Mama June is “in communication” with her daughter Alana Thompson, and the rest of her family after she abandoned them to go get drunk with her troubled boyfriend Geno Doak. In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the family’s therapist, Dr. Ish Major, revealed that the family is “rebuilding trust” with Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, after years of estrangement.
Mama June, currently lives in Florida with Geno, while daughters Alana Thompson, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 20, and the rest of the family are working on the relationship from Georgia.
Dr. Ish told the Sun, “The family is being burned. We tried and never succeeded.” We poured resources, time, attention and affection on you, and none of it worked.” The family is like, “Listen, we’re done. We’re aggravated.” It’s a very complicated way to get back into the family”. Dr. Ish explained how family is “communicating” at a distance.
It went on: We love you, but we’ll love you from here.” The last thing I did with Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon was help her understand boundaries. If you can’t behave properly, if you can’t make better decisions for you and for us, then you can’t be a part of our lives.
The only way to say that is time. This is June earning her place in the family.”
Dr. Ish revealed that the family has scheduled Skype calls and other forms of communication planned to see if June will go ahead.
He added, “They’re rebuilding trust. That’s what you said you’ll do, let’s see if you can do it.” History says you won’t. If you do, then we can take the next step. This is how you work to get back into the family and we can trust each other again.”
Dr. Ish helped with the surgery in June last season and supported the family in their struggles.