Psychology for Lawyers

a first look at psychotherapy


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)

Leston Haven, Coming to Life 28-43 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1993)

Rick Friedman, On Becoming a Trial Lawyer 160-169 (Trial Guides, 2008)

Class Video

Class Viewing

"Walter" | In Treatment (HBO) | Season 2, Dk. 1, Episode 4 [25:37 mins.]



Study Questions

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 Directly Related to the Walter Barnett Session

An Interview of Adam Phillips
[57:31 mins.] [comment relevant to Walter Barnett's session with Dr. Weston begins at 52:28 mins. and ends at 54:17 mins.]

[3:13 mins.] [Norman Anderson, American Psychological Association] [arguing that psychotherapy is effective]

Louis Cozolino on Facing Your Fears about Therapy
[3:13 mins.]

Reference|Therapy Session with Walter Barnett

An Interview with Christopher Bollas
[26:46 mins.] [a follow-up on Norman Anderson's comments in the first video; Bollas' comments on psychiatry and medication begins at 13:50 mins. & end at 16:08 mins.]

What is Psychoanalysis?
[8:39 mins.] [Freud Museum London] [reference to panic attacks and the relevance of a psychoanalytic approach; comments begins at 3:56 mins. & ends at 5:17 mins.]

What is Psychotherapy? A Dialogue Between Two Psychoanalysts
[22:10 mins.] [Gerald J. Gargiulo and Amira Simha-Alpern] [reasons for a person going into therapy; Dr. Gargiulo refers to therapy as education of the emotions; the goal of therapy is a way to find out who we are; distinguishing therapy and psychoanalysis; the need for extended therapy sessions]

James Hillman on Archetypal Psychotherapy & the Soulless Society
[7:39 mins.] [talking about psyche, revisioning psychology; "the psyche upsets us" (the question: "why is this disturbance coming?"; starting with where we are now (and the lack of psychology); talking about soul]

References (Shari M. Geller on "Therapeutic Presence")

Brief Definition of "Therapeutic Presence" by Shari M. Geller

Shari M. Geller Publications

Therapeutic Presence: Neurophysiological Mechanisms Mediating Feeling Safe in Therapeutic Relationships
[Shari M. Geller & Stephen W. Porges, 24 (3) J. Psychotherapy Integration 178 (2014)]

Reference (Leston Havens)

Psychodynamic Theory Debate
[46:19 mins.] [Leston Haven's presentation begins at 17:38 mins.]

Reference (Videos)

Selected Introductory Videos on Psychotherapy

An Array of Videos on Therapy

Reference ("In Treatment")

"In Treatment"


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