My episode as a guest expert therapist for the premier of A&E’s “Monster In-Laws” airing tonight at 10:30 pm ET
This is the first installment of a video diary I kept while shooting a reality show for A&E. I can only release the first installment BEFORE the show airs tonight, October 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm ET due to contractual obligations. Look for the other installments TOMORROW!
This show has gone through many edits. It was set to air, then not, and now it definitely is.
Some of you know I was a talent agent for 10 years before becoming a psychotherapist and coach, so I was very wary of doing ANY reality TV. I have been approached on previous occasions and either had no interest in the show concept or, after conveying my unwillingness to be scripted AT ALL, the show’s creators lost theirs.
From the Top
When I got to the hotel, I saged my room from top to bottom and set up my Zen Den.
I had thought long and hard about doing any reality television and would only do it if I could full on be myself and do what I REALLY do in my practice that produces results. They assured me that was exactly what they were interested in capturing.
I only signed a contract for one episode so I would not be committed and we could all walk away if the fit was wrong. Even though I really believed the producer and director were invested in the mental health of the family, I did not know how I would feel until I shot the show.
For now, all I can say about my experience is that transformation can happen under the most unlikely circumstances. Also, I was blessed to work with a new breed of producers from Left Field Pictures who restored my faith in the possibility of true transformative television, and, in the process, I learned as much about myself as I did about my TV family.
What you will see tonight is REAL – no reshooting, no reconstructing. We rode the show, and it was quite a ride…
Check back tomorrow for my recap of the show and your chance to share your thoughts.
Hope you enjoy the premier!
“Monster In-Laws”, Monday, October 24, 10:30 pm ET on A&E network