Therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik On COVID-19 Pandemic: ‘People Are Capable Of A Lot More Than They Knew'
Added 04-16-21 02:29:01pm EST - “The psychotherapist previews season two of "Couples Therapy" on Showtime and shares how the pandemic has impacted the mental health of millions of people nationwide.” - Stlouis.cbslocal.com
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(CBS Local)– Season two of Showtime’s “Couples Therapy” returns on Sunday, April 18 at 10pm EST/PST and that means viewers across America will watch psychotherapist Dr. Orna Guralnik work with couples in her New York City office on a range of issues from marital spats to depression and addiction.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on everyone mentally and physically and Dr. Guralnik talked with us about how the pandemic has impacted our collective mental health, what it was like to do therapy during the pandemic and what viewers can expect from season two of the docuseries.
“It was a really intense time to be filming,” said Dr. Guralnik. “We didn’t expect the year that we had. We started filming like a regular season and two or three weeks into the filming, the pandemic and the lockdown hit. It became something completely different with the technicalities of actually continuing to work and then the actual dynamics that unfolded between people going through this pandemic. All of the anxieties and illnesses and actually being locked down at home. It was a very intense and important document.”
Dr. Guralnik is a big believer in giving her patients the space to work through their thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it can be painful and messy, but the psychotherapist believes that it is important for people to listen to one another in order to truly be heard.
“We create a space that is safe enough and inviting enough for people to just want to talk,” said Dr. Guralnik. “By design, we want to tell our stories, we want to connect and we want to reach and get better. All you need to do is not get in the way. You really get to see people change and how they deal with issues. People often start treatment thinking change isn’t possible, but we are capable of a lot as human.”
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