Todd Essig, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College. He has served on the Editorial Boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He founded, and for 16 years until 2010, was Director of The Psychoanalytic Connection, becoming widely known among colleagues as a pioneer in the innovative uses of information technologies for psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. He has written about the possibilities and dangers of tech-mediated online therapies while designing and producing online educational programs for JAPA, the International Association of Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Willliam Alanson White Institute, and the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.
As a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice with individuals and couples he has learned that whatever the NEXT BIG THING happens to be, it can leave people feeling more miserable and isolated than before; life in the "future" does not always feel very good when it gets here. But sometimes it does. Sometimes information or reproductive technologies, to name just two, work to enrich individual desire and emotionally significant relationships. You just never know the influence emerging technologies will have on how it feels to be alive.