Initial Intake examines the empty chairs and office surroundings of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from the point of view of their clients. From this vantage point I wish to reference the perceptions, associations, and responses to this very private environment, and the work that takes place there.
For many, the role of a psychotherapist holds significant weight, and the importance attributed to him / her is one of profound influence in many of our lives. Viewers are encouraged to consider the inherent personality in each of these environments, and the place of power being held across from them on a regular basis. I am particularly interested in the existence and importance of a dyadic relationship between practitioner and client, one not always considered in more traditional modalities of treatment.
My immediate family is made up of psychotherapists, and this series stems from the belief that long-term challenges can be resolved by examining patterns in personal and familial history. It grew directly out of my response to one particular therapeutic relationship, and the necessity of questioning the efficacy and treatment of working with that practitioner.
Title: Initial Intake
Artist: Saul Robbins
Contributors: Jack L. Nasar, Ann Sloan Devlin, Paula Tognarelli
Publisher: Griffin Museum
Date of publication: January 2013
Number of Pages: 74