What THE INCREDIBLES Got Right About Kids 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. How do you handle kids different stages of development? You learn to be… flexible. The three kids in The Incredibles actually illustrate all four stages of childhood development, which is part of the reason their parents have to parent each of them a bit differently. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan…

Villain Therapy: JOKER 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Check out nordpass.com/cinematherapy to get 70% off +1 month free! Arthur Fleck’s massive swings between manic episodes and serious depression can teach us a bit about what bipolar disorder looks like in real life. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright take a look at the circumstances that lead Arthur Fleck…

Therapist Reacts to BRAVE 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Do you ever feel like you’re in a conversation but just talking right past each other? Merida and her mother frequently complain that the other just. won’t. listen. At the start of the movie, their relationship is full of misunderstandings because they want to be understood, but don’t try to understand. Licensed…

Psychology of a Hero: TONY STARK (part 2/2) 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. How does this genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist overcome his arrogance, ego, guilt, and PTSD? Tony Stark can think his way out of almost any problem, but what happens when he can’t? Or when he can’t protect the people he cares about? Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright finish out Tony…

Psychology of a Hero: TONY STARK & PTSD (part 1/2) 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Why does Tony Stark have PTSD symptoms in Iron Man 3, when he came through previous adventures seemingly unscathed? Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright break down what causes Tony’s breakdown in Iron Man 3, how he gets through it, and how that relates to real life trauma or anxiety.…

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN vs Infidelity, with guest Jahannah James 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Chasing dreams, damaging and repairing relationships, making amends for mistakes, and fabulous musical numbers – The Greatest Showman has some powerful themes we can learn a lot from. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker, filmmaker Alan Seawright, and special guest Jahannah James talk about dealing with and preventing infidelity in relationships, and repairing damaged…

PRINCE OF EGYPT and Healing Broken Relationships 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Most people fight with their siblings, but the conflicts between Moses and his siblings are pretty epic. But we can learn a few things about forgiveness, hatred, love, holding grudges, and healing broken relationships from the stories of Moses, Rameses, Miriam, and Aaron. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright talk…

Therapist Reacts to Gilderoy Lockhart 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. He may have won Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile and have lots of best-selling books, but there are some not-so-charming personality traits behind that grin. Gilderoy Lockhart shows many of the traits of narcissistic personality disorder. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright take a close look at Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal…

Therapist Reacts to SOUL 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. What do you do when you either don’t know your purpose or feel like you can’t live up to it? Joe Gardner and 22 seem to be opposites – one fears life, and the other fears death – but they really struggle with the same fear: failure. Something a lot of us…

Therapist Reacts to Kylo Ren 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Kylo Ren might be scarier than Darth Vader, and here’s why: He lacks emotional control, especially at the start of the trilogy. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright walk through Kylo Ren’s (played spectacularly by Adam Driver) journey back to the light and redemption, discussing some of the trauma, issues,…

Therapist Reacts to RUNAWAY BRIDE 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Is she scared of commitment? Lying to herself and others? Doesn’t know who she is? What makes Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) keep literally running from relationships? Relationship expert licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright talk about the classic rom-com Runaway Bride, from quirky characters to classic tropes, and what this…

Therapist Reacts to ONWARD 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland) is hoping the father he’s never met can help him figure out who he is. His brother Barley (Chris Pratt) is still processing the grief of losing their father. Together, they learn to move ONWARD – finding closure and appreciation for the relationship they have with each other.…

Merry Christmas from Cinema Therapy! 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Happy Holidays from the Cinema Therapy team! Starting Cinema Therapy has been a highlight of our year, and we’re so grateful to all of you for joining us on this adventure! We’ve got a lot more great things coming next year, and we hope you’ll stick around and be a part of…

Therapist Reacts to ADHD in ELF 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Buddy the Elf is hilarious to watch, but what would it be like to actually live with someone like him? Well, it would be a lot like parenting a kid with ADHD. Or really any high-energy kid. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright talk parenting tips, how they deal with…

DIE HARD and the Art of Couples Reconciliation 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Die Hard isn’t just the greatest Christmas movie, or one of the greatest action movies, it’s also an amazing example of overcoming marital problems. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright talk about some of the things John McClane and Holly Gennaro (McClane?) get wrong, things they get right, and how…

Therapist Reacts to THE GRINCH (1966) 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. How the Grinch Stole Christmas isn’t just a classic Christmas story – it’s a tale of someone learning to understand and love people who are different from him. Something we could all stand to get better at. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright walk us through the Grinch’s change of…

Therapist Reacts to KNIVES OUT 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Every family has their issues. But some families… well, some families are the Thrombeys. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker talks about what makes the Thrombey family so dysfunctional, and filmmaker Alan Seawright talks about why that (among other things) makes Knives Out so fantastic! This whodunnit – with Rian Johnson’s masterful storytelling, Daniel…

LITTLE WOMEN and Healthy Family Relationships 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. What does a healthy family look like? The March family of LITTLE WOMEN definitely qualifies! Jury is still out on the Seawrights. This week, licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and unlicensed filmmaker Alan Seawright are joined by writer/producer Megan Seawright, who probably also needs therapy, because she married Alan. And only a crazy…

Therapist Reacts to PARANOIA in THE THING 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Licensed Therapist Jonathan Decker was forced (by filmmaker Alan Seawright) to watch John Carpenter’s The Thing. We kinda struggled for a minute to find something positive and uplifting in this nihilistic tale of distrust and body horror, but eventually we got there. Because we’re experts. Don’t try this at home. But do…

SERENITY and the Power of Belief 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. How powerful is belief? Strong enough to make you fight for the causes you believe in? Strong enough to help you protect those you love? Even strong enough to make you stand up to zealot assassins or fight space zombies? For Malcolm Reynolds, yes. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright…

SERENITY and Coping with Trauma 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. What happens when you’re kidnapped from your family, tortured, and conditioned into being an assassin? You get River Tam. And also Alan, apparently. Therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright discuss what we can learn about coping with trauma from Summer Glau’s character River in Serenity and Firefly. They break down some…

ARAGORN vs. Toxic Masculinity 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Aragorn is a king among men. Like, literally. Can you think of a manlier man? But he’s also kind, affectionate, humble. If you’ve been on the internet ever, you’ve probably heard the term "toxic masculinity" (and the arguments that inevitably ensue). Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker talks about what this term means, and…

Relationship Expert reacts to RED FLAGS in TWILIGHT 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. In part 2 of our… takedown? of Twilight, we investigate: Is Edward a pedophile? Or merely an abusive, controlling, manipulative stalker? In case you couldn’t tell, we don’t much like this guy. Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker, and unlicensed filmmaker Alan Seawright dig in to the 2007 megablockbuster TWILIGHT to figure out whether…

Relationship Therapist cringes at DATING in TWILIGHT 0 (0)

From Cinema Therapy. Are Bella and Edward the cutest couple in cinematic history? Or a teenage, train-wreck, cautionary tale? Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker, and unlicensed filmmaker Alan Seawright dig in to the 2007 megablockbuster TWILIGHT to figure out whether you should emulate Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, move to Forks, Washington, or just buy a…