology Liaison to the National Writing Project. He is a Connected Learning Facilitator and coordinates Face To Face Drop Ins on Connected Learning biweekly at Arts Council Santa Cruz County. He teaches self-directed & connected learning via real-world projects & string games through his Original Digital Project, an Associate of the Arts Council.

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