Have you ever wondered what therapy is like but been afraid to find out?
Katy Perry recently and very bravely live-streamed a therapy session. During the livestream she spoke about her family, her love life and suicidal thoughts. She also discussed the differences between how she sees herself as Katherine Hudson and her celebrity persona – Katy Perry. The results are very real, honest and similar to many therapy, coaching or healing sessions.
The reason she live-streamed this session is because fear, stigma and misinformation can prevent a lot of people from seeking help. Katie hopes her being vulnerable about her weak points will encourage fans to really examine their own and be unafraid to confront their issues.
“I’ve been going to therapy for about five years and I think it has
really helped my mental health incredibly. It’s a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you, because I don’t think a lot of people have that. I encourage it. People think it’s weird. No, there is nothing weird about taking care of your physical and mental health. That’s awesome”
So here’s some therapy truths:
- At first it can take a little while to get in touch with the feelings and tap into the information they hold for you – but after that it gets easier and you get better at discovering what’s going on and how to let it go.
- You will cry – a lot.
- At times it will seem like things get worse before they get better, because all the things and feelings you’ve been hiding – and hiding from, suddenly want to pour out of you like a tsunami.
- Know that while it will feel overwhelming at times, you’re not going to solve all your problems overnight. Be kind to yourself and realistic about how long it might take and let those around you know it might take some time too.
- People may think because you’re upset and speaking the truth about how you’re feeling that you’ve become depressed. Often its that you’re no longer pretending you’re fine and they are simply getting a look at how things are inside the smiles and silence game you’ve been playing for years.
- Hang in there. Things will get better. A good coach/healer/therapist will give you some new tools to deal with life and it will blow your mind how different things can be.
- You will eventually make friends with the scary stuff and realise your feelings are there to show you the parts of you that needed healing.
- You will have a safe space to go and someone to talk to when it all gets too much.
Lastly its really important to trust your therapist, coach or healer so if you don’t resonate or ‘feel it’ with them – don’t be shy to switch. The right person makes a world of difference and a good therapist, healer or coach will not mind if you choose to go with someone else or take it personally.
Watch Katy’s session and see for yourself how thoughts and feelings can transform and change when we acknowledge them.
Sending much love