Thursday, December 14 2017
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The psychiatrist’s couch

The psychiatrist’s couch

The term "psychiatrist's couch" has become synonymous with the treatment given by any therapist. Real consultation rooms don't look like this but there was a real couch that started the stereotype. The first psychoanalyst's couch was a Victorian day-bed - reportedly given as a gift to Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud by a grateful female patient, Madame Benvenisti, in around 1890. It is sturdy and solid, draped in a multi-coloured, rich Iranian rug and scattered with well-worn cushions.