Friday, February 27, 2009

Praise for Psychotherapy


"I've seen psychiatrists in my time, so songwriting hasn't always worked. It's not a bad idea to have someone to talk to." ~ Sir Paul McCartney

"Counselling saved Bill and me." ~ Hillary Clinton

"Talk therapy and antidepressants jump-started me out of my blackness." ~ Sheryl Crow

"Talking matters." ~ George Stephanopoulos

"I love being in therapy. It's just constantly fulfilling for me. " ~ Jennifer Jason Leigh

"You know, I think that going into therapy is a very positive thing, and talking about it is really helpful, because the more you talk the more your fears fade, because you get it out. " ~ Fran Drescher

"Therapy saved my life. It was either therapy or die. "    ~ Mickey Rourke

“I’m big on therapy." ~ Eva Mendes

"I know a lot of people think therapy is about sitting around staring at your own navel - but it's staring at your own navel with a goal. And the goal is to one day to see the world in a better way and treat your loved ones with more kindness and have more to give." ~ Hugh Laurie 

"I've been in group therapy. I'm always keeping my mental health in check." ~ Halle Berry. 

"I was almost 50 before I felt able to face the things that lay at the heart of my [troubles], but all the therapy I've had subsequently has been of help." ~ Joan Baez

"My dreams are pretty vivid. I talk about them in therapy." ~ Robin Williams




29 comments:

OHN said...

Therapists rock :)

Dr. Deb said...

I agree, but then again, I'm biased.

Leesa said...

You know, therapists are like auto mechanics. When you find a good one, you treasure the relationship.

~Deb said...

To tell you the truth, I think every single person on this planet needs therapy - and I mean that in a positive & constructive way - not to mock. I don't know what I would do without it.

Kahless said...

I reckon it must be great to counsel Robin Williams!

Marj aka Thriver said...

Great quotes!

Rose said...

If people open their minds to theraphy I do feel it could be helpful.But too many African Americans are so leery of counsel, for so many reasons.

traci said...

Therapy is good. I really need to get back to it.

Sid said...

I disagree about psychotherapy, but then again...all the quotes are from celebrities that can afford the best treatment. They aren't on Medicaid or Medicare and getting stuck with the bottom of the barrel. My own experience has been less than stellar and definitely nothing to write praise about.

Casdok said...

Blogging can be good therapy to!

Becca said...

I'd agree.
It has saved me from losing perspective (and then my way) oh-so many times.

jumpinginpuddles said...

i think most therapists are great but some are downright dangerous also

kath said...

Funny

After my coworker reduced me to tears on friday...she said I need therapy. She said she had it and no longer feels stress or guilt of any kind. She sure seems not to.. she thinks of herself first at all times.

I think it is denial.I know about denial. I held back tears for 3 years. Whatever. I think that when the world is coming down around ones ears, they are bound to feel a bit stressed.

Therapy is a great thing ...

I think YOU rock Deb... not because you are a therapist, but because you are you. Kind, good sense of humor, and more.

I tried therapy. One therapist wanted to pray. One kept telling me I was married ( which I was aware of) and it was impossible for me to feel that way about another person)

Once I took two of my kids, and the nightmare that ensued was ... well lets say the therapist was let go.

I think I'll pass, but... Leesa is no doubt right...

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more.

Therapy has been the most transformational experience for me. It helped me develop the tools I never had in childhood - tools to love and be loved - to not let anxiety get in the way of achievement and to bring down the volume on negative tapes going on in my head.

I'm sad to say that last year someone used knowledge of my going to therapy as a tool to stop me from getting a promotion. I was stunned. I had no idea that people still did things like that. As a manager I am very sensitive to advocate against such discrimination.

-- ellen

Dr. Deb said...

It's true, therapy isn't for everyone. And it is true that there can be bad therapists out there (I always shudder when I hear someone tell about a bad experience).

I always wish that psychotherapy will be meaningful and helpful to any who enter into it.

Deb S. said...

You couldn't ask for better testimonials. :-)

STAG said...

Then there was the case of Marylin Monroe. I don't think her therapist ended up looking too good, he seemed more interested in writing a paper on the girl than helping her.

I always thought highly successful celebrities got therapy in much the same way they got a new car or a face lift...and for not much better reason. I suspect that for most of them, that therapy is just fashionable...and like a new necklace, the more expensive the better.

Of course maybe thats why they are successful. But my experience is like Sid's so I would not bet on it.

I like the comment about auto mechanics...I think therapists vary in their interest, skill level, and committment, same as auto mechanics. Hard to be human sometimes....grin!

Laura said...

Thanks for that post, Dr. Deb! I'm a biased psychotherapist, too. I think everyone needs therapy, even therapists! I especially like Hugh Laurie's quote.

Wellness Writer said...

I'm back in therapy after a 20- year hiatus, so I'd have to agree!

Susan

jenji said...

What? No Dick Cheney quote?

Odd.

jenji

S'onnie said...

I think there are some great therapists out there its just unfortunate that the one we hear about are the not so great ones which make people worried about seeing therapists

Ian Lidster said...

I spent a year in therapy on a weekly basis back in 1997 and it was worth every cent I spent on it.

Wanda's Wings said...

It saved my life. So what can I say.

Bee Repartee said...

I think that people view "therapy" in different degrees only because therapy falls under a broad definition. I'm not fond of talking to a professional however, I need my friends and support around me when things become overwhelming. Talking does count.

I recently (last year) heard a podcast from Scientific American that reported of a university in NY (Buffalo?) that conducted a study of grief counseling. The study revealed that talking about the incident or grief was counterproductive. I found the study fascinating.

I'll try to dig up the link, if there is one...

Long story short, I solidly adhere to the notion that therapy depends on an individuals definition of "therapy", the level of personal support, and willingness to be open. All in all? Bad for some, good for others. How is that for diplomatic? :)

Bee Repartee said...

Here is that link:

http://tinyurl.com/ao7r97

Dr. Deb said...

Bee,
Therapy is definitely not for everyone. And I, too, can be middle of the road and diplomatic with that notion. I have seen treatment work wonders, help reduce symptoms and bring great meaning to one's life, but I have also witnessed other cases where issues did not improve and therapy was not truly helpful.

Thanks for the link so others can read that article. I read it when the press release came out.

therapydoc said...

Where do I get these clients? Actually, the famous people I've seen have always used their insurance list of providers.

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

I think therapy is the best, doesn't matter how you get it. A good therapist, be it a professional or a spiritual healer, I've found both have helped me emmensly. I may slip now and then, but always come back to the wise words they told me.

The Real Gal said...

Thanks for posting this Dr. Deb!