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Their 30-minute Appointment

Their 30-minute Appointment
February 29, 2008

DR. PAUL WESTON looks normal. He lives in a nice house, where his patients come for therapy. He listens, he zeros in on their problem, he walks them to the door. But underneath, as viewers of HBO’s “In Treatment” know by now, he might have as many — or more — problems than his patients.

One real-life patient said he relates to the show’s patients and compared his emotional growth favorably, said Beverly Hills therapist Cara Gardenswartz. “He is able to see objectively . . . what they are unable to see,” she said. Others have introduced a personal issue indirectly by referring to one of the patients’ issues.

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