I have written an essay about how psychotherapy has been depicted in films, TV, novels and memoirs which was part of some presentations I have made at various conferences. Psychotherapy has been depicted in films and TV in some intentional and unintentional comedic ways (e.g. Analyze This) as well as some astonishingly realistic ways (e.g. “In Treatment”). In considering psychotherapy cases or stories, my essay uses James Hillman’s framework for “healing fiction” in his book of that title, as well as Mikhail Bakhatin’s notion of dialogic discourse to examine what happens in all psychotherapy and how it is depicted beyond the therapy room.
See the attached essay and let me know if you have thoughts about the material.