Look Who's Talking! Celebs On Their Experiences Of Therapy
31st July, 2010
You pretty much can’t pick up a gossip magazine these days without hearing about some celebrity going to (or being court mandated) to go to therapy. More often than not, it’s the result of some bad behaviour that’s got them busted. I am of course thinking about Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Sometimes it can come across to the casual observer as being pretty narcissistic, you might be thinking to yourself “Seriously…? You’re loaded with a huge mansion in Hollywood, what have you got to be depressed about?” But actually, the candid responses about being in therapy that some celebrities have gone on the record as saying can reveal something more profound. That everyone, no matter who they are or much successful they are can still struggle with what it means to be a person. And the interesting thing is celebrities are usually quite honest, even to the extend of being proud of it, about their therapeutic past. Here’s a mini round-up of what some celebs have said about their experiences of being in therapy -
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie on her cheating therapy: “I’ve been very honest with my husband from the get-go. I think women are beautiful, I’ve had a lot of fun with women, and I’m not ashamed of it. The problem is that I also love a well-endowed man. But just because I enjoy women doesn’t mean I’m allowed to have affairs in my relationship. I learned through talking with my therapist that it is still cheating even if it’s with girls, so there is a rule there.”
Shakira on her body hang ups: “All through my 20s I spent more time worrying what I didn’t have than thinking about what I did have. I wished I was taller, had longer legs, slimmer hips, a smaller bottom, even straighter hair. I’m just like all women – we’re born to criticise ourselves. Being in therapy has helped me so much with every aspect of my life, from body image to relationships. My therapist taught me why I behave in certain ways and not to feel so pressured. It’s incredibly liberating to spend an hour talking to someone and not caring about what you sound like.”
LaToya Jackson, told the world about her brother Michael’s kids Paris, 11, Prince 12, and Blanket, 7, being in therapy: “Prince just doesn’t want to speak about it. I do worry about him very much. While his sister Paris thinks and talks about her father all the time. She’s doing very well, writes a lot and she wears his shirts every day. They still smell of him and it helps her feel close to him.”
Denise Richards on her daughters – four-year-old Sam and three-year-old Lola – getting professional help to cope with the divorce of their parents: “My kids are in therapy. It’s very sad that they need to be there, but they do for now. On the other hand, it’s good they have an outlet to deal with their feelings and someone who is just their advocate. If I can help anyone feel better about their kids being in therapy – then something else good has come of this, too.”
R&B artist Chris Brown will undergo 52 hours of domestic violence counselling, part of his punishment for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown himself has said: “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”
Madonna (50) – notoriously controlling when it comes to relationships – has said to begun a course of intense counselling sessions to make her “less domineering” in love. The singer has been having one-on-one sessions with a leading rabbi at the Kabbalah centre in New York.
Actress Eva Mendes: “I’m big on therapy. I’ve always said that I love talking about therapy. Why wait until something goes terrible in your life to start fixing things?”
Courtney Cox has spoken openly about the work she puts into to keeping her marriage going: “We’ve done couples therapy in the past. We’re not lazy about our marriage”
John Stamos, one of the many handsome actors to grace the ER in ER decided to go into therapy to figure out why he was still a bachelor at the age of 46: “I’m taking a hiatus from work to focus on exactly why my romances always crumble.”
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