The outbreak of the pandemic with the consequent stage of confinement, has forced the suspension of the usual setting in presence to replace it with another substitute, through the use of technologies that allow the continuity of treatment at a distance. The author’s experience is shown, as he moves from a live setting to a virtual one and then back to a like one with a female patient. Some general considerations are made about the setting in presence, in order to be able to contrast it with the virtual one. The author supports the idea that the absence of the patient’s and the analyst’s bodies in the same space, limits the possibilities of an authentic un-conscious communication, and therefore of an analytical experience, since they do not have access to the primitive perceptive-sensorial experiences.
Keywords: Presence setting, remote setting, pandemic, analytical process