Jessica Alba talks about attending therapy sessions with her daughter


The public conversation about mental health has come a long way in recent years. With stars like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Kristen Stewart become aware of their struggles with mental illness it becomes easier and easier for people to talk about it such a difficult subject. The latest celebrity to shed light on the issue? Actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba, who recently spoke about attending joint therapy sessions with her daughter.

Entertainment tonightI met Jessica Alba at the Baby2Baby 10th Anniversary Gala, where the founder of The Honest Company explained the importance of mental health awareness. The actress had starred in Before, during and after baby, Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Instagram talk show, where she revealed she regularly attends group therapy sessions with her daughter Honor. Alba testified that the therapy sessions were born out of a desire to better communication with his children, something she didn’t have growing up. She explained:

Like my 13 year old daughter, I find it hard not to treat her like a little one – I want to treat them all like babies … my tendency is to raise them like they are little. I started therapy with her [Honor] I think when she was 11 years old. For me it was really irrelevant, I felt like my relationship had really suffered with my parents because they didn’t know how to communicate with me and how I needed to be a parent. So I didn’t want this breakup with Honor, so we went to therapy together.

It seems to be working: Jessica Alba said her daughter started to feel more comfortable speaking up and sharing her feelings, especially during therapy. Honor even had the power to point out which aspects of their relationship upset her and how she believed those imbalances could be corrected. This is a far cry from what Alba apparently experienced as a child – apparently her family was not as open as she would have liked. She said:

I grew up in a family where this is still not fully accepted. And I think the more we break down those walls, and make it, you know, easier for people to understand and accept that it’s just about introducing yourself to your family members or to yourself to a different way, and try to be better. Be better tomorrow than you were today, you know?

That’s all you can really ask for, especially when it comes to working on family relationships. Luckily for Jessica Alba and Honor, their efforts to connect are paying off. And who knows? Maybe Jessica Alba will inspire more parents to solve all the problems they have with their children in a safe and thoughtful space. All you have to do is introduce yourself.


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