How Are You? Connection in a Virtual Age
A Therapist, a Pandemic, and Stories about Coping with Life
by Therese Rosenblatt

By turns a memoir, a chronicle, and a provocative contemplation of our new socially distanced and virtual world, How Are You? tells the story of how a therapist found herself plunged overnight into the unsettling reality of a pandemic and all-virtual therapy.

Therese Rosenblatt shares her privileged front-row seat into the hearts and minds of her patients, to report on what is actually going on inside real peoples' heads from the dark, early days of the pandemic through its long, drawn out progression. Dr. Rosenblatt then trains her own attuned eyes and ears onto herself, sharing some of her own experiences, challenges, and unexpected pleasures as she navigates this new world together with her patients.

Readers get an insider view of how her patients are coping with loss, loneliness, and isolation, as well as overcrowding with relatives, spouses, and partners, and their challenges with substance use. Rosenblatt opens a window into her own private thoughts as she conducts her therapy sessions-an inner world that is normally reserved for the therapist alone. At the same time, readers are privy to the experience and perceptiveness of an analytic therapist, living through the same crisis as her patients. A crisis that includes catastrophic illness, social isolation, and the move to a virtual existence that is liberated from the physical space of the consulting room, yet missing its comforts and human sensibilities.

The stories journey deep into the regions of the private therapy space with vignettes from remote patient sessions, revealing what it has been like as they tackle poignant and pivotal aspects of their lives-difficult marriages, ambivalence about pregnancy, and young adults trying to launch into the world while locked down with their parents.

Dr. Rosenblatt offers us a breadth of insight gleaned from twenty-six years of practicing therapy, plus many more decades of a life lived fully. Here is a book filled with wise observations that offer succor and skills for those searching for guidance in this time of crisis and facing the demands of living, loving, working, connecting, and finding meaning in a world lived increasingly at a distance.

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About the Author

Therese Rosenblatt

Therese Rosenblatt, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Westchester County, New York. She treats adults, adolescents, couples, and families. Therese has led parenting groups in her private practice, in the Alcott pre-school in Scarsdale, New York, and at the Early Childhood Development Center in New York City, in which she taught parents about babies' and children's developmental levels, tasks, and needs and supported parents in the challenges they faced raising their children. She also consults with families working to improve their relationships with each other. Therese is on the faculty of the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and is adjunct clinical supervisor at Yeshiva University and Pace University in New York. She will be teaching a graduate course at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in the academic year, 2021-2022. Therese writes and presents about various topics in Psychology. Since the pandemic, she has been running workshops and speaking on the topic of life challenges, and emotional health during the pandemic, plus the changing needs of virtual therapy practice. Recent publications include, The Analyst's Illness From the Perspectives of Analyst and Patient, a chapter in What Happens When the Analyst Dies: Unexpected Terminations in Psychoanalysis, published by Routledge, July 2019; and The Voice of the Analyst: Narratives on Developing a Psychoanalytic Identity, co-edited and authored with Linda Hillman, published by Routledge in September 2017. How Are You?, her first book for the general public, will be published by Rosetta Books in July 2021. Therese lives in NYC and Westchester with her husband, where she enjoys long visits from her three sons and their partners.