The following is a suggested list of books and films for those interested in a sampling of representations of psychotherapy. I invite readers to suggest other sources to add to this list.
Case Stories: Freud
Freud, S. Dora: an analysis of a case of hysteria.
Freud, S. The rat man.
Freud, S. The Schreber case.
Freud,S. The wolfman and other cases.
Akeret, R.U. Tales from a traveling couch.
Baur, S. Confiding: a psychotherapist and her patients search for stories to live by.
Benetar, J. Admissions: notes from a woman psychiatrist.
Corsini, R. J. Five therapists and one client.
Dinnage, R. One to one: experiences of psychotherapy.
Greewald, H., ed. Great cases in psychoanalysis.
Haas, S. Hearing voices: reflections of a psychology intern.
Kates, E. On the couch: great American stories about therapy.
Kottler, J.A. and Carlson, J. The mummy at the dining room table: eminent therapists revel their most unusual cases.
Hammerschlag, C.A. The dancing healers: a doctor’s journey of healing with native Americans.
Peseschkian, N. The merchant and the parrot: mideastern stories as tools in psychotherapy.
Rubin,T. I. Shrink: the diary of a psychiatrist.
Shem, S. Mount misery.
Siegal, S. and Love, E. The patient who cured his therapist and other tales of unconventional therapy.
Stream, H. S. Behind the couch: revelations of a psychoanalyst.
Weinberg, G. The taboo scarf.
Yalom, I. Love’s executioner.
Yalom, I. Momma and the meaning of life.
Barnes, M. and Berke, J. Two accounts of a journey through madness.
Bateson, G. Percival’s narrative.
Chernin, K. A different kind of listening: my psychoanalysis and its shadow.
Gordon, E. F. Mocking bird years.
Greenberg, J. I never promised you a rose garden.
H. D. Tribute to Freud.
Israeloff. R. In confidence: four years of therapy.
Jamison, K. R. An unquiet mind: a memoir of moods and madness.
Kardiner, A. My analysis with Freud.
Kaysen, S. Girl interrupted.
Manning, M. Undercurrents: a therapist’s reckoning with her own depression.
Reiland, R. Get me out of here: my recovery from borderline personality disorder.
Rogers, A. A shining affliction.
Saks, E. The center cannot hold.
Salome, L. A. The Freud journal.
Slater, L. Welcome to my country.
Slater, L. Prozac diary.
Slater, L. Lying.
Shannonhouse, R., ed. Out of her mind: women writing on madness.
Styron, W. Darkness visible: a memoir of madness.
Boxer, S. In the floyd archives.
Michaels, P. Psych: a novel of the young Freud.
Rosenfield, I. Freud’s megalomania.
Stone, I. The passions of the mind.
Wheelis, A. The doctor of desire.
Yalom. I. When Nietzsche wept.
Yalom. I. Lying on the couch.
Yalom, I. The Schopenhauer cure.
Analyze This (1999) Billy Crystal / Robert De Niro
Analyze That (2002) Billy Crystal / Robert De Niro
An Unmarried Woman (1978) Penelope Russianoff / Jill Clayburgh
Don Juan De Marco (1995) Marlon Brando / Johnny Depp
Equus (1977) Richard Burton / Peter Firth
Final Analysis (1992) Richard Gere / Kim Bassinger
Good Will Hunting (1997) Robin Williams / Matt Damon
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977) Bibi Andersson / Kathleen Quinlan
Lars and the Real Girl (2008) Ryan Gosling/ Patricia Clarkson
Ordinary People (1980) Judd Hirsh / Timothy Hutton
Prince of Tides (1991) Barbara Streisand / Nick Nolte
Spellbound (1945) Ingrid Bergman / Gregory Peck