Therapy Quotes: 101 and Tips to Thrive emotionally

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Therapy quotes

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Going to therapy for your mental health happiness and personal growth is a powerfully helpful tool. Stress, anxiety, depression and fear of the unknown effect all of us and a therapist can help you navigate these struggles in your life. Take these therapy quotes to give you confidence in this next step of your mental health help journey.

Here is 101 Therapy quotes and tips to thrive emotionally .

Welcome to today’s blog. I’m so glad you’re here. Today I want to talk to you about something that has played a very important role in my life: therapy. And then, I want to wrap everything up with some powerful and encouraging therapy quotes that have helped me through some of my hardest days.

A few years ago, I started therapy to help me cope with the loss of my father, coupled with the stress of a difficult breakup. In a matter of six months, I went from thinking I would never be happy again to thinking, you know what? I think I do have a shot at living a normal life. That simple realization during one of the hardest times in my life became my light in the darkness. And it was all because I made the choice to try therapy.

So, what about you? Has something happened in your life that’s made it difficult for you to pick yourself up off the ground? Or maybe for you, there’s more of an underlying problem, like a persistently low mood or anxiety that’s been affecting your life for longer than you’d like to admit. Whatever you are going through, you might feel as if the world or your mind is against you as you question, why me? And believe me, I get it.

The truth is you might have no idea why you feel the way you do. Maybe you are feeling stuck in your life, or maybe you are feeling numb. Maybe you feel like no matter how hard you try to improve yourself, the negative and unwelcome thoughts keep creeping in.

My point is that mental health conditions like depression and anxiety do not discriminate. And yes, having experienced loss after a breakup that triggered significant mental health struggles, my mental health story and need for therapy might be a bit clearer than some of yours. But know that there doesn’t have to be a defined reason or moment in time to explain your pain or worries. Therapy is one tool that can provide a map for getting through anything. And that’s why therapy doesn’t discriminate, either.

Therapy is utilized by people all over the world to help them cope with all types of mental health problems. In some cases, people go just because they want to improve and restore their quality of life or their connection with their family. In many cases, people attend therapy to talk through their daily struggles or anxiety, trying to make sense of it and find helpful ways of thinking.

Not even in therapy are we likely to find a single answer when we ask, “why me?”. But the most important thing is that when your back is against the wall, therapy is powerful. Therapy allows you to see that your mind can be on your side, and that you are capable of controlling it more than you think.

No one’s therapy journey will look identical to another’s. From your specific situation to the type of therapy needed and where you go for it, these are factors that can affect how long it will take you to heal or grow. Not to mention how much of a time and financial commitment you can or choose to make for therapy. But if you feel like therapy could benefit you in any way, I will always recommend it because you don’t only deserve health and happiness – you are also capable of having it.

So why else might you consider therapy?

Therapy has been shown to have an incredible number of benefits for those who attend regularly. These positive attributes do not always come from talking but from processing the therapy sessions and using what you’ve learned. Therapy techniques and lessons can help you explore different parts of yourself that might be holding you back from achieving your goals.

Even if you aren’t attending therapy for mental illness, it can still provide those benefits. Therapy can also help those who simply want to improve their relationships, manage difficult emotions and stressors, and explore how they can lead a more fulfilling life.

Another benefit is that it forces you to become self-aware. Therapy guides people into exploring themselves in different ways through the guidance of a professional and can help with identifying and tackling negative thoughts and behaviors. This process might make you reconsider and re-evaluate certain relationships, jobs, and other aspects of your life that you thought were completely worth it (or at least ones you didn’t realize were having such a negative impact on your wellbeing).

If you’re not quite on board yet but still curious about therapy, that’s okay! If you’re already engaged in therapy but looking for some positive words to help supplement that support, that’s great too.

No matter where you are in your therapy journey, I encourage you to read through the therapy quotes I’ve gathered for you below. I hope that, if nothing else, you walk away from this blog with two or three therapy quotes to have in your pocket for a rainy day.

