I am therapy’s biggest champion. I’ve been seeing my therapist for … oh, nine years now? Dr. A is my longest term relationship, outside of my family. I credit her for helping me overcome so many of my issues, learning to forgive, and getting me through some truly heartbreaking times. And therapy isn’t just for when life feels really, really hard — when I’m feeling good, I still get just as much out of my weekly therapy sessions, as self-awareness is a never-ending journey.
Therapy, though, is still something many people raise an eyebrow at. They think it means you’re crazy, or fucked up, or suicidal. I would love to see therapy become even more normalized, rather than an extreme measure for the deeply wounded. One thing that is maybe helping (and also maybe hurting) that cause is the rise of televised therapy sessions on reality TV shows. I’m not talking about Dr. Phil — fuck him. I’m talking about both reality TV stars allowing the cameras in on their existing therapy sessions, or signing up for therapy-themed TV shows like “Celeb Rehab.” Just how legit are these therapists? What’s their approach to therapy? Would I ever hire them to shrink my head? Let’s review…
Gooooooooooood morrrrrrrrrning! I’m wide awake and ready to conquer the day because I’ve had three cups of coffee and watched the brand spankin’ new trailer for Vivid’s “Farrah 2: Backdoor and More,” the followup to Farrah Abraham’s NSFW cinematic debut, “Farrah Superstar: Back Door Teen Mom.” (Watch the NSFW trailer after the jump.) “Farrah 2″ is supposedly new footage from a second porn shoot, probably shot around the same time as the first, also starring James Deen. Keep reading »
Here’s an uncomfortable treat for you, Dr. Jenn Burman of “Couples Therapy” talked to Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison about their marriage on “Access Hollywood” yesterday. In case you had any doubts about the validity of this marriage going into this season of “Couples Therapy,” you can put those to bed.
These two are “organic” soul mates who live life to the fullest and their marriage is 100 percent real and endorsed (kind of) by Dr. Jenn Burman, their TV marriage therapist. The couples’ biggest therapeutic issue, according to Dr. Jenn, is not that Courtney sometimes calls Doug “Dad,” or that they are 34 years apart in age, or that Courtney’s brain and body hasn’t finished developing yet, or that Courtney doesn’t have any friends her age, it’s that Doug lost everything when he married her and now they are enmeshed.
I will refrain for being judgey, or discussing how dirty this interview made me feel, because Billy Bush does all the work for me. He used the word pedophile, not me. [Access Hollywood]
What do you do if you’re a D-list celebrity couple whose union is on the brink of collapse under the glare of the spotlight? Why, you agree to hash out your disagreements in the presence of other D-list celebrity couples also on the brink of collapse on VH1′s new show “Couples Therapy,” of course! Among the couples who have moved into the “Couples Therapy” house is Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison, married for just over a year, whose troubles have nothing to do with their 35-year age difference, but her insistence on dressing provocatively and reveling in the attention it brings them. Look, I know I have to suspend my disbelief for a show like this, because reality TV is never completely real, but I am just not buying Courtney and Doug’s strife. I mean, he willingly dresses up as pervy Santa Claus to her slutty Mrs. Claus in Christmas-themed photoshoots. Anyway, putting aside the fact that they each obviously need therapy for their own separate issues not couples therapy (because they shouldn’t be a couple, I mean, right?), I’m glad they’re on this show if only because I can’t get enough of Courtney Stodden. Sometimes I feel like if I just stare long and hard enough, I will understand her. Keep reading »
I’ll admit, I didn’t watch VH1′s first season of “Couples Therapy” but I will be watching this season, which premieres October 3rd, as Dr. Jenn Berman and a team of shrinks try to help celebrity couples with their marital issues. The D-list cast includes Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson (and possibly their new pup Dourtney?), former “Real Housewives Of New York City” cast members Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen, reality star Shayne and Nik Lamas-Richie and more. I’m dying to get inside those marriages. Just dying. Actually, I’m most excited for Alex and Simon. They’re relationship has been making me twitch for years. Bathing suits, fights and lots of crying! Yessss! This looks the kind of trashy TV I can’t resist. [ONTD]
A few months ago my fiancée and I watched an episode of “Thirtysomethings” when Elliot and Nancy start seeing a marriage counselor. At first they are both embarrassed and ashamed, and neither wants their circle of friends to know. But as it goes in a television show, the secret gets out and they both feel like crap.
Call me a stereotypical New Yorker, but I love therapy and never understood why people are embarrassed or ashamed about it. I also never got why people wait until they feel like breaking up to start couples’ therapy. Therapy got me through adolescence, depression, disorder, and my relationship with my fiancée. Keep reading »