Keira Knightley and Therapists: Beating the Stigma in Mental Health

9726708946 c07c4697fb o 227x300At a party, you’re talking with a friend about what’s going on in their life. Suddenly, their tone becomes hushed and they say, “I’ve gone to see a therapist recently for the problem I’m having.” Why did your friend feel the need to talk about going to see a therapist in hushed tones? Probably because there’s a stigma in mental health.
Seeing a therapist automatically means there’s something wrong with you, when in reality seeing a therapist is completely normal. You don’t have to be suffering from a serious mental issue to get help from a professional. If your child is dealing with an issue that they need to speak to someone other than you about, consider sending them to a therapist or psychiatric professional.

Celebrities pushing down the stigma in mental health

As someone who was in the spotlight from a young age, Keira Knightley found herself overwhelmed by criticism about her body shape by the media.
In a recent article by ELLE magazine, Knightley opened up about going to see a therapist in her 20s, breaking the stigma in mental health around therapists. “I’ve totally done therapy. I highly recommend it. I don’t do it at the moment. But in my early 20s, when I found everything completely

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overwhelming, 100 percent, I did it,” Knightley said in ELLE. “I think when you’re in those moments in your life and you want to get through them … you have to do whatever it is to help you get over it. You have to give it a go. Try anything that might help.”
In the article, Knightley admits to having been painfully shy earlier in her life. She was surrounded by people she looked up to and tried hard to please. Going to see a therapist, combined with the experience gained by the passage of time helped Knightley overcome these fears.
By owning up to seeing a therapist, Knightley is helping break the stigma in mental health around seeing a mental health professional.

Other helpful options

If therapy alone isn’t enough for your daughter or son, consider sending them to a wilderness therapy program.
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for adolescents ages 10-17, offers an adventure-based therapeutic program that helps teens overcome emotional and behavioral struggles.
For more information about Trails Carolina and how we can help your child beat the stigma in mental health, please call us today at 800-975-7303.

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As Executive Director at Trails Carolina, a leading wilderness therapy program for youth and teens, I oversee operations and collaborate with our leadership team. Since 2022, I've also hosted the Common Ground Podcast for parents: With a background in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, I've managed adventure-based therapeutic programs across the US and Canada. My experiences in competitive athletics and adventure sports have honed my leadership, risk assessment, and decision-making skills, which I apply to running a successful business like Trails Carolina.

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