As a kid, Bam Margera wanted nothing more than to be a successful professional skateboarder. And through the love and support of his family, he accomplished that goal. However, when he started to gain more mainstream success by joining the television series Jackass, his relationship with his family, especially with his mother April, began to change. His parents became the targets of many of his pranks, and Bam was rewarded with movie deals and even his own television series.
But years of family torment, added together with a thirst for alcohol have put Bam at a crossroads. Not only has he done major damage to his family, but he continues to damage himself by way of drugs and alcohol. Because of his dangerous and unhealthy lifestyle, April has watched Bam morph into someone she doesn't even recognize, and if things don't change soon, her son could die.
Even though Briana and Brittany DeJesus are sisters, they couldn't be any more different. Both were featured on the television series 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom 3. But while Briana gave birth to her daughter, Nova, Brittany decided to have an abortion. That decision was a turning point for their family. Both sisters live together with their mother Roxanne and with Nova. However, they don't hang out, and they hardly speak. Nova is the single tie that bonds them.
When the sisters try to communicate, they often end up fighting, with Brittany taking an angry and aggressive stance to the point where she can be mean and hurtful, while Briana shuts down and simply ignores Brittany's existence. This troubled pair needs to work on how they treat one another. If things don't get fixed, young Nova may model her own behavior after the dysfunction in which she is being raised.
Mother and Father to movie star Lindsay Lohan, Dina and Michael Lohan have lived a life under the watchful eye of the paparazzi, with their personal lives and those of their children, having played out in tabloid headlines. After years of struggling to make their marriage work, they both realized it was futile. For Dina and Michael, emotional and physical abuse, drugs and alcohol, and even prison were just too much to overcome.
Now, years after going their separate ways, they still need help. But these days, it's for the good of the 4 children they share. Dina and Michael don't see eye to eye when it comes to the past, and they continue to let their own anger interfere with their ability to co-parent. The one thing they can agree on is that they need professional help. Without it, their individual relationships with their children may be irreparable.
Dr. Conte will be joining Dr. Jenn in helping guide these famous families to healthier interactions. He is a mental health professional and speaker who specializes in anger management.
Dr. Conte is the creator of Yield Theory, a powerful approach to combining radical compassion with conscious education in order to treat anger issues. He currently applies this method in training sports teams and in prisons working with inmates.
Dr. Conte has written several books including Life Lessons, Zen Parent Zen Child, and The Anger Management Workbook. He was also the host of Coaching Bad on Spike TV where he worked with NFL star Ray Lewis to rehabilitate coaches with anger management problems.
Dr. Jenn Mann, a well-known marriage and family therapist, author, speaker, and radio host, is the therapist for the families on VH1's Family Therapy With Dr. Jenn.
Dr. Jenn is the host and lead therapist of VH1's hit series Couples Therapy With Dr. Jenn, which recently just completed its 6th season. In addition, she is also host of the popular call-in advice program The Dr. Jenn Show on Sirius XM, which is heard nightly. She is the author of three bestselling books: SuperBaby: 12 Ways To Give Your Child A Head Start In The First 3 Years, The A To Z Guide To Raising Happy Confident Kids, and Rockin' Babies; Dr. Jenn has a new book about relationships on the way.
People come to see Dr. Jenn in her private practice for a variety of reasons such as: relationship issues, parenting, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and sexual abuse. She also works with performers and entertainment professionals dealing with creativity and performance issues. Dr. Jenn also created the popular weight loss app "No More Diets" which is currently available on iPhone & iPad.
Music, movie, and fashion entrepreneur Damon Dash rose to prominence with partner Jay-Z when they formed the music label Roc-a-fella Records and fashion label Rocawear. But Damon's success has not always been met with enthusiasm from his family. In fact, his relationships with his older brother Bobby, and younger brother Jeremy, have become so toxic that he rarely speaks to either of them.
The sibling rivalry can be traced back to the brothers having had very different relationships with their father growing up. This volatile trio recognizes they need help, but until they can learn to respect one another, the Dash brothers will continue to grow further and further apart. At this stage of their relationship, they haven't spoken in months, and they risk never speaking again.
Kami Storck is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Sacramento, California. She is the founder of Soul Legacy Therapy, a practice that focuses on helping individuals and couples take their relationships, careers and lives to the next level. Kami conducts workshops, retreats and speaks to couples struggling with communication, intimacy and connection in their relationships.
In addition, Kami provides intensive coaching to small business owners to increase their successes, both personally and professionally. Married to a firefighter, Kami also works as an advocate for first responders to lessen the impact of their careers on their intimate relationships.
With a Bachelors Of Science in Social Welfare and a Masters In Science in Clinical Psychology, Rachel Clark has been working to help others for the past 14 years. In her own practice, she works with children, teens, and families in their homes, schools, and even in foreign countries around the world. She specializes in couples therapy, and implements her counseling techniques through life coaching and motivational speaking.
Rachel is founder of the non-profit program "Breaking The Chains" which utilizes therapy, mentorship, and community outreach to help people live out healthy and purposeful lives. Rachel has been featured on past seasons of the television series VH1's Couples Therapy With Dr. Jenn.
Tiffany Pollard has starred in numerous television series including Flavor Of Love and I Love New York, often using outlandish behavior to get what she wants. But the self-proclaimed HBIC (Head Bitch In Charge) isn't without her own personal demons. Her relationship with her mother has been rocky at best. Despite being a grown woman, Tiffany's mother Sister Patterson still treats her like a child. And moving across the country has done nothing to weaken Sister Patterson's stronghold on Tiffany's life.
Sister Patterson believes as a mother, it is her right to boss around her daughter. She is resistant to therapy, and doesn't believe there is a problem with how she treats Tiffany. This mother/daughter dynamic isn't normal. If they don't find a mutual respect for one another, Tiffany will remain a child forever, and their mother/daughter bond will forever be broken.
Umeko Allen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Long Beach, CA. She has years of experience treating at-risk children, adolescents, and their families at a local community mental health agency. She currently works with couples and individuals in her private practice.
Umeko specializes in issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and crisis intervention. She has also trained to become a yoga teacher and is developing ways to incorporate aspects of yoga into her therapeutic work, providing a holistic path to enhance her clients' quality of life.