Keeping Up with the Kardashians is a reality television show that follows the lives of the Kardashian family. Four of the children on the show are children of the late Robert Kardashian, attorney to O.J. Simpson during his infamous murder trial. The show follows the lives of three sisters—Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe—and their everyday struggles with work and family life. Additionally, the show chronicles the relationship between Kris and Bruce Jenner. Kris is the ex-wife of Robert Kardashian and mother to all the children on the show. Finally, the show also gives snippets of how normal and abnormal the lives are of the two youngest daughters—Kylie and Kendall—who are still in high school but also are beginning modeling and acting careers.

This past Sunday the episode began with a therapy session among Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Rob, and their mother, Kris. The therapy session involved some serious issues of sibling rivalry because the other children felt their mother favored Kim over everyone else. Additionally, Robert thought his mother only cared about helping his sisters’ careers and not his career.  Several websites, such as Eonline.com and Gossipcop.com, have addressed Rob’s crying during the episode. However, none have addressed the ability to air sessions with a licensed therapist on television and the stars’ rights to keep some of the information private even though they have signed agreements to have any recording they participate in as part of their show. This practice seems to have become more common with reality television shows involving families, such as the Kardashians, or shows about individuals struggling with addictions, such as Intervention. More than likely anyone participating in such a gathering has signed a consent form to have their session recorded and later shown on television. However, therapy is meant to be a private matter and doctor-patient confidentiality is treated with the utmost respect in the court system. Due to the sensitive and often volatile nature of therapy sessions information often comes out that the individuals do not want known to the public.  To my knowledge, no one to date has sued a television company for airing information gained in a therapy session but recorded on camera for the show. However, the date may not be far off when a reality star will decide to challenge the ability of the television company to show information recorded in therapy sessions.

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