Notice: This is a review of the R1 (US) edition of 'In Treatment', season 2 (which will probably be identical to the R2 (Europe) edition).
In 'In Treatment' we follow Paul (Gabriel Byrne), a therapist, in his sessions with various clients during 7 weeks (=one week per DVD in the box-set (R1)). Often, Pauls clients don't seem to know exactly why they are there, or deceive themselves. And the same with Paul when he meets with his former tutor, Gina (Dianne West).
The action takes place almost exclusively in Pauls home/office/treatment room with client and therapist engaged in conversation. What is so great with 'In Treatment' is that these sessions are totally captivating as we delve deeper into different persons, including Paul himself whose private life we are showed interiors of, in between sessions for example, or in his dialogues with Gina. As a therapist Paul seems very professional and in control, but we also see his more problematic sides.
The difference with season 2 is, to begin with, new clients: a lawyer and previous patient of Paul, a young girl with cancer diagnosis, a young boy and his parents and a elder man who is CEO of an international company. Each week/DVD has one episode with each patient, and ends with Paul meeting psychoanalyst Gina for a session.
The other difference with season 2 is the setting: Paul is now divorced and has moved to an apartment in Brooklyn. Also, the father of one of his former patients from season 1 is suing him for mistreatment.
For some reason I was slightly more captivated by season 1. I don't know why. Perhaps it's because then the idea was fresh. But there is no question: if you liked season 1 you will like this one as well.
I don't know how truthful "In Therapy" is compared to the real thing, but as I see it this is of minor importance. Also, I don't know how to categorize Paul as a therapist: perhaps some kind of cognitive therapy-school with an existentialist touch, where the treatment mostly consists in asking questions that forces the clients confront themselves and their life situation.
The picture quality and sound is good. The acting is great. The only 'minus' is the lack of extras in the DVD box-set.