Gabourey Sidibe on the importance of finding the right therapist

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Gabourey Sidibe on the importance of finding the right therapist

Award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe discussed the importance of finding the right therapist. The star referred her Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson to her therapist who’s a black woman shared with SELF Magazine why she always recommends her therapist.

She also shares why it was important that she was black saying, “It was extremely important for me to find a therapist who is a black woman, just because black women live in a different world than everyone else.”

On why she thought it important to share her mental health care provider with a friend and colleague she added, “Our problems, daily interactions, and expectations are different than most other people, so I wanted a therapist who I could cut through the societal foundation of who I am with, so that we could get to my specific issues. There’s a shorthand between us. We speak the same language because we’re from the same world.”

Gabourey Sidibe on the importance of finding the right therapist. Here’s a look at what she had to say.

“It was extremely important for me to find a therapist who is a black woman, just because black women live in a different world than everyone else. Our problems, daily interactions, and expectations are different than most other people, so I wanted a therapist who I could cut through the societal foundation of who I am with, so that we could get to my specific issues. There’s a shorthand between us. We speak the same language because we’re from the same world.”

“She is the most human therapist I’ve known, and when I encounter anyone who I think would benefit from my therapist’s humanity, I’ll always recommend her. It wouldn’t be fair to keep this mental wellness to myself.”

“I love Taraji. I see how hard she works and how much she splits herself to do for others, whether through her acting, her philanthropy, or her friends and family. I just wanted to give her something that was just for her. A space to check in with herself.”