Celebs Who Have Gone To Therapy
There’s nothing wrong with seeking professional help to talk and work through personal issues and these public figures have proven that by going public about their time in therapy.
Actress Halle Berry grew up in an unstable household. Her father was an alcoholic who turned abusive when he drank. Her mother realized the “Monster’s Ball” star needed an outlet to discuss what was going on at home and a 10-year-old Berry started seeing a therapist. “My father was an alcoholic and a very abusive one, and my mother knew the value of providing me with the outlet of an unbiased person to talk to, so I’ve done that all my life when times get stressful. It really helps me deal with stuff,” she said.
Before she became a bonafide star, country singer Sheryl Crow was a struggling artist who was battling crippling depression. Crow opened up about the dark period she went through in her 20’s and how she eventually was able to cope with some professional help. “Antidepressants helped and so did therapy, but depression is a chemical thing that some people go through,” the “Soak Up the Sun” singer said in an interview with the “Daily Mail.” “It’s always been part of my life.”
Along with the rest of her family, Kourtney Kardashian has put her personal life on display for the cameras to film. So viewers have witnessed the ups and downs of her relationship with partner Scott Disick. The oldest Kardashian has revealed that they have attended couples therapy. “I think [counseling] is really important and we always love going and feel so much better after,” she told “People” magazine. “I think everyone should go. People are like, ‘It’s so expensive and this or that,’ but that’s more important than buying clothes or a handbag or shoes. It’s your life.”
Therapy doesn’t always work for everybody. Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most sought after and well-liked actresses in Hollywood but the “American Hustle” star wasn’t always so receptive of all of the attention. A young Lawrence was an active and curious child but she also suffered from social anxiety. She even sought help from a therapist but even that didn’t work. Luckily, she was bit by the acting bug and that helped her open up and blossom in front of others.
Life in the spotlight can be pretty tough for any celebrity. Add in juggling a household filled with four children plus being married to an international athlete and sex symbol. When “Vogue UK” asked Victoria Beckham if she had ever used therapy, the former Spice Girl had no problem coming clean: “Haven’t most people at some time or other? I don’t know if I’m balanced or deluded. I don’t mean about David – him, I trust completely because we’re both such talkers – but I’m quite spiritual. I’d rather turn anger into energy.”
Catherine Zeta Jones
Even though 1 in 5 Americans suffer from mental illness, only 38 % receive medical attention and even fewer open up about it. Catherine Zeta Jones was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder in 2011 and has checked into a medical facility twice for help. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it,” Zeta-Jones said to “People” magazine. “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”
Actress Gwenyth Paltrow may be one of the most despised women in Hollywood but she made a decision regarding her mental health that should be commended. Following the birth of her son, the “A Perfect Murder” star suffered from postpartum depression. At the urging of her husband Chris Martin, she sought professional help. “The hardest part for me was acknowledging the problem,” Paltrow said in an interview with “Good Housekeeping.” “I think it’s so important for women to talk about.”
Most people begin seeing a therapist as an adult but some start off much younger. Lena Dunham is one of them. The “Girls” star and creator began seeing a therapist at the age of seven. While she hasn’t disclosed the exact reason behind the decision to speak to a professional at such a young age, Dunham has made it her mission to destigmatize going to therapy through her work, especially with the characters on the HBO show she created.
In 2005, Brooke Shields thought she was helping other women by speaking up about her battle with postpartum depression. The “Suddenly Susan” star received professional treatment and was prescribed the medication Paxil. But Tom Cruise had a problem with Shields speaking out and condemned the star for using and advocating the antidepressant. Shields has stood by her decision and urged others who were suffering from depression to seek professional help.
In 1999, Emma Thompson was elated to welcome her first child into the world but wanting to add to her family, the British star had trouble conceiving again. Following a series of unsuccessful in-vitro fertilization procedures, Thompson slipped into a deep depression. Seeking help, Thompson saw a therapist once a week. The “Much Ado About Nothing” star and her husband eventually adopted a Rwandan orphan who was a child soldier.
Elton John had a lot of issues to deal with. In addition to drugs and alcohol problems, the “Bennie and the Jets” singer was also bulimic. After trying to get it together by himself and failing, the U.K. star finally decided it was time to get some professional help. “It took me 16 years to actually have the humility to say, ‘I need help,’” John revealed during an interview with CNN. “And as soon as I said those words, I knew I was going to get better.”
J.K. Rowling is one of the most successful authors of all time but before her “Harry Potter” series came along and changed her life, the British writer was diagnosed with clinical depression. An unemployed single mother with no means of financial support in sight, Rowling decided to get some professional help, something she had to do again after her career took off. “I had to do it [therapy] again when my life was changing so suddenly — and it really helped,” Rowling said to the “Daily Mail.” “I’m a big fan of it, it helped me a lot.”
People can benefit from professional help even without being diagnosed with a mental illness. Actress Jennifer Garner was beyond devastated when her first marriage ended in divorce. Unable to move on, the “Daredevil” star sought help from therapist. “It’s easy when you’re hurt and angry to just say, “Oh, it’s them.” But I had to come into my own,” garner told “Parade” magazine. “I thought, “Why did this relationship not work? What part of the failure is my responsibility?” So I went to work on it. I started therapy.”