(Local CBS) – The second part of Showtime’s “Couple therapyBack on Sunday, April 18 at 10 p.m. EST / PST and that means viewers across America will be watching psychotherapist Orna Guralnik working with couples at office Her New York City room covers a wide range of issues from marriage to depression and addiction.
The COVID-19 pandemic made everyone mentally and physically difficult and Dr. Guralnik spoke to us about how the pandemic has affected our collective mental health, how it can be worthwhile during a pandemic and what viewers can expect from part two of the documentary.
“It was a really stressful time to film,” said Dr. Guralnik. “We don’t expect the year that we had. We started filming like a regular season and two or three weeks after filming, pandemic and shutdown occurred. It becomes something completely different from the techniques of actually continuing to function and then the real dynamics unfold among people experiencing this pandemic. All worries and illnesses and really locked up at home. It is a very stressful and important document. “
Dr. Guralnik believes in giving her patients space to work through their thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it can be painful and messy, but psychotherapists believe it is important for everyone to listen to each other in order to truly be heard.
“We create a space that is safe and engaging enough that people just want to talk,” says Dr Guralnik. “By design, we want to tell our stories, we want to connect and we want to reach out and become better. All you need to do is do not get in the way. You can really see how people change and how they solve problems. Often people start treatment to change minds is not possible, but we are very much capable as humans. “
The document has three different couples and each couple has a different set of problems they are dealing with. While Dr. Guralnik deals specifically with those problems, she also discusses the impact of the pandemic on our mental health.
“There were a lot of important things that existed and people have been able to get through that moment,” said Dr. Guralnik. “They really have that ability. The most general conclusion I have drawn from this pandemic is that people are capable of doing more than they know. They may reach a certain challenge. That is what we must keep in mind as individuals and as people in relationships ”.
Live stream part one of “Couple Therapy” right now on Showtime app.