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Dear Poll: Are You Embarrassed About Being in Therapy?

I'm a huge advocate of therapy. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd suggest it for everyone. Having an unbiased mediator to vent your frustrations to really helps relieve some of the burden we all shoulder, yet some people shy away from talking about it. Yes, therapy automatically makes people think you're troubled or depressed, but happy people see therapists too; and there's nothing wrong with talking to someone about your feelings!

So ladies, if you are currently, or have ever been in therapy, tell me, were you embarrassed about it?

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lindac lindac 8 years
I go once a month. I don't see that there's anything to be embarrassed about.
Advah Advah 8 years
Whether you don't want to advertise it or not, I don't think there's any shame whatsoever in being in therapy! On the contrary, it means that you're responsible and taking care of yourself! I've never been in therapy, but I'm lucky I have a fantastic family and at least 4 fantastic friends who have been a tremendous help at times where I needed someone to talk to.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I am in therapy and have recommended it to friends. No shame in getting help, or just talking to someone. I talk openly about it and if someone asks questions I have no problems answering.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
It has been years since I had successful therapy sessions. Since I am now training to be a social worker I think it's pretty obvious it always failed was because I just can't accept help from other people. :p
Spectra Spectra 8 years
In my experience, it's the people that need therapy the most that criticize it the most. Seriously, probably the majority of the population can benefit from sharing their problems/feelings with an unbiased third party that can analyze your situation from an uninvolved perspective. I've been in therapy for an eating disorder/depression and I can honestly say it was one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I'm also not ashamed about it because it probably saved my life and my marriage.
luna08 luna08 8 years
ang1885, "They might not even know why they're going either. If you're thinking about going go!" that is so true. A lot of times we need to talk to someone just to figure out what's "off" for us at the moment. It can be an adjustment or a general tune-up.
ang1885 ang1885 8 years
Anyone that thinks it's weird needs to realize how the person feels about going. They might not even know why they're going either. I would recommended it to anyone. If you're thinking about going go!
lovelie lovelie 8 years
I've been to therapy before, after a very awful breakup. I still think it was probably what pulled me out of the hole I was digging for myself, and though I would not offer that piece of information out if it were unsolicited...I would certainly encourage a good friend going through a tough time to try it.
clareberrys clareberrys 8 years
I've been in therapy before and it helped me a great deal. I didn't broadcast it to the world, but my close friends and my boyfriend and family knew about it and it was NBD. It really helped me learn how to cope with my anxiety and find things that work for myself in terms of staying mentally healthy. I've recommended it to others as well. Of course, now I work with the mentally ill population and I am planning to become a therapist so I might be a tad biased!!!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Considering I always quote my therapist, no!
BCSJ22 BCSJ22 8 years
I'm in therapy, and not embarrassed to talk about it. I think it is healthy to have an objective listener. We all rely so much on family and friends and they are too biased in our favor in most cases, so to have someone that makes you think of a situation from all sides instead of just agreeing with whatever you say is incredibly important and helpful. I think everyone needs therapy.
mnp mnp 8 years
I wouldn't talk about it but if asked, I'd mention it. Therapy does wonders for you. Who doesn't like someone to listen to you and give you completely unbiased advice? There is still a stigma attached to it and you'll never know how people will take it.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I don't bring it up with people I'm not close to, but I consider it so healthy, I'm not ashamed. I go to the same therapist as one of my best friends, se we're pretty open. My family is really dysfunctional, but always had a healthy attitude about therapy. I constantly threaten to send my therapist bills to my dad! :)
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Therapy did wonders for me. I wont run around saying so, but if some one asks, or brings it up I have no problem telling them. It's nothing to hide or be ashamed of.
bbkf bbkf 8 years
I've never been in therapy, and I doubt I'd advertise it if I were.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I am so suspicious of therapists. I don't think I'd ever see one.
aeschere aeschere 8 years
i still feel there is a negative connotation and don't let anyone except my SO know that i go, when i do. i haven't had any therapist for very long while i've been living where i am at now though.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
It helped me out a great deal, i strongly recommend it.
doleychitown doleychitown 8 years
great for getting through breakups... seriously
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I'm actually seriously considering starting therapy, and I wont' be ashamed of it. I'm not going to shout it from the rooftops either though. I feel like sometimes I just need someone to talk to - to take a load off. I really want someone outside of my family too. I'm very anxiety ridden and I'm having a semi-crisis about my life right now - not sure what I want to be when I grow up! lol ... and I'm almost actually done with my degree and have decided that that is not what I want to do ... --- this is my oh crap moment and I need someone to talk to about it!
goddessru goddessru 8 years
Personally, I'd like to be in it. Unfortunately, it will come back to haunt me...
KMattes KMattes 8 years
Therapy saved my life and I don't care who knows it. Depression sucks and if I can help someone else go through it, you bet I'll talk about my experience.
vmruby vmruby 8 years
I've never needed therapy but if I did it wouldn't be anything I'd be embarrassed by .....
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Nothing wrong with it...
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i did therapy a few times, directly related to specific things that were very traumatic, both group and individual. i think if the group is really a good match for you it matters less how good the therapist is that's running it. but if you're seeing someone 1:1 they need to be GOOD and be a good match for you, and that's really hard to find. i remember going to a new session with 2 therapists, one week apart and they were both so overwhelmed by what i was going through that they said something like "i've never had this situation come up before and i don't know how i'd deal with it if it were me but i'd like to help you try to figure it out". hello, if i'm paying $300 an hour to talk about this, one of us has to at least pretend to know what we are doing!
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