Clinical Psychology in America

When most people think of psychotherapy, they remember scenes with therapists in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , The Sopranos , and Grey’s Anatomy , among other TV series. Yet, all three of the therapists in these productions are psychiatrists using psychoanalytic methods based on Sigmund Freud’s theories. Numerous other forms of therapy have emerged in the 100-plus years since Freud developed “talk therapy.” Most modern psychotherapists practice newer types of therapy, all grouped under the umbrella term clinical psychology . One good example of the interaction between therapist and patient would be in the film Good Will Hunting . Its main character, Will, is a genius with a photographic memory, but demons from his past keep him from achieving his potential. After getting in trouble with law enforcement, he is court-ordered to undergo therapy. He figures out how to


Made with FlippingBook - Online magazine maker