A friend had told me about this series, and I decided to watch it. I hope that this is shown on terrestrial channels at some point. It will give anyone who has no understanding of therapy some insight into the process. It raises some challenging issues with a bunch of tricky clients. I had a soft spot for Jake, Sophie and Alex.
It was interesting for me to see a Psychodynamic therapist,working in the way that Paul did. He self disclosed on many occasions. The management of confidentiality or not, when Paul had a couples session with his supervisor.Accepting gifts from clients. Alex giving Paul a coffee maker. Dealing with a suicidal client, who took pills from Paul's bathroom cabinet. Paul taking a phone call in the session. Working with clients individually that are in a relationship together, and managing those boundaries. Managing client confidentiality when a client has died. Drama, drama, drama. The series illustrates how challenging it can be to work as a therapist.
I assumed that Gina was Paul's clinical supervisor, but at times it felt like she was his therapist. The way that the power dynamics between the two of them were portrayed, I found amusing.
I found the series slow to begin with, but then could not wait to see what happened next.
I had difficulty with some of Paul's interventions with his clients, yet was touched with his relationships with his clients. Watching him work with Sophie, and how he adapted working with a young person was refreshing.
I wish that the writers had shown Paul having a panic attack with Laura in the final session, as when he was recounting this to Gina, it was hilarious.
I will definitely recommend this series to friends. I think it gives a realistic portrayal of the issues that some therapists may come across in their work. Paul was human, and had his own issues, despite being a therapist.