Prince Harry: Psychologist discusses Dr Hilary's therapy comments
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Prince Harry has been defended by TV psychologist Emma Kennedy after Dr Hilary suggested the Duke of Sussex had become too focused on his “victimhood”. The Duke recently discussed his struggle with public pressure as a leading member of the Royal Family. TV therapist Emma Kennedy told talkRadio: “I think what’s being said if I’m being really honest, is a kind of snipe at what people are suggesting is self-indulgence.
“They’re using this idea that therapy can create an ego-centric, self-indulgent human being and they’re projecting that into this situation.”
She also added: “Maybe it’s more that we just don’t want to hear his story as opposed to there being something wrong with him telling his story.”
Dr Hilary told Good Morning Britain recent claims of Prince Harry receiving too much therapy had rung true with him.
He told hosts Susannah Reid and Adil Ray that too much therapy leaves a risk of becoming “totally focused on your own victimhood”.
The debate was fuelled by comments made earlier this week by an NHS psychiatrist to the Daily Mail.
Dr Max Pemberton suggested that Prince Harry was over-analysing his troubles and was beginning to develop unbecoming characteristics.
“While a bit of self-obsession is acceptable inside a therapist’s office, it is unbecoming in public,” he said, “Especially from someone who has – and continues to have – a life of almost unparalleled luxury and privilege.”
These claims have been countered by Emma Kennedy, who told radio host Mark Dolan “I wouldn’t say it’s possible to have too much therapy.
“I think when you’re a practitioner you should work with a client towards an exit, when you’ve gone through the issues that they’ve gone through and created the boundaries that they need.”
The Duke of Sussex has recently launched the trailer for his new project with Oprah Winfrey, which examines emotional and mental well-being across the world.
Prince Harry will feature in the Apple+ series and is both a co-creator and executive producer. The docuseries also features several celebrity guests, including Lady Gaga and Glenn Close.
Clips from the trailer show Prince Harry candidly discussing his own mental health journey and includes footage from the funeral of his mother, Princess Diana.
In a statement to announce the release of the series, Prince Harry said “We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human.
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This is one of several new ventures for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that will promote mental health.
Prince Harry has recently been announced as Chief Impact Officer for the Silicon Valley tech startup BetterUp that champions emotional and professional growth.
For this role, he will advocate on topics related to mental health and be involved in key strategic decisions for the company.
Last week, Prince Harry appeared on Dax Sheppard’s podcast Armchair Expert to discuss his mental health and the impact of his childhood.
The Duke and Duchess have also launched Archewell, their own non-profit organisation that will champion diversity, compassion, and mental health.
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