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Has Therapy Ever Helped You Through a Tough Time?

Jennifer Garner currently plays the role of happy wife and mom, but she tells Parade that her love life hasn't always been that seamless. Speaking about her previous divorce from Scott Foley, Jennifer said:

"It was a huge heartbreak for me to have something fail like that. I knew that this was either an opportunity for growth or I would sink. 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."

It sounds like therapy helped her reach a healthy turning point in her life. Can you relate?

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Lyv Lyv 6 years
Yeah, for about a year. IMO - therapy is awesome, but you have to find someone who's right for you. Like, my therapist, she was really old and a little judgmental. But even though she wasn't great, just saying things out loud helped me see so much and accomplish so much. I started coming out of a long period of depression just months after therapy began, it can't have been coincidence. I stopped seeing her when I felt the most overwhelming issues were gone but I really want to start again with a better professional who I can trust to talk deeper, more crucial stuff with.
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
I saw a therapist a few years ago. The doctor was very nice and friendly, but I felt she only gave me platitudes the entire session... Don't get me wrong, she gave me good advice, but I didn't feel it would help me at all, I already knew everything she was saying... I never returned.But in a way it did help me, because after that I decided to get better on my own, since I became sure it was the way to go... If I hadn't tried therapy I would probably have always wondered if I should, what was important for me was to take a first step.
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
I saw a therapist a few years ago. The doctor was very nice and friendly, but I felt she only gave me platitudes the entire session... Don't get me wrong, she gave me good advice, but I didn't feel it would help me at all, I already knew everything she was saying... I never returned. But in a way it did help me, because after that I decided to get better on my own, since I became sure it was the way to go... If I hadn't tried therapy I would probably have always wondered if I should, what was important for me was to take a first step.
medenginer medenginer 6 years
Yes. I have had a lot of major life events that needed attention and it helped.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
The first time I went to therapy, it didn't help much and stuff I did on my own time, helped a lot more.However, the second time I went to therapy (having a stressful year and massive roommate problems, combined with never getting time alone with my boyfriend and MY only time alone was when my roommate was sleeping, so I couldn't do things I wanted to do) it helped. Though, I didn't go to the therapist until the end of that year, so I'm not sure how much it helped ultimately. lol
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
The first time I went to therapy, it didn't help much and stuff I did on my own time, helped a lot more. However, the second time I went to therapy (having a stressful year and massive roommate problems, combined with never getting time alone with my boyfriend and MY only time alone was when my roommate was sleeping, so I couldn't do things I wanted to do) it helped. Though, I didn't go to the therapist until the end of that year, so I'm not sure how much it helped ultimately. lol
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
Yes, and it was enormously helpful.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 6 years
Like karlotta, I started going when my mom got sick & after her death. I've been going on on & off ever since.
partysugar partysugar 6 years
Yes and I continue to see my therapist!
karlotta karlotta 6 years
I don't think I would have survived my dad's illness and death if I hadn't had my shrink to accompany me through it all.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I have never been to therapy, but I think it can be really helpful. The only traumatic thing that has happened to me has been my father's death, and even though I had a dark period I was able to move on and live a healthy life.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Yes, I have gone and it has helped me through some major difficult times that I don't want to get into again but I would say it has been the major thing that has inspired me to become a therapist myself. To try and help others as I was helped.
Veka Veka 6 years
There are quite a few people who refuse or don't want to go, but in the end it will typically prove helpful, although there are always exceptions to the rule. I've gone twice; once when I was going through my breakup with my ex 2 years ago, and the second time when I was attacked by a stranger at my home. Therapy is useful for those who are willing to get help.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
No I have never been to therapy but there have been times when I was younger that I probably needed to go. 5 years ago when I was 14, five people I really cared about passed away. One was my 25yr old cousin who I was really close to, when he committed suicide I had a breakdown and my parents wanted to send me to see a therapist but I refused to go. Looking back I should have gone.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
geez, you can hardly even tell who she is! Doesn't really look like Jennifer Garner. More on topic .... honestly? I saw two different therapists over a 3-4 month period in high school, and I can say it was one of the worst, most useless experiences of my life. I got absolutely no emotional relief or help from either woman. One seemed uninterested, and the other literally told me (in therapy because of my eating disorder) that I "should be smarter then this ... just eat something and you'll be fine." I walked out her office and never went back.I know my experience is the exception, rather then the norm, but I lost all faith in therapy that day and have no use for it at all.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
geez, you can hardly even tell who she is! Doesn't really look like Jennifer Garner. More on topic .... honestly? I saw two different therapists over a 3-4 month period in high school, and I can say it was one of the worst, most useless experiences of my life. I got absolutely no emotional relief or help from either woman. One seemed uninterested, and the other literally told me (in therapy because of my eating disorder) that I "should be smarter then this ... just eat something and you'll be fine." I walked out her office and never went back. I know my experience is the exception, rather then the norm, but I lost all faith in therapy that day and have no use for it at all.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
unrelated to the poll.... what the heck happened to her face? chill on the Photoshop, people!
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