With all the talk recently about superheroes not getting married because they aren't meant to have happy personal lives, there are lots of superheroes who could probably use a good therapist. A new web series called Hero Therapy actually offers analysis of well-known comic book and movie heroes by clinical psychologist Dr. Larry Lewis.
The series is produced by Pat Kilbane (Mad TV) and Melissa McQueen (The New In Living Color) for their YouTube channel Dorks of Yore. “Melissa and I are best known for our comedy,” Kilbane says, “but Hero Therapy takes its subject matter very seriously. We are strictly behind the scenes on this one.” Each 3-4 minute episode features Dr. Lewis addressing the camera directly, giving his working impressions of that week’s clinical subject – a fictional hero from comic books or movies.
Lewis has decades of experience treating psychological trauma and addiction, and he has worked with world-class athletes and high-profile celebrities. “The insight he gives just blows me away,” McQueen says. “It makes me look at these heroes and their stories completely differently.”
“Heroes are archetypes for our own life challenges,” says Kilbane, “so learning more about Peter Parker, you can’t help but learn something more about yourself.”