101 Therapy quotes

Here are 101 therapy quotes, use them in a situation where you are feeling down or gain inspiration from them to head to therapy yourself. If your unsure about therapy for yourself or where you would start in seeing one, we have these other blogs to help you.

Encouraging quotes

  1. “Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” — Ovid
  2. “There isn’t anybody out there who doesn’t have a mental health issue, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or how to cope with relationships. Having OCD is not an embarrassment anymore – for me. Just know that there is help, and your life could be better if you go out and seek the help.” — Howie Mandel
  3. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin
  5. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  6. “There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus
  7. “Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.” – Roy T. Bennett
  8. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” — Lalah De
  9. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Kahlil Gibran
  10. We know what we are but know not what we may be. – William Shakespeare
  11. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  12. “Increasing the strength of our minds is the only way to reduce the difficulty of life.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  13. “Promise me you’ll always remember — you’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh
  14. “In the middle of winter I, at last, discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”  — Albert Camus
  15. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  16. “Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.” — Joubert Botha
  17. “Tough times never last, but tough people do!” — Robert Schuller
  18. “I keep moving ahead, as always, knowing deep down inside that I am a good person and that I am worthy of a good life.” ― Jonathan Harnisch
  19. “I don’t regret opening up about what I went through [with depression], because, it sounds really cliché, but I have had women come up to me and say, ‘It meant so much to me.’ It means so much when you realize that someone was having a really hard time and feeling shame and was trying to hide this whole thing.” — Winona Ryder
  20. “Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It’s not just this neat little issue you can put into a box.” — Shannon Purser
  21. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
  22. “I knew well enough that one could fracture one’s legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain in your head and recover from that too.” ― Vincent van Gogh
  23. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Fredrick Douglass
  24. “People need people – for initial and for continued survival, for socialization, for the pursuit of satisfaction. No one – not the dying, not the outcast, not the mighty – transcends the need for human contact.” – Irvin Yalom
  25. “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that the better for us all.” – Erik Erikson
  26. “Once you start making the effort to “wake yourself up” – that is, be more mindful of your daily activities – you suddenly start appreciating your life more.” – Robert Biswas-Diener
  27. “A failure is not a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B. F. Skinner
  28. “Start listening to the way you talk to yourself. These interactions will tell you how well you know yourself, how much you respect yourself, and what boundaries you are lacking.” — Sara Kuburic
  29. “Don’t believe everything you think.”  — Unknown
  30. “As you reflect back on the previous weeks, months, or year, look for moments you can celebrate too. There will be some, even if you have to look a little harder.” — Emily Coxhead
  31. “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”  — Dan Millman
  32. “Part of my identity is saying no to things I don’t want to do… I check in with myself throughout the day, and I say, ‘Do I really want to do this?’ and if the answer is no, then I don’t do it. And you shouldn’t either.” — Lady Gaga
  33. “Let your story go. Allow yourself to be present with who you are right now.” – Russ Kyle
  34. “Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain, and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain.” — Matt Haig

Positive quotes for mental health

  1. “Take your time healing, as long as you want. Nobody else knows what you’ve been through. How could they know how long it will take to heal you?” — Abertoli
  2. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  3. “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” -Henry Ford
  4. “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” – George Bernard Shaw
  5. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
  6. “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain
  7. “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” – Roy T. Bennett
  8. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Amy March, from Little Women
  9. “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning, and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” — Charles Bukowski
  10. “If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a badass with a heart of an angel.” — Keanu Reeves
  11. “You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” — Lori Deschene
  12. “This feeling will pass. The fear is real, but the danger is not.” ― Cammie McGovern
  13. “But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.” ― Robert Uttaro
  14. “Many survivors insist they’re not courageous: ‘If I were courageous, I would have stopped the abuse.’ ‘If I were courageous, I wouldn’t be scared’… Most of us have it mixed up. You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear.” ― Laura Davis
  15. “Change what you can, manage what you can’t.” ― Raymond McCauley
  16. “The acknowledgment of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.” ― Stefan Molyneux
  17. What other people think of me is none of my business. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  18. “Sometimes self-care is exercise and eating right. Sometimes it’s spending time with loved ones or taking a nap. And sometimes, it’s watching an entire season of TV in one weekend while you lounge around in your pajamas. Whatever soothes your soul.” — Nanea Hoffman
  19. “Deep breathing is our nervous system’s love language.” — Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy
  20. “Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a weakness — that’s why more and more mental health is such an important thing to talk about. It’s the same as being physically sick. And when you keep all those things inside, when you bottle them up, it makes you ill.” — Cara Delevingne
  21. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” — John Green
  22. “I say that publicly because I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health… My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?” — Kerry Washington
  23. “What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.” — Pink
  24. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” — Glenn Close
  25. “You can find hope in despair. Dwell on positive thoughts.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  26. “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” — Buddha

