You can find an Instagram account for just about anything, fashion, workouts, recipes, and now therapy. Many mental health professionals have taken to Instagram to share mental health practices and resources to help destigmatize the field.
Popular therapist Lisa Olivera explained in a Medium post that therapists aren’t on Instagram to provide therapy sessions, but they use the platform as a tool to help, “provide resources, tools, insights, reminders, community, and support for people who are not in therapy, for people figuring out how to access therapy, and for people in therapy.”
We are arguably in an age where therapy is increasingly sought out but is still less accessible to most. According to a New York Times highlighting the growth of Instagram therapy accounts it states, “of the nearly 1 in 5 adults in this country who experience mental illness, just over 42 percent received mental health services in 2017.” To close the gap, mental health professionals have taken to finding outlets to make therapy more accessible whether that be a self-help book, a podcast, or on Instagram.
If you’re considering therapy, or are currently in therapy, here’s a list of Instagram accounts to follow to assist in your mental health journey.
Lisa Olivera @lisaoliveratherapy
Lisa is a marriage and family therapist based in California who’s Instagram is identifiable by her earthy/neutral templates providing sage advice, notes on self-care, daily affirmations, and tips on being more compassionate with yourself.
Nedra Glover Tawwab @nedratawwab
Nedra is the founder of Kaleidoscope Counseling in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is known for providing couples counseling and helping people with anxiety, relationships, and boundaries. Her Instagram account is most notable for its lists like “10 Signs of People-Pleasing”.
Dr. Nicole LePera @the.holistic.pyschologist
Dr. Nicole LePera is a Holistic Psychologist that empowers people to heal themselves; her Instagram posts are usually concluded with #selfhealers noting that people are ultimately responsible for healing themselves. Her Instagram feed is most notable for her info graphs dolling advice on “the ego”, “inner-child work,” and “reparenting.”
Silvy Khoucasian @silvykhoucasian
Silvy is a relationship coach. Many of her posts pose questions that couples could pose to each other to deepen the relationship. Additional content centers around boundaries and attachment styles.
Therapy for Black Girls @therapyforblackgirls
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford one of the most successful black women as they come! She is a licensed psychologist, and host of the wildly popular podcast of the same name. Dr. Bradford’s mission is to eradicate the stigma around mental health resources particularly for black women and girls. Her account is decked out in signature purple backdrops with self reflection exercises and “Help A Sister Out” posts fielding questions from followers allowing others to give feedback.
Eunice Omega is originally from Connecticut and received her Bachelors in English & Journalism with a minor in African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Afterward, she pursued her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. Eunice currently works as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at The School of American Ballet, the premiere dance academy for inspiring dancers. Eunice currently lives in Manhattan and on her spare time she enjoys writing for her omegawattworld.com where she takes a critical view on pop culture, shares personal stories, and her adventures traveling. She also loves to explore the city and spend time with her family.
Featured photo: Dr. Joy Harden Bradford