Therapy Quotes That Will Inspire You To Reflect, Respond And Maybe Smile

By Joanna Smykowski|Updated August 15, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Lauren Guilbeault, LMHC

Whether you are a therapist, go to therapy, are studying to become a therapist, or are helping teach others to become therapists, therapy is a challenging field to be involved in. The mental health world is vast and ever-changing, and as with anything in life, it can be exhausting.

 

To help combat this, we have devised a list of 54 positive reinforcement quotes and therapy-related quotes to encourage you. We scoured the internet to find quotes from wise leaders who managed to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic (as Graham Greene points out), other mental health professionals, famous people, or positive humans in general so we could bring them to you. Some are silly, some are deep, and some have to do with life more than therapy but still apply to those seeking to escape a similar sense of madness, melancholia, and anxiety.

 

Some quotes are about the journey someone else took to be at peace with themselves, and we hope their journey may inspire you to begin your own personal growth if you need to. Someone else's experience may help inspire you to help others with their personal growth and not go through the same thing. Sometimes those who paint can manage panic and fear through color and texture. Reading and even rewriting therapy quotes can be a form of therapy regardless of the symptoms you may be experiencing.

 

For a person experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, reading motivational quotes can be incredibly therapeutic. So can responding to one of these quotations by narrating a story it reminds you of or sharing an emotion the words provoke. To increase well-being, read the quotes and write, compose or paint in response. Parents can read the passages with children and discuss their meaning. Women can read words of encouragement for women specifically for an uplift in their day. 

 

Of course, reading these inspirational quotations is not meant to replace therapy. If you feel a sense of overwhelming panic, reach out to a therapist. The therapist might not have all the answers, but they can help you understand your emotions and take control of them.

Are 52 Therapy Quotes Enough To Motivate You?

It is always important to remember to get help if you need it. Sites like BetterHelp.com can set you up online with a mental health professional and help you on your way.

Therapy Quotes For Every Week Of The Year

We've grouped these quotes not by importance but in seven topics regarding the human situation: the arts, sports and physical fitness, work, food, relationships, personal discoveries, and therapy in general. Hopefully, the words will get you thinking and give you some quality time. Have fun with these quotes; they are a bit of positive psychology mixed with wonder. Whether you hang them on your wall, write them on your mirror, say them to someone, sing them, journal them, or recite them quietly to yourself, we hope some are meaningful to you on your journey toward personal growth.

The Arts

Because it is a form of creative self-expression, art would phrase the question: does life imitate art, or is it the other way around? 

  1. "Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy." – Erykah Badu
  2. "Scribbling things down is my therapy. I filter later.” – Natascha McElhone
  3. "There are a variety of techniques to help people change the kind of thinking that leads them to become depressed. These techniques are called cognitive behavioral therapy." – Irving Kirsch
  4. "…comedy acts as my therapy. I put my problems out there. I talk about them. I talk about everything before anybody has a chance." – Kevin Har
  5. "Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man." – Louis Nizer
  6. "Playing my drums is therapy." – Travis Barker
  7. "Through therapy and a lot of thinking and writing my memoirs, I've been able to use my life as a lesson." – Jane Fonda
  8. "Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic, and fear which is inherent in a human situation." – Graham Greene
  9. "And for me, it's acting. I find acting very therapeutic for whatever it is." – Kevin Bacon
  10. "Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heartstrings. It acts as medicine." – Macklemore
  11. "Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me." – Tim Burton
  12. "When you're singing, you're using extra muscles, and it requires a lot of exercise and breathing. You can't do that if you're a sissy. If I have any fitness advice for people, I'd tell them to sing more. It's good therapy, too." – Willie Nelson
  13. "With 'Location' and all the other songs around it, my music turned into therapy for others. And that's something I really love and am blown away by." – Khalid

Sports and Physical Fitness

Quotes from famous people are not remotely intended to replace therapeutic interventions, but they can serve as powerful motivation. 

14. "Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations." – Andrew Weil

15. "I get a lot of the ideas when I'm resting – either when I'm meditating or getting some kind of work done on my back, like physical therapy or acupuncture. That's where I get my best ideas, maybe because I'm balancing my body." – Katy Perry

16. "I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline." – Jack LaLanne

17. "Therapy's like going to the gym." – Chris Pine

18. "To me, wrestling is therapy. No matter how bad my personal situation is, when I step into the ring, all my troubles disappear. My baggage stays in the back where it belongs." – Eddie Guerrero

Work

Having a focus on something other than self can give purpose and meaning to life a whole life, as you'll see in these quotes:

19. "Just putting my uniform on keeps me going. Being able to get out there keeps me going. That's the best therapy." – Eric Davis

20. "Cleaning is therapy for me. I'm not ashamed of holding the duster or broom." -Amisha Patel

21. "I'd be cheating everyone here, the staff and rest of my teammate if I wasn't able to stay on top of my work. It was almost like therapy, to come back and get in an environment I'm comfortable with." – Roger Clemens

22. "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." -Henry David Thoreau

Food

Turning to food for comfort takes many forms; the act of preparing it can be just as therapeutic as eating it. 

23. "Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy." – Mary Berry

24. "Cooking is good therapy for me." – Lidia Bastianich

25. "Baking is therapy." – Paul Hollywood

26. "Food is a lot of people's therapy – when we say comfort food, we really mean that. It's releasing dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good." – Brett Hoebel

Relationships 

Strong relationships are about more than offering each other best wishes. They can be about helping each other through the panic and fear, celebrating the goodness inherent in a human, and supporting each other. Which of these quotes is your favorite?

Are 52 Therapy Quotes Enough To Motivate You?