Powerful words quotes

  1. “If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.” – Abraham Lincoln
  2. “I was with someone recently who asked: ‘Well, don’t you think that if you do too much therapy, it will take away your artistic process?’ And I told them: ‘The biggest lie that we’ve ever been sold is that we as artists have to stay in pain to create.’” — Katy Perry
  3. “Lose not yourself in a far-off time, seize the moment that is thine.” – Friedrich Schiller
  4. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. – J. K. Rowling
  5. “Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.” — Demi Lovato
  6. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky
  7. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin
  8. “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” – Mark Twain
  9. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” ― Leonard Cohen
  11. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” ― Henry David Thoreau
  12. “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.” — Selena Gomez
  13. “My dark days made me stronger. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” — Emery Lord
  14. “Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.” ― Susanna Kaysen
  15. “We are not our trauma. We are not our brain chemistry. That’s part of who we are, but we’re so much more than that.” ― Sam J. Miller
  16. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr
  17. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. – Rick Warren
  18. “Always remember that for each patient you see, you may be the only person in their life capable of both hearing and holding their pain. If that’s not sacred, I don’t know what is.” – Corner Canyon Counseling, author unknown
  19. “Meanings are not determined by situations. We determine ourselves by the meanings we ascribe to situations.” – Alfred Adler
  20. “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.” – David Richo
  21. “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” -Carl Rogers
  22. “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no one recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung
  23. “Pay careful attention to anything you try to hide.” — Gretchen Rubin
  24. “The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.” — Mama Indigo
  25. “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung
  26. “When I don’t pay attention to my feelings, I tend to put up with situations and people longer than I should.” — Allyson Dinneen
  27. “The gentlest reminder: You might not need to read another self-help book, attend another training, or bookmark another Instagram post as much as you need to listen to, trust, and practice what you already know. What if the answer you’re looking for is actually within you already?” — Lisa Olivera
  28. “Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo, and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” — Adam Ant
  29. “Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain. In fact, there is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with it since nearly 20% of American adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime. So why aren’t we talking about it?” — Kristen Bell
  30. “One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” — Linda Poindexter

Physical therapy quotes

  1. “It’s not the load that breaks an individual down. It’s the load they are not prepared for.” – Tim Gabbett.
  2. “It’s not just what pain is. It’s what it means to that person.” – Sarah Haag.
  3. “The notion of ‘bad’ movement patterns is a danger to the spontaneity of our existence.” – Louis Gifford.
  4. “Each body is different. Therefore each rehabilitation must be different.” -Joerg Teichmann.
  5. “Being physically healthy is not expensive! Being injured is. So prevent injuries!” -Joerg Teichmann.
  6. “Let’s not wait for perfect conditions to begin. Let’s begin to make perfection conditions for a healthy physical condition” -Joerg Teichmann.
  7. “Health is the greatest strength.” – Lailah Gifty
  8. “No class in physical therapy school prepared me to counsel a patient dealing with a life-changing injury.” ― Adele Levine
  9. “Health is the greatest strength.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  10. “That which enhances performance prevents injury.” – Larry Hamilton
  11. “Recovery is not one and done. It is a lifelong journey that takes place one day, one step at a time.” — Unknown

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