The shrink seems like she would be annoying to work with.
Watching the series and being somewhat familiar with talk therapy, Bracco did a very good job.
She started out being fascinated by Tony Soprano and felt she could help him perhaps discover that he need not remain a murdering scoundrel.
Her ratio or listening, redirecting and making occasional suggestions was spot on.
At one point, she was sexually attracted to Tony and he to her, but that ship passed mid series.
Her character was raped mid-series and she realized that, had she tipped her hand to Tony, the rapist would have had his dick cut off and shoved down his throat, but she acted the professional and never let on. The story would have been very different had she succumbed to a desire for revenge. The rapist got off scot free.
Over time, her own shrink, played by Peter Bogdanovich, convinced her that a sociopath is unlikely to be successfully treated by talk therapy. She became disillusioned and, after being familiar with one study [Hare] and having read one more recent at the behest of her shrink, she determined that, all along, she may have been enabling her patient to go on with his psychopathy.
Eventually, she was repulsed by Soprano and she showed him the door just as the series was winding down.
He had got what he wanted from her, validation . . . and an ease to his panic disorder.
It was well done.
Read the Wiki about Bracco . . .
I mean the actress seems like she would be annoying, not the character. It’s nice your therapist found you just close enough to sanity to avoid committing you and so we get all those wonderful puns in your posts.
I knew what you meant.
That’s why I suggested you read about Bracco.
She’s a practitioner of karate, so after annoying the hell out of you, she’d probably kick your ass for all your mansplaining.