Showtime’s ‘Couples Therapy’ is a unique documentary-style reality TV series that chronicles four couples who seek guidance from renowned psychologist Dr. Orna GuralnikTo work on their strained relations. TheShow tracks their progress and gives them a gift with each episode theThe viewers get a realistic view of the world. thePsychoanalysis and couple counseling are two of the most popular fields. Since it first landed on TV in 2019, ‘Couples Therapy’ has received a lot of praise from fans and critics alike. ButIs it really as authentic and true as it claims to be? orAre there scripted parts? Let’s take a look ourselves and find out.
Is Couples Therapy Real or Fake?
In ‘Couples Therapy,’ four couples approach Dr. Orna GuralnikA psychologist who is experienced and has been practicing for over a decade. theFaculty the Trauma Studies ProgramThis is the National InstituteFor the Psychotherapies. HenceIt has been established that she is a medical expert with years of experience. the crux of the show. SheBefore agreeing to join, she took her time and shared in a September2019 Interview for Producers Josh Kriegman Elyse SteinbergShe had to convince her about a lot. theIt is not fabricated.
“I thought I would talk to them like a consultant…someone who could give them some background information…They had to earn my trust…AreThey will try to make it look like something else. Is there going to be a wish for more drama?”, said Guralnik. But theProducers quickly assured her that the main purpose of their company was to create theshow was to explain theThe real and important side of therapy the masses.
For the participants, Kriegman SteinbergThe couple was informed that they interviewed many couples and selected those who were genuinely open to therapy. MoreoverThey decide not to finalize people with extreme vulnerabilities, such as suicidal tendencies, drug addiction, and suicidal tendencies. theBeing under scrutiny could actually cause harm to those who are offering help. To maintain neutrality, Guralnik meets the couples for the first time in the first episode. Therefore, both parties’ initial responses to each other are authentic.
However, the primary evidence of ‘Couples Therapy’ not being scripted lies in thetechnique in which it’s filmed. The therapist’s office shown on-screen is an exact replica of Guralnik’s actual office and is designed in such a way that theParticipants feel as comfortable as they would at a regular visit to their psychologist. NotJust that. the cameras filming them are placed so strategically that they don’t obstruct theRecording the natural flow of events during each therapy session.
Kriegman revealed, “WeCreated an office the cameras actually were concealed behind one-way glass…Theycould come in and sit in theWaiting room, one hour session OrnaLeave, and never again interact with any element of the production process or see a camera.” ThisIt is guaranteed theParticipants are not aware that they are being lensed and can interact with one another freely. Guralnik. In addition, the psychologist’s adorable dog NicoIt plays a crucial role in making sure that everything goes smoothly. theParticipants feel at ease while they wait for their session to start theAvailable office space.
ApartThis is where you can find the following: theDue to production restrictions, show was affected Covid-19, theThe filming set was moved into more private spaces. Guralnik the participants’ homes. InAn April 2021 interview, she stated, “When they suggested doing it from home, it seemed completely impossible…But theThe treatment began for couples who had been married before. theThey needed to double the amount of lockdown and pandemic turmoil the help.”
GuralnikThen we spoke about theBeauty of the situation and added, “PeopleThey were literally doing sessions in a closet with clothes hanging above their heads. orIn the bathroom, or with someone nursing in her bed…There was a beautiful intimacy to it.” SpeakingThis is theParticipants, quite some of them have also come forward to testify. the show’s genuineness. For instance, ElaineDeSean, one theSeason 1 couples shared their coming to theThey were able to save their relationship and communicate better.
“PriorTo go through [the show] I don’t know that I heard a lot of what he said…I’m painted by my own stuff…I think Dr. OrnaOur lives and our marriage were saved. Definitely,” said the couple. Tashira DruAnother pair of in-demand pairs is the one above. theSeason debut. Dru disclosed, ‘“BeforeI was thinking about how therapy started, and what it meant for me. the cameras…ButSoon, I forgot that this was even a show. Every week, it was like: ‘OK, it’s time for therapy. It’s time for work.”
The only part of ‘Couples Therapy’ that may be altering reality a little is theThe editing process leaves out theRepeating and awkward bits theRecorded footage is customized according to your specifications. theComfort and convenience are two sides of the same coin theConsent of the participants. ThusWe can restore that theshow is primarily an actual account of theThe intricacies and help of human relationships theAudience finds someone they can relate too through theExperiences the participants. LastlyIt also helps to break theStop putting taboos around therapy and start having conversations about topics that are less commonly discussed.
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