“Psych, on the other side of the couch”, on France 2: in the heads of six psychoanalysts

Six psychologists confide

“Psych, on the other side of the couch”, on France 2: in the heads of six psychoanalysts

Six psychologists confide. Those who spend time mainly listening have agreed, for the Infrarouge show, to talk about themselves, their motivations, their practices and their patients. Enough to lure the audience, in a country where one in three French people say they have, at least once in their life, carried out an analysis.

You still need to know who you are dealing with. Of all the psychologists, only psychiatrists are doctors, with a specialty in psychiatry. Psychologists and psychotherapists have at least university training, while the practice of psychoanalysis remains free, without recognized diploma or regulation.

Our six psychologists are psychoanalysts. In front of the camera, in their office – essential, the setting – they support the theory with real-life examples. Jean-Michel Vivès, who practices in Toulon, takes a long time before deciding whether or not to take someone for analysis. Conversely, Alain Vanier, a Parisian with a deep bass voice, only refused one patient at the first appointment – ​​“and I think, today, wrongly,” he says. It was about a man suffering from AIDS, who, knowing he was doomed, had a series of sexual relations to take revenge.

How should we respond to such a confidence? Especially since “there is no science to help us”, underlines Catherine Dhéry, in Paris. Also, to “train”, they force themselves to follow a long analysis before practicing. Ali Magoudi, in Paris, began his own without conviction and “without symptoms”, before realizing that he had “never had dinner with a man face to face”. Their sincerity is astonishing. Did they need to express themselves that badly?

omnipresent death

Catherine Dhéry thus recounts her childhood full of questions, between her father, the filmmaker and director Robert Dhéry, and her mother, Colette Brosset, co-founders of the Branquignols, a comedy troupe from the 1950s-1970s. “My mother said to my father: “Take off your makeup before you scold the little one!” » Twenty years of analysis, from 17 to 37 years old, will provide him with answers.

In Dinard (Ille-et-Vilaine), Virginie Jacob Alby started hers at 19, “because [her] survival depended on it”, suicidal, haunted by her surname, Jacob, and the traces of death that it conveyed. Desired, given or feared, death is omnipresent. Ali Magoudi uses euphemism to mask stress: "What's annoying is someone who tells you: 'I won't be there next week, I'm going to kill myself'"; Jean-Michel Vivès cynicism when he remembers his first patient, condemned at short notice: “He was whining…”, until he found the right words.

This requires time and money. In return, “the patient very quickly sees the results of his treatment on his life,” assures Ali Magoudi. Otherwise, he won't come back: he won't pay an astronomical sum if there is no result. They're not crazy, people. »