Fifty Shrinks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

“… I have been an analyst for more than fifty years and I still find it astonishing that every patient has something new to communicate. Sometimes I’ll encounter a patient who has so much new to say that it’s bewildering. It is as if any analyst is living not only his own life, but also the lives of countless other people. So I think I am making a bargain with Death. I am cheating. I am living more than one life.” — Marin Bergmann, PhD

“… My taste is for African art that comes from my Afro-centric perspective. That’s a part of who I am. If a white analyst puts African art in her office, it is perceived as nothing more than her having good taste. For me, as an African American, when I choose to display African art, it is interpreted differently, more personally, as an aspect of my identity, which is also true. I can imagine that to some new black patients, their first reaction might be” ‘I want to get out of here. This guy has his black self right up front and out there. I don’t want to deal with the black part of myself. I’d rather go to a white analyst.’ In a way, I’m challenging those patients to respond. It opens the dialogue where I can say, ‘okay let’s see what we can do with that response,’ and then the real therapeutic work can begin…” — Kirkland C. Vaughns, PhD

“… In the early 1970s, before Roe versus Wade, obstetricians started to refer women who needed to get abortions. It was all pretty secretive with only a few hospitals willing to do the procedure. One of the ways for a woman to obtain an abortion legally was to be suicidal. I had to assess if she was in real danger. Was the woman depressed and overwhelmed? Does she have an intent or plan to kill herself? What was her social situation? What were her life stressors?” — Bertram Rosen, MD

“… Over time, I found that I was especially intrigued by working therapeutically with individuals going through separation and divorce. You’re going to be triggered very frequently by a lot of things that are going on during a divorce or separation when people are highly activated. You need to know yourself and where you are coming from. Without my own analysis, it would be very difficult for me to do this kind of work. When people separate, they often think their lives will never be as good again. I inspire them to see that, although it feels terrifying, change can make their lives better in the long run…” — Kate Bar-Turn, LCSW, FIPA

“… We all are falling, wrote Rilke in his poem ‘Autumn,’ leaving us with a final question: Is there one whose gentle hands will hold up all this falling? This is one of the most powerful questions addressed to psychoanalysts by their patients, as it was addressed to the priests before, in a time when the Creator was these hands thought to hold all. What answer can the psychoanalyst give, this strange silent creature born somewhere between the passing of a religious age and the era of secular science?” — Jamieson Webster, PhD

How interesting are those quotes? Sebastian Zimmermann is a New York City-based photographer and psychiatrist who after setting up his own practice, started to experience a sense of remoteness from the outside world. While his patients shared with him intimate details of themselves, the role of psychiatrist necessitated a detached and discrete existence. So, his remedy for it was to create a photo series. As soon as he began capturing the offices of his peers, word spread and tons of therapists wanted to take part in the project.

I love how every single image portrays those therapists as vulnerable objects while in reality we have an idea of them being powerful and strong. Also, it’s so interesting to see how each office tells a tale of their own little world!

People watching at its best!

P.S: The battle we didn't choose.
P.P.S: Healing soldiers.

(via Feature Shoot)


Anonymous said...

My mother used to be a therapist. When I asked how she can separate herself from her patients she used to say that it's not about separation it's about the ability to understand that nothing can be fixed in a day. Jill

Marcela said...

Amazing project! Photos are really great!

Diana Mieczan said...

Jill, so true!

Diana Mieczan said...

Marcela :)

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