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From Freud to Dr. Phil, scholars analyze the rise of psychotherapy in America

From Freud to Dr. Phil, scholars analyze the rise of psychotherapy in America

In Treatment: The first day of class in “The Birth of Psychotherapy,” taught by historian Dr. Robert Abzug, begins more like a group therapy session than a graduate seminar course. Seven graduate students from a variety of disciplines sit around a u-shaped arrangement of tables. After a round of introductions, Abzug, the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, grabs a marker and invites the class to participate in a brainstorm about the cultural meanings of psychotherapy.