Kasey Kahl hopes to clear the air about some of the misconceptions people have of him following his appearances on the reality competition programs "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor Pad."
He'll try to do that through yet another reality show. Kahl and former "Bachelor" contestant Vienna Girardi are on the new VH1 series "Couples Therapy," which starts Wednesday night.
The cable show, from the producers of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," will get into the heads of buzzed-about couples to see if their relationships are worth saving. Dr. Jenn Berman, a relationship therapist, puts five couples -- Kahl and Girardi, Angelina Pivarnick and Chris Nirschel, DMX and Tashera Simmons, Linda Hogan and Charlie Hill, Reichen Lehmkuhl and Rodiney Santiago -- through 21 days of therapy as cameras roll.
Kahl and Girardi lived together in Los Angeles when they appeared on "The Bachelor Pad," but after the show Girardi moved back to Florida and Kahl returned to live in both Clovis and Bakersfield. He originally turned down the therapy show, but he decided to use it to give his relationship with Girardi one more chance.
"The 'Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor Pad' were fun but the way they edited the program exploited us for ratings. It wasn't worth it because it ruined our relationship. Vienna was made out to be the villain and I had to defend her. America was very hard on me after that," Kahl says.
Kahl agreed to do the new show because he had access to top relationship counselors and therapists, which gave him and Girardi the best chance of a reconciliation.
He can't talk about how the show ends, but he feels like a better person for having gone through the therapy.
"This show is going to be a real tearjerker. I faced a lot of stuff from my childhood that had made me feel like I wasn't good enough. I was initially reluctant to open up about it on national television, but it ended up being one of the most intense and redeeming things I have ever done. It taught me a lot about myself," Kahl says.
Kahl's reason for being on "Couples Therapy" was to find emotional growth, but he learned Girardi's motives were more financially driven. He's OK with that because he came to understand why he had fallen so helplessly in love with her and Ali Fedotowsky in the sixth edition of the ABC series "The Bachelorette."
Those insights have made him better able to deal with those who have negative preconceived notions about him.
"I don't care anymore," he says. "I now know I am good enough."
Couples Therapy, 9 p.m. Wednesday, VH1