Would You Seek Treatment from These 4 Fictional Therapists!
Dr. Wyatt – Grey’s Anatomy – played by Amy Madigan
If there was ever a collection of people in dire need of therapeutic intervention it’s the residents and attending physicians of the fictional Seattle Grace-Mercy West! Dr. Wyatt has treated Meredith Grey and Owen Hunt, neither of which being particularly receptive or engaged in the work. Dr. Wyatt isn’t always adept at maintaining boundaries, allowing patients to barge in to session to declare exposition while Wyatt is in the middle of treating someone else’s story arc.
Dr. Darryl Nolan – House – played by Andre Braugher
Dr. Nolan is a lot better therapist than ever-truculent Dr. House deserves. Of the four, Dr. Nolan seems the most pragmatic, though at times veers dangerously close to magical negro territory!
Dr. Edna – Mad Men – played by Patricia Bethune
Dr. Edna is by far the most educated and accomplished of the bunch. While she primarily treats children, she’s not above treating adults who act like children. In the case of Betty Draper, Dr. Edna had her number from day one. Not so sure if I agree she’s been as helpful to poor, put upon Sally Draper.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi – The Sopranos – played by Lorraine Bracco
Dr. Melfi wears incredibly skimpy skirts, yet there’s nothing skimpy about her psychiatric knowledge or capabilities. As a professional whose cultural knowledge enhances her ability to treat patients, Melfi wasn’t always skilled at maintaining healthy boundaries or prevent her curiosity from getting the best of her.