Talking Couples Therapy Episode 6 With Dr. Jenn Berman: Reuniting With The Past


Dr. Jenn Berman has been counseling people and offering advice to people in need for some twenty years now, but on VH1’s Couples Therapy, this marks her first time working with a group of ten celebrities whose relationships are in desperate need of repair. We’ll be checking in with Dr. Jenn each week to chat about the progress of her patients on the show, and what she really thinks of their behavior. This week on the show, DMX faced his mother for the first time in years for an emotional reunion, and Angelina and Chris struggled to co-exist with Chris’ manager, Nicole.

When DMX’s mom walked in, I was actually really surprised that their session went so smoothly, I thought it might be more volatile.

I think it went well because we all worked really hard to get everyone in the right state of mind beforehand to have that happen. And I really emphasized with him, we’re not here to debate what happened, we’re not here to discuss “did she beat you that way or hit you this way,” we’re here to connect and to see if there’s anything to salvage. Because this is a man who clearly needed the comfort of his mom. Just like any parent, X’s mom had her own limitations, and for him to see what her limitations are and to potentially get some nurturing from her was really healing for him, and to know she loved him was really important to him.

Were you surprised by Nicole’s behavior when she arrived at the house? She came, but then she wouldn’t be in the same room as Angelina, then she threatened to leave…

I thought it was very revealing about her feelings toward Chris.

Do you wish you could have gotten through to her a little bit more?

I wish I could have gotten her to sit down and have a session with us. In retrospect, I suspect she may have regrets. I can’t speak for her, but she missed an opportunity to sit down with a trained professional to talk about a conflict with two significant people in her life.

I know you had said that you thought Angelina might be a little paranoid, and it turns out she wasn’t at all, her suspicions were all validated with Nicole’s arrival. Did you expect it to play out that way?

I thought maybe Nicole had a crush on Chris or maybe there was some flirtation, but it was really clear when Nicole arrived that she had very strong feelings toward him and they had a significant history together.

The engagement ring exercise was another instance of Vienna making something about her. It’s hard to watch her react to certain situations like this one and see how it affects Kasey too. It definitely makes you feel for Kasey. Were you surprised by how the engagement ring store affected her?

I didn’t expect the engagement ring store to be such a trigger for her, I was really glad that when she was triggered that she talked to Dr. Mike and was forthcoming with the information because it was really important information, that she still had those feelings for someone else. That’s crucial. You can’t do couples therapy when someone still has such strong feelings for someone else. It’s counter to the process.

Can you reveal anything about how this ex factors in to their treatment or what we can expect in their story?

I will tell you, this plays out in a very very interesting fashion. There is more to be revealed and you won’t believe what happens.

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