Couples Therapy (TV series)

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Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
CouplesTherapyLogo.jpg
FormatReality
StarringDr. Jenn Berman
Dr. Mike Dow
Rachel Clark
Tom Carouso
Sarah Michelle Novia
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
Original runMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) – present
External links
Website
 
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Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
CouplesTherapyLogo.jpg
FormatReality
StarringDr. Jenn Berman
Dr. Mike Dow
Rachel Clark
Tom Carouso
Sarah Michelle Novia
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
Original runMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) – present
External links
Website

Couples Therapy is an American reality television show airing on the cable network VH1 that chronicles celebrity couples as they receive relationship counseling from Dr. Jenn Berman, Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, and her staff. The first season, which consists of eight episodes, premiered March 21, 2012 and featured participants such as rapper DMX[1][2] and Linda Hogan (ex-wife of wrestler Hulk Hogan).[3][4] The second season premiered on October 3, 2012,[5] and features controversial couple Doug Hutchison and his wife, Courtney Stodden. The series airs Wednesdays at 10pm.[6]

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Production history

Season 2 saw the casting of actor Doug Hutchison and his wife, Courtney Stodden, whom he married when she was 16, and who was two weeks shy of her 18th birthday upon their arrival at the therapy center. Due to Stodden's age, she was forced to leave the production area every night, due to California child labor laws. This drew surprise from one participant in the series, who commented, "It was totally bizarre. The whole point of the show was to have all these couples living together in the house. Courtney had to leave Doug every night and go to a hotel so that no labor laws were broken."[5] This also caused conflict with other participants,[7] one of whom commented, "It caused a lot of friction in the house and poor Doug was left by himself a lot of the time when everyone else was a couple. How can you shoot a show called 'Couples Therapy' when one couple don’t even share a bedroom together?"[5]

Despite characterizations of Hutchison as a "pedophile"[8][9] and "predator", the series' main therapist, Dr. Berman, stressed that she does not believe that Hutchison is, or was, seeking out young people, saying, "He's not a predator. He’s not someone, who if Courtney left him, would be trolling the Internet or high schools for underage girls. That's not his m.o. This is not a guy who was seeking out teenagers. He was teaching a class, she wanted to be an actress, it was an acting class… And that’s how it started." Though Berman was eventually surprised by the dynamic between the two, she commented on her initial hesitations about working with the couple, saying, "I believe it was the wrong decision to let a 16-year-old marry a man in his 50s. It’s uncomfortable to see… [at first] I said to my producer, ‘I think this [guy] is a pedophile…I don’t know if I can work with these people.’ I don’t condone it, but I do see that this is a married couple that is genuinely married and they have marital issues that needed to be worked on. I came in saying, 'She’s a victim, he’s a predator.' What I found out was that she has a lot more power in this relationship and he is far more powerless than I expected. His family has completely disowned him… He unfortunately has nothing besides her." Hutchison was also defended by Stodden's mother, Krista Keller, who praised Hutchison for the kindness with which he treats Stodden.[6]

Cast

Main cast

Couples

Season 1

Season 2

Episodes

Season 1

Series
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Season
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TitleAirdate
11"Couples Therapy Begins"March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)
22"Opening Up"March 28, 2012 (2012-03-28)
33"Rebuilding Trust"April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04)
44"Fighting Fairly"April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)
55"Childhood Trauma"April 18, 2012 (2012-04-18)
66"Putting Love To The Test"April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)
77"Following Your Heart"May 2, 2012 (2012-05-02)
88"Season Finale"May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)

