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Do Friends or Therapists Make Better Listeners?

Would You Rather Talk to a Friend or Therapist?

Last night Laura Dern and Courteney Cox admitted they accompany each other to therapy occasionally. At the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Laura said she brings Courteney to therapy sessions because she's better at pinpointing problems than her therapist. Later Courteney said she requests payback by having Laura return the favor — even by bringing her to couples therapy with husband David Arquette.

While bringing a friend to therapy is certainly different than talking to a friend alone, it does bring up a divisive question between those who do therapy and those who don't. So who do you vent your woes to — a friend or therapist?

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xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I'd pick my best friend any day of the week. If a therapist really cared how I felt they wouldn't charge $160 an hour. And despite taking notes, the therapist I saw as a teenager never learned to say my name and often forgot what we had discussed from session to session. Of course, this is the woman who dismissed my eating disorder entirely because I wasn't thin enough, so maybe it was a personal problem on her end.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
It depends on the issue I'd want to talk about.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
"I agree! A therapist will forget what you say once you walk out of the office." The therapist I went to often took notes. I wasn't paying $150 for an hour session for my therapist to "forget" what I said when I walked out of her office. No way.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Wow, Laura Dern looks seriously scary in that pic.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
Therapist
Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 7 years
I agree! A therapist will forget what you say once you walk out of the office.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
If I had the money, I'd want to talk to a therapist about things. Mostly because I'd trust their judgement more. It's their job, after all.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
My therapist is much easier to talk to. There's no judgment or unwanted two-cents involved.
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