Jessica Alba Shares Why She Started Going to Therapy with Her 10-Year-Old Daughter
The actress stresses the importance of open communication in her family.
Jessica Alba has long been open about the importance of family time in her life. Most recently, the actress opened up about her decision to go to therapy with her 10-year-old daughter, Honor.
Alba chose to see a therapist with Honor in an effort to "learn to be a better mother to her and communicate better with her," she said at Her Campus Media’s annual Her Conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Related: All the Times Jessica Alba Inspired Us to Live a Fit, Balanced Lifestyle)
"Some people think, like in my family, you talk to a priest and that's it," she said. "I don't really feel comfortable talking to him about my feelings."
Alba admitted that her family didn't really encourage one another to talk about their feelings. Instead, "it was just like shut it down and keep it moving," she explained. "So I find a lot of inspiration just in talking to my kids."
The actress isn't the only celeb to use her platform to tout the power of therapy. Hunter McGrady recently opened up to us about how therapy played a huge role in helping her embrace her body. And Sophie Turner credited therapy for helping her with depression and suicidal thoughts that she experienced during her time as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. (Here are 9 more celebrities who are vocal about mental health issues.)
As more people in the public eye share their positive experiences with therapy, it brings us one step closer to dismantling the misguided notion that therapy is anything to look down upon. Kudos to Alba for showing her daughter that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.