Hollywood on the Couch

Hollywood on the Couch

by Dennis Palumbo

An entertaining look behind the the scenes of the entertainment industry.
My client (call him Larry) sits across from me, holding his stomach gingerly, rocking back and forth in his seat. His face, once seen smiling proudly next to a feature article about him in the Los Angeles Times, is now set in a rictus of pain.
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Copyright © 2008 Dennis Palumbo. All rights reserved. Originally published in Psychotherapy Networker, July 2005.
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Dennis PalumboFormerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year, Welcome Back Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in creative issues in Southern California. His latest book is From Crime to Crime, a collection of mystery short stories narrated by a therapist. He has previously written Writing from the Inside Out: Transforming Your Psychological Blocks to Release the Writer Within.
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Learning objectives:

  • Define aspects of the role of the therapist in working with clients from the entertainment industry.
  • Describe unique issues that come up in therapy for Hollywood entertainment industry professionals
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