‘Couples Therapy’: Dr. Jenn Berman Dishes On Farrah Abraham, New Season


Says viewers will see 'a more human side' of the 'Teen Mom' star


Dr. Jenn Berman has her hands full this time!

As host and star of COUPLES THERAPY, she spent three intense weeks attempting to salvage the relationships of nine (mostly D-list) Hollywood celebrities.

Season 4 of the VH-1 series features REAL HOUSEWIVES star Taylor Armstrong and boyfriend John Bluher; former reality dad Jon Gosselin and girlfriend Liz Janetta; Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah and girlfriend Kelsey Nykole, THE REAL L WORD stars Whitney Mixter and Sada Bettencourt and TEEN MOM/adult film actress Farrah Abraham (who gets “stood up” and chooses to complete the journey alone).


 

“As much as people like them or feel that they are divisive, when you do therapy with people like these, you grow to love them — In an appropriate, therapeutic way, of course,” Dr. Jenn says.

“Each season has been special, but this season, I think, has really been my favorite so far.”

What makes it so great?  She told me all about it in our exclusive interview:

Who surprised you the most?
Probably Jon Gosselin.  I watched his show.  This was the first season where there were actually people on who I watched on TV.  I had seen him on JON AND KATE PLUS 8.  I just didn’t think he was that verbal or in touch with his feelings.  He came in and was so open and so insightful and so honest that he really surprised me.

When do you find out who is coming?
It is usually discussed with me as it is happening.  I try not to prep too much.  I don’t like to know too much going in.  I get kind of basic bios.  I don’t like to know too much because I don’t want to be biased.

Were you able to save every relationship?
In the first episode I sit down with everyone and say, “Look at the person next to you.  Some of you will walk out of here more deeply in love than ever before.  And others are going to realize after this experience that this is not the right person for you to be with.”  And that is exactly happened this season.

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Last year, it was widely reported that Farrah Abraham was lobbying very hard to get on your show — even though she didn’t have a boyfriend.  Now she is on it and her “boyfriend” mysteriously disappears the night before taping starts.  What is going on there.
What I can tell you — and I am a bit limited, legally, about what I am allowed to say — is that she signed on for the experience with a boyfriend whose name I cannot repeat…

Brian Dawe?
I cannot confirm or deny.  But this person, the boyfriend, spoke at length with producers, did pre-interviews, had a plane ticket, the whole thing… He was flown in but he never showed up.  So she arrived not even knowing that he wasn’t coming.  She reached out to him and he didn’t respond to her. I am kind of limited with what I am allowed to say, but he really surprised all of us.  When she walked in I sat down with her and said, “What do you know?” And she said, “He is not returning my calls.”  She was really, genuinely distraught and confused — as were my staff and producers.  My hope was to bring him in [later] to either do therapy or at the very least give closure to the situation.  So I spent a lot of time trying to bring him back in.  In the meantime, what I found was that this was a woman who desperately needed therapy.  This was not an isolated incident.  It was very much representative of her patterns with men. This was really an opportunity.  I looked at this like, “May this be her rock bottom with men. I think I can help her whether he comes or not.”  I thought it was really important to help her.

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Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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