27. "The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love." – Hubert Humphrey.

28. "I had people in my life who didn't give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me." – Temple Grandin

29. "I'm not really gay, and I can't sit here and say that I am, because that's not real and that's not genuine. But I also can't sit here and say that I'm straight. This is something I've come to the conclusion through therapy and from being honest with myself. I am bisexual." – Shane Dawson

30. "Using no control and using humor will build a relationship and make a dent to where the client puts the counselor in their quality world and then begins to relate and seek out the counselor. Effective therapy begins with the acceptance of the therapist into the client's quality world." – William Glasser

Personal Discoveries 

Imagine sitting in a corner pub with John Cleese and listening to his wisdom. In that same corner pub, you also might find Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou nudging each other in the rib cage while smiling about how their words have helped so many. By sharing their personal discoveries, they can help others undertaking a similar journey.

31. "In therapy, I see myself in the mirror differently." – Ricky Williams

32. "For many people, managing pain involves using prescription medicine in combination with complementary techniques like physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and massage. I appreciate this because I truly believe medical care should address the person as a whole – their mind, body, and spirit." – Naomi Judd

33. "I didn't learn about depression or anxiety at school. So when I had to go to my parents to say 'I need help, I need to go to therapy,' I felt like this weird, messed up kid. And I wasn't . . . . " Lili Reinhart

34. "I realized that therapy helps me explain what I'm feeling better." – Charlamagne Tha God

35. "I would say that I began with a very edgy, very driven personality and after a sufficient amount of therapy over many, many years, I managed to become rather relaxed and happy." – John Cleese

36. "The ultimate goal of therapy… it's too hard a question. The words come to me like tranquility, like fulfillment, like realizing your potential." – Irvin D. Yalom

37. "My therapy has come from paying attention to my life." – Oprah Winfrey

38. "In therapy, I have learned the importance of keeping spiritual life and professional life balanced. I need to regain my balance." – Tiger Woods

39. "I used to be pretty hard on myself, like, if I didn't like a haircut I did on someone, I would think about it a lot and second-guess myself. But after therapy and a lot of work, I know how to dust myself off a lot faster, and those things don't knock me down as much as they used to." – Jonathan Van Ness

40. "If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." -- Maya Angelou

41. I'm on a constant path of self-discovery and change. I'm trying to become a better person, a nicer person. I love therapy – it's brilliant." – Julia Sawalha

42. "The problem is, I don't think I've got too much to offer at the minute. I'm busy working on myself. This sounds like real therapy talk, but it's like, you've got to be happy with yourself before you can go out and get yourself a girl." – Robbie Williams

43. "If you can't control your tweeting habits, then stop tweeting. Go seek therapy.” – Ana Navarro

Therapy in General

Many well-known figures never realized therapy would spark a sense of purpose and peace until they went through the process themselves. 

44. "The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul." – Nicholas Kristof

45. "Sometimes it takes dealing with a disability – the trauma, the relearning, the months of rehabilitation therapy – to uncover our true abilities and how we can put them to work for us in ways we may have never imagined." -Tammy Duckworth

46. "We may define therapy as a search for value." – Abraham Maslow

47. I take a low dose of lithium nightly. I take an antidepressant for my darkness because prayer isn't enough. My therapist hears confession twice a month, my shrink delivers the host, and I can stand in the woods and see the world spark." ― David Lovelace,

48. "Shopping at any level is a bit of therapy for my medulla oblongata." – Theophilus London

49. "The first principle of cognitive therapy is that all your moods are created by your 'cognitions,' or thoughts. A cognition refers to the way you look at things – your perceptions, mental attitudes, and beliefs. It includes the way you interpret things – what you say about something or someone to yourself." – David D. Burns

50. "If you are not happy with something, you should change it. So I went to a lot of therapy, and finally, I am able to speak up for myself: You are going to hear me roar!" – Katy Perry

51. "I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each patient because each has a unique story." – Irvin D. Yalom

52. "Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that when you change the way you think, you can change the way you feel and behave. In other words, if we can learn to think about other people in a more positive and realistic way, it will be far easier to resolve conflicts and develop rewarding personal and professional relationships." – David D. Burns

53. "Therapy and counseling can do wonderful things for people. But they have emerged so far as what are sometimes called 'cottage industries' – that is, as individuals or small groups offering generally quite expensive services to a few clients." – Alain de Botton

54. "You have considerable power to construct self-helping thoughts, feelings and actions as well as to construct self-defeating behaviors. You have the ability, if you use it, to choose healthy instead of unhealthy thinking, feeling and acting." - Albert Ellis

These quotes don't have all the answers, of course, but their words illustrate how so many people realized therapy would benefit them and got the help they needed.

Better Therapy With BetterHelp

Consider working one-on-one or in group therapy with a licensed therapist for more inspirational therapy when you are ready to explore new methods of working on your own personal growth.

Research shows that online therapy creates as many, if not more, beneficial effects as in-person therapy in forming a positive relationship between therapist and patient. In a study published in BioMed Central-Psychiatry, researchers found that internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (iCBT) significantly reduced symptoms related to trauma in patients, and also helped foster a strong bond between the therapist and patient. Specifically, participants reported strong feelings of trust between their therapists and themselves. This type of solid therapeutic alliance is a major factor in the efficacy of treatment, pointing to online therapy as an effective alternative to traditional, face-to-face counseling.

With online therapy through BetterHelp, you'll have the opportunity to work with one of thousands of qualified professionals. You're not limited to working in a therapist's office. You only need an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or computer with online counseling. By skipping the therapist's office altogether, the anxiety about traveