Psychology for Lawyers
a first look at psychotherapy
George Weinberg, The Heart of Psychotherapy: A Journey into the Mind and Office of the Therapist at Work 78-112 (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984)
Willard Gaylin, Talk Is Not Enough: How Psychotherapy Really Works 31-51 (Boston: Little, Brown& Co., 2000)
Elizabeth Kilpatrick, "What Do You Do in Analysis?" in Karen Horney (ed.), Are You Considering Psychoanalysis? 159-185 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1946)
"The Analytic Attitude: An Introduction," in Roy Schafer, The Analytic Attitude 3-13 (New York: Basic Books, 1983)
We watch this episode of “In Treatment” to give you a sense of how a psychotherapist works with a patient. We look at what psychotherapists do—in counseling and in therapy—to see if we can find anything in their practice that might be useful to lawyers in the counseling that we do when we work with clients.
▪ How would you describe what Dr. Paul Weston does in this first session with Walter Barnett, a new client?
▪ What patterns, if any, can you detect in the way Dr. Weston talks to and works with Walter Barnett?
▪ What do we learn about “psychology” by watching Dr. Weston’s work with Barnett?
▪ What do we learn about “psychology” by watching Walter, the way he describes his “problem,” and the way he has found to deal with his “problem”?
▪ What kind of counseling skills would you need as a lawyer to deal with Walter Barnett as a legal client?
References for thinking about the Walter Barnett Session
An Interview of Adam Phillips
An Interview with Christopher Bollas
What is Psychoanalysis?
What is Psychotherapy? A Dialogue Between Two Psychoanalysts
James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy & the Soulless Society
Reference ("In Treatment")