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The thirteen-part series created by Aysha Productions Inc. explores relationships of four real-life couples in crisis, going through Couples Therapy.
With over half of all marriages ending in divorce, making relationships work is obviously no piece of cake. LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH, a gripping documentary series first featured across Canada on the Life Network in 2002, explored, in thirteen half-hour episodes, the relationships of four remarkable, though dissimilar, couples as they actively participated in intense 'Couples' Counselling.
LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH captured the dramatic nature of real, on-going 'couples therapy' sessions conducted by Toronto-area psychotherapist Dorothy Ratusny, as well as illuminating events in the four couples' day-to-day lives. Each of the profiled couples: Robin & Andrew; Abena & Sipho; Jenn & Drew; and Xyb & Fred; is determined to stay together - as evidenced by their willingness to go through therapy - but each must face major questions and challenges in the process.
The television series, produced and directed by Sun-Kyung Yi and John Haslett Cuff of Toronto-based Aysha Productions, revealed the unfolding drama of couples trying to overcome unresolved issues that threaten their relationships. Through the candid therapy sessions and the unrestricted access to their private lives that the subjects have given the filmmakers, viewers experienced the ups and downs, and the stresses and joys, of the couples, as they navigate their way through these troubled, uncharted waters.
Psychotherapist Dorothy Ratusny explains that, in her counselling sessions, each person is encouraged to examine and understand his or her own behavior as a way to begin improving the relationship. "Cognitive therapy teaches couples how to examine their own thoughts, feelings and behavior, as well as the expectations and misinterpretations that typically lead to conflict. Although love is a powerful impetus for couples to help and support each other, and to grow in their relationship together, there are several qualities, such as trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, self-responsibility and sensitivity, which are crucial for a healthy relationship.