Season 2

Series
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Season
#
TitleAirdate
19"Couples Therapy Begins"October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)
Four of the five new couples are introduced to Dr. Berman. Shayne Lamas reaction to Nik Richie's comments about their marriage leads to an argument over their sleeping arrangements, and the pouring of wine onto a mattress. Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison's controversial relationship leads to heated exchanges with and Shayne Lamas and Nik Richie.[9] 
210"Opening Up"October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
On the first night, Nik refuses Doug demand for an apology for Nik's statements about him and Courtney. In Process Group, Berman asks each couple about their darkest moment. Courtney and Doug relate a fight they had after a stranger gave Courtney his phone number; Alex relates a fight six months earlier in which she and Simon became verbally abusive, after which Alex demanded a divorce; Tiny relates an argument following JoJo's release from the hospital for reasons relating to his drinking; Nik talks about a time one month into his relationship with Shayne that she found text messages from another woman. The fifth and final couple, rapper Todd "Too Short" Shaw and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Monica Payne, arrive. Speaking with Shayne and Nik, Berman observes that Shayne's shopping is a non-verbal reaction to Nik's website. After leaving the dinner table over Courtney's clothing and dress, Shayne threatens to leave the program.[26] 
311"Communication issues"October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
Continuing from the previous episode, Berman convinces a distraught Shayne to stay. In Process Group, Berman talks to the couples about the lies that they have used to maintain lives as public figures. Nik apologies to Doug for his prior language, but tension between them continues. Tiny attempts to talk to JoJo about his alcoholism, but he dismisses her concerns. Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen explore their relationship problems, but end up fighting over them. Berman and Tom Carouso observe communication difficulties in Alex and Simon, who bicker over minutiae but do not discuss specific issues regarding their relationship, and Doug and Courtney, who have trouble speaking due to Courtney's tendency to become distracted. Todd struggles with whether he can maintain his public image as a womanizer while staying in a committed, monogamous relationship.[27] 
412"Exposing the Real Issues"October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
Because of the limited amount of time that Courtney, a minor, can legally be allowed to spend at the treatment center, Doug must do without her during a couples yoga session, which causes him to become upset. Berman speaks to the group about trust, during which Courtney reveals that she still desires friendship from her ex-boyfriend, but romance from Doug. Dow and Berman talk to Tiny and JoJo about his alcoholism, but JoJoe remains obstinate. Shayne expresses aversion to Courtney's behavior and clothing during a group trip bowling.[11] 
513"Power Dynamics"October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24)
In Process Group, Berman talks to the couples about which member of each couple has the power in the relationship. Individually, she talks to Shayne and Nik about their cyclic fighting and Shayne's dismissal of Nik's feelings, to Todd and Monica about Todd's commitment to monogamy. To make a point to the couples about how fortunate they are to have each other, Berman arranges a group session in which the couples learn about the life and loves of Israeli psychologist Dr. Moti Peleg and his wife, Ronit. Berman implements a dress code under which Courtney must wear less revealing clothing, but Courtney is displeased with this.[28] 
614"Playing By the Rules"October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31)
Courtney reluctantly complies with the new dress code, which she characterizes as a "backlash for being beautiful". In an emotional Process Group about past trauma, Alex talks about the deterioration of her father from Alzheimer's disease that began when she was nine, and his eventual death; Tiny talks about the childhood molestation she suffered and how it damaged her ability to trust men; Courtney's inability to open up in a similar manner offends the other couples. Alex and Simon later speak with Berman about how her trauma relates to her current relationship with her mother and her trust issues. After Courtney refuses to continue complying with the dress code, she is evicted from the program, and leaves the treatment center with Doug.[29] 
715"Dourtney's Aftermath"November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)
Despite the relief felt by the couples in the wake of Doug and Courtney's departure, Dr. Berman criticizes some of the other couples for their aggressive behavior towards Doug and Courtney. Alex has a one-on-one session with Berman regarding the control issues Alex has with her mother. In a Process Group about love and loss, the couples learn the story of Scott Bolzan and his wife, Joan, who suffered a unique tragedy. Alex's mother visits the treatment center, where she speaks to Alex and Berman about unresolved questions about the day Alex's father died. Berman informs the group that Doug and Courtney will return to the treatment center.[30] 
816"Putting Love to the Test"November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14)
Doug and Courtney return after promising to abide by the center's rules. The other couples take responsibility for their prior behavior and welcome them back, but when Simon and Alex try to explain their concerns, Doug and Courtney dismiss Simon as "angry". Dr. Berman speaks with Courtney's mother, Krista Stodden, to learn about Doug and Courtney's relationship. Berman talks to Todd, whom she says has made progress, but has still not firmly committed to whether he wants a monogamous relationship. Todd and Monica and Nick and Shayne go out on private dates in order to reconnect romantically. While Todd surprises Monica with his tenderness and his promise to commit to her, Nik and Shayne's outing is marred by squabbling.[31] 
917"The Final Confrontations"November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
Berman talks to Nik and Shayne about the fight during their date. In a Process Group about threats to their relationships, Doug and Courtney talk about being cut off from Doug's family, while Tiny and JoJo talk about his drinking. He later tells Tiny he wants her to leave as well. Doug talks to Nik and later to Berman about his relationship with Courtney and how it cost him his family. Berman introduces the group to singer/songwriter Doug Johnson and Eddie and Norma Kennedy, in order to learn the story of the Kennedy's daughter, Sara Elizabeth.[32] 
1018"Season Finale"November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
JoJo agrees to go to Alcoholics Anonymous. Berman talks to Courtney and Krista about Krista's life as Courtney's manager. When Doug phones his mother, with whom he has not spoken for fourteen months, she invites Doug and Courtney to visit her. In the final Process Group, the couples thank Berman for her work with them. Having never had a proper wedding ceremony, Nik proposes to Shayne, and the two renew their wedding vows in a ceremony on the grounds of the treatment center.[33] 

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