People accumulate inner issues as they go through life. Whether they choose to suppress these issues or try to resolve them depends on the person. The better route to go is getting assistance for whatever is troubling you. Just ask Jay-Z, who sought therapy for his marriage. This list is comprised of the stars who sought therapy for the issues that were troubling them and bettered their lives.
Jennifer Garner Needed Understanding
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We know Jennifer Garner thanks to some of her prolific performances she has done over the years like her work in Pearl Harbor. Before she married actor Ben Affleck, she was in a few relationships that didn’t end very well. Garner sought therapy due to these relationship issues.
Garner spoke about therapy in a good light saying, “It’s easy when you’re hurt and angry to just say, ‘Oh, it’s them.’ But I had to come into my own. 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.”
J.K. Couldn’t Write Her Way Out
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The genius behind the Harry Potter series also attributes her mental wellness to therapy. J.K. Rowling gave us some of the most creative fiction pieces of our time, but her problems only became worse when her fame escalated. As her success climbed, so did her woes and she needed a way to break free.
She said, “You don’t expect the kind of problems that [fame] brings with it. I felt that I had to solve everyone’s problems. I was hit by this tsunami of demands. I felt overwhelmed. I had to do it [therapy] again when my life was changing so suddenly — and it really helped. I’m a big fan of it, it helped me a lot.”
No Objections Allowed
Therapy isn’t exclusive to individuals. As you may know, there is such a thing as couples therapy and some celebrity couples utilize this service to help with their relationship and also help themselves individually. Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden is just one couple who do this.
“I see a [therapist] in L.A. from time to time, when I’m feeling edgy or anxiety-ridden,” Cranston told Rolling Stone. “And my wife and I go to a couples therapist. Our agreement is, if either of us feels like we want to go, the other can’t object.”
This isn’t the last couple you’ll see. We still have to learn about Jay and Bey!
Catherine Encourages Other To Seek Help
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We are aware of the talent that is Catherine Zeta-Jones. However, some may not be aware that she underwent treatment in 2011 for Bipolar II Disorder. This involves a minimum of one episode of depression that lasts at least two weeks and a hypomanic episode that lasts a minimum of four days.
“If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it,” Zeta-Jones told People Magazine in 2011. “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.” You can’t argue with that.
A Blessing For Meagan
The beautiful and talented actress that is Meagan Good also isn’t above going to therapy. She hasn’t been in the limelight or a major successful film since 2015 (Think Like a Man Too) but that doesn’t mean her regular life duties are put on hold. She is busy being a loving wife and trying to live her best life with husband DeVon Franklin.
“[Therapy] was a tremendous blessing to our marriage,” she said. “It made us think and see each other’s baggage. What can you live with?” These are things that many married people should be seeking help for but just haven’t yet for whatever reason. Learn from the stars.
Kourtney Puts Importance On Her Life
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If you happen to keep up with the Kardashians then you know that sister Kourtney Kardashian is one of the more mellow ones of the bunch. She never seems to have any troubles and always keeps her calm. But when she was with Scott Disick, the two did seem to have some things to worry about.
“I think [therapy] is really important and we always love going and feel so much better after. I think everyone should go,” she said. “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.”
Now let’s learn what Jay-Z had to say about his experience.
Jay-Z Opens Up
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Many fans look up to Jay and Bey as one of the best celebrity relationships out there. They both have insane amounts of money, high success, and three children together. But things took a turn when Jay decided to creep with “Becky” which prompted albums from each party that spoke on the infidelity in the relationship.
Jay admitted to checking himself into therapy and revealed what the most precious things he learned was, “Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it.” The two are still together and plan to stick it out for the better.
Acknowledgement Was The Hardest
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You wouldn’t expect Gwenyth Paltrow to have to go to therapy but she did. She rarely makes headlines about anything remotely negative or drama-filled. No, she’s too busy playing alongside Robert Downey Jr. in Marvel films. However, after her pregnancy, she did need some therapeutic help.
In 2011, Paltrow said that she needed help for postpartum depression after she gave birth to her son in 2008 because her husband urged her to. “The hardest part for me was acknowledging the problem … I think it’s so important for women to talk about,” Paltrow told Good Housekeeping.
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She isn’t really here to help save the nation but Kerry Washington can help you save yourself if you listen to her advice. It may not be easy for stars to admit but they too have problems and it took a lot of courage for Washington to admit that and seek help for her issues.
“Learning how to love myself and my body is a lifelong process,” she said. “But I definitely don’t struggle the way I used to. Therapy helped me realize that maybe it’s okay for me to communicate my feelings. Instead of literally stuffing them down with food, maybe it’s okay for me to express myself.”
Someone Who Doesn’t Judge
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Katy Perry kissed a girl and she liked it. Her life doesn’t seem to be going that bad until you hear about how she had suicidal thoughts. How did she get over these thoughts you ask? Perry talked very highly about her therapy sessions emphasizing how important they are.
“I’ve been going to therapy for about five years and I think it has really helped my mental health incredibly,” she said. “And it’s a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you because I don’t think a lot of people have that. I encourage it.”
Up next is a guy women love but he says he needed to stop avoiding his feelings.
Brad Pitt Opens Up
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The rollercoaster ride of a relationship Brad Pitt had with Angelina Jolie was highly publicized. If it was a headache for media and regular people, imagine how it must have been for the two actually involved in it. Pitt revealed he went to therapy sessions to help aid what he was feeling.
“You know, I just started therapy,” Pitt said. “I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one. I think I spent a lot of time avoiding feelings. And now I have no time left for that.”
Jon Hamm Says Help Is Important
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There are many things that can force a person into needing therapeutic help. In Hollywood, a common reason that these stars need help has to do with relationship problems. For John Hamm, he discussed the importance of mental health treatment after his breakup with Jennifer Westfeldt.
“We live in a world where to admit anything negative about yourself is seen as a weakness when it’s actually a strength. It’s not a weak move to say, ‘I need help,’” he said. “In the long run, it’s way better because you have to fix it.”
Berry Can Thank Her Father
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Imagine growing up in a hostile environment caused by your parents, who you need to turn to for love and comfort. Halle Berry’s father made her childhood difficult, and so her mother suggested she talk to someone about it.
“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,” Berry said. “It really helps me deal with stuff.” Good thing her mother had her best interests at heart.
The Dempsey’s Hang On
Once the hottest doctor on television, Patrick Dempsey was close to splitting from his wife Jillian Dempsey. Dempsey aka “McDreamy” and his wife were in a rough patch and he called for a divorce, however, he felt all the work hadn’t been done yet. He said therapy played a very important role in helping patch things up.
“Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of,” Dempsey said. “I didn’t feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That’s where it started.”
Next, we’ll learn what it was like to be in the pursuit of happiness.
Cudi And Therapy
Music artist Kid Cudi is known for being extremely honest in his music. He is one of the most creative artists there is but if you listen to his music, you will know that he is troubled. His lyrics indicate that he copes with his pain with the green stuff that grows from the Earth but he has been open about his trips to therapy.
“I wouldn’t even go to a therapist or psychiatrist,” he said. “But I gave it a shot. It’s working for me but it’s not for everyone. I’ve got some [expletive] problems. [Laughs.] It’s good for me to talk to someone who helps me see things.”
Demi Lovato Thinks Everyone Should Try It
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We know Demi Lovato for her music but she is also a strong advocate for seeking help through therapy. Lovato has spoken publically about her mental health for years. She finds it surprising that people think that’s something to be stigmatized.
“The biggest surprise for me is how many people are afraid to talk about mental health,” she said. “Therapy is something everyone should try. I think that whether you have a mental health condition or not it’s good to talk to somebody ― especially someone who is a licensed professional.”
Clean It All Up
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A fan favorite from the show Friends, Jennifer Aniston was also in a relationship with a prior member of this list (Brad Pitt). Aniston illustrates how you don’t have to be diagnosed with an illness to seek therapy. It’s there for any type of help.
“Go to therapy, she started. “Clean up all of the [expletive]. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self… You can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel,” she told Glamour.
No Harm In Help
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have been in a relationship for decades. That’s a lot of time together and only the beginning if you plan on being with each other until death. There is no secret to how they have been able to establish such longevity in their relationship.
“We go to couples therapy,” Harris said. “Not that there’s anything wrong, but it’s nice to sort of just talk to someone who is a mediator. That’s helped our relationship.” They built the foundation of their relationship through talking things out together in therapy.
Matt Says It Should Be Free
Up and coming actor and star in How To Get Away From Murder, Matt McGorry believes that therapy is extremely valuable and that it should be available to anyone who needs it, without being a financial strain.
He said, “Therapy should be free for everyone, not just to those who can afford it. Therapy helped literally every aspect of my life.” Although McGorry’s beliefs may reflect many people’s, it, unfortunately, might be a while before everyone enjoys the benefits of therapy for free.
Pink Fights Nicer
Artist Pink and retired professional freestyle motocross racer Carey Hart handle their adult business the way it should probably be handled by everyone who has problems in their relationships. They have taken a couple of breaks in their relationship but now they’re stronger and better than ever.
“We fight nicer,” Pink told Redbook of the couple’s post-kids life. “There is no yelling in front of Willow, our daughter, ever. We can argue, just no yelling. We are couples-therapy people. We do it for maintenance, not problems.” If every couple adapted this mentality, things might be better in domestic lives around the world.