6 Celebrities Who Advocate For Therapy

Step aside, therapy shamers.

Not only is seeking mental health help vital when it comes to treating mental health issues, it can drastically improve a person’s quality of life. Research shows talking to a therapist can positively rewire the brain. It can also can help you find purpose and better handle life’s stressors.

Despite all of the perks, there’s still a cloud of stigma surrounding mental health issues. And it’s that type of shame that often prevents people from even seeking out a therapist in the first place.

Thankfully, more people in the public eye are dismantling the misguided notion that therapy is something unsavory rather than something beneficial. Take a look at some of the celebrity quotes below on the power of seeing a mental health professional. They’re proof that the process is nothing to feel shame over:

Michelle Obama

In an interview with Prevention magazine in 2016, the former FLOTUS praised the power of seeking help ― especially for veterans who may be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I kept meeting service members and military spouses who were hesitant to ask for help because they thought they should be able to handle it themselves or that seeking help meant they were weak or broken,” she told Prevention. “But of course that couldn’t be further from the truth … Our service members, veterans and their families are some of the most courageous, resilient folks I have ever met, and asking for help is always a sign of strength.”

Kerry Washington

The “Scandal” star talked about seeing a therapist with Glamour magazine back in 2015. In the interview, which was also with Sarah Jessica Parker and Obama, she stressed that the reason she speaks out in the media about her mental health is because she feels it should be treated the same as physical health.

“I say that publicly because I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health,” she said. “My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”

Jon Hamm

Hamm discussed how mental health treatment helps him deal with life’s challenges, like his breakup with writer and director Jennifer Westfeldt, with InStyle magazine this year.

“Medical attention is medical attention whether it’s for your elbow or for your teeth or for your brain,” he told the publication. “And it’s important.”

He also stressed that seeing someone doesn’t make a person less than or fragile.

“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.”

Demi Lovato

Lovato has been forthcoming about her mental health for years ― and she says it’s shocking to her that others still think it’s something to be stigmatized. In an interview in February with HuffPost, she touted the perks of caring for your emotional wellbeing by seeing a professional.

“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.”

Brad Pitt

The actor revealed to GQ Style earlier this year that he started going to therapy following his divorce with Angelina Jolie. He also highlighted a major truth in the interview when it comes to seeking professional help: Sometimes it takes a bit of shopping around.

“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.”

Pitt also shared how the process helped him do a lot of inner reflection.

“I think I spent a lot of time avoiding feelings,” he said. “And now I have no time left for that.”

Brandon Marshall

Marshall, who co-founded the mental health organization Project 375, has previously discussed his experience with borderline personality disorder. In May, the NFL star talked with the Child Mind Institute about the importance of reaching out to a support system during low mental health points.

“It’s extremely important that every time something comes up, I reach out to someone and let someone in, no matter how hard it is or difficult it is to express those feelings,” he said.