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 »
In a last ditch effort to make their marriage seem like it was a real thing, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are seeking counseling. Sources say their union is “up in the air” after Kim flew to Minnesota to meet with Kris’ pastor, Joel Johnson. After a four-hour come-to-Jesus session (literally), they admitted that there is a lot wrong with their relationship. How brave of them, but aren’t these the kind of counseling sessions that usually take place before the wedding? Either way, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall, if, in fact, this session actually happened. We won’t be holding our breath for a reconciliation. If Kim and Kris are representative of the rest of celebrity couples who’ve sought counseling, this is just the beginning of the end for them. Or the end of the end, considering they’ve already split. Click through to find out the fate of other famous lovers who (supposedly) ended up on the couch. [TMZ]
“Aaron misses you and can’t live without you,” was Dr. W’s first line at our first session.
I turned to my handsome, curly haired off-and-on beau of six years, sitting beside me on the couch of Dr. W’s office. I’d left Aaron because he couldn’t commit. Yet after three months apart, he coerced me to a couples session with his new therapist, Dr. W, “just for closure.”
“He’s so happy you could make it here today,” Dr. W added.
“And who are you, Cyrano de Bergerac?” I asked. Read more … Keep reading »
Sigh, it sounds like Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson have a bit of a tumultuous relationship. According to Page Six, Lindsay and Sam “are fighting like cats and dogs. They fight every day, screaming, crying and yelling at each other. Sam and Lindsay are still very much together and very much in love, but drama just seems to follow Lindsay, and Sam hates it.” So how are they dealing with the friction? The couple is reportedly getting couples therapy, trying to work through their issues. The thing is, couples therapy has always sounded, to me, like something married folks do. Obviously, you want to do whatever you can to save a marriage — but if the person your with is “just a boyfriend or girlfriend,” would you be willing to shell out the big bucks, not to mention the time and emotional energy, seeing a professional? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »