Cinema Therapy and Robin Williams

August 18, 2014 2:56 PM

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Cinema therapy is an aspect of psychotherapy that is gaining attention these days. This approach involves the therapist's suggestion of various films that relate to the issues the client wants to address. Film's power to help and to heal, and therefore complement that therapeutic process, may be one of the most interesting aspects of practicing psychotherapy. In this realm, Robin Williams has contributed immensely to my professional performance. His characters seemed remarkably human and believable. I've suggested many of his meaningful films to therapy clients: The Fisher King, The World According to Garp, and even Mrs. Doubtfire.

I routinely encourage clients to watch Good Will Hunting, which stands out as one of the most interesting and psychologically sophisticated films about intimacy. Monday morning, a client in her 50s was expressing her anxiety about spending time in the evenings with a new boyfriend after many years o...

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