Films with psychologists and psychotherapists

For some people, the only exposure they have to a psychologist or psychotherapist and the kind of work they do is through watching films. If you have seen a number of the movies listed below you may have noticed that practitioners are as individual as the people (clients) they see. Did any of these movies make an impression on you? We would love to hear your thoughts.


A Beautiful Mind
An Angel at my Table
Angel Baby
Beautiful Dreamers
Death of a Superhero
Donny Darko
Forever Lulu
Garden State
Girl Interrupted

Good Will Hunting

This film about an emotionally wounded, traumatised South Boston genius really moved me. Especially the way the main character Will pushes through his struggles, with the help of a caring therapist. I cried, and as a 6 ft male who was taught to hide emotions, I can assure you, that rarely happens. I love that Will heals when he becomes more emotionally aware, overcomes his fear of rejection and learns to trust. I'm going through a similar process myself, so I can relate to Will. "I'm not saying I'm a genius just cos I go here, of course I am smart though." - Chuckie (Wills' best mate) Amazing movie! Dave (aged 27)


Lars and the Real Girl

The psychologist GP in this film is truly inspirational, and an excellent role model for any therapist-in-training. She beautifully demonstrates the intelligent sensitivity and gentle approach necessary when working with someone like Lars. I was also moved by how Lars was treated with respect and unconditional acceptance by those who came in contact with him. This story shows that a community's attitude and caring support can make all the difference when processing trauma in an unconventional manner. Bianca - the life like doll - clearly enabled Lars to find his voice and connect with his emotional, affectionate self. A very big thank you to all those involved in creating this wonderful movie. Jess Bryan

Mr Jones
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ordinary People
The Prince of Tides
The Antwone Fisher Story
The Silence of the Lambs
The Unsaid
What about Bob?

Photo: Andy Serkis from Death of a Superhero (2011)


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