TERMINATOR 2 and Difficult Parents

From Cinema Therapy. What do you do when you and your parent just don’t connect? When they’re critical, and you just want comfort? Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright talk about the relationship between Sarah Connor (the RIPPED Linda Hamilton) and her son John Connor (the intensely 90’s-haired Eddie Furlong) in Terminator 2.…

Therapist Reacts to Movie Therapist: GOOD WILL HUNTING

From Cinema Therapy. How does Robin Williams’ portrayal of a therapist measure up to what therapy is like in real life? Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright take a look at Good Will Hunting to talk about the portrayals of therapy and therapists in this film. (Hint: he’s Jonathan’s favorite movie therapist.) They…

Psychology of a Hero: CAPTAIN AMERICA

From Cinema Therapy. Steve Rogers’ Captain America is the moral compass of the MCU. He learns and grows, but never changes the things that make him the OG Cap. (We see you Sam Wilson) Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright talk about what it means to be a hero, to have integrity, to…

Villain Therapy: LOKI

From Cinema Therapy. Is Loki’s villainy the result of nature or nurture? He is the god of mischief, but he’s also got a lot of family problems… Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and filmmaker Alan Seawright explore Loki’s character arc in the MCU, from his adopted father Odin’s propensity to compare him to his brother Thor,…

What THE INCREDIBLES Got Right About Kids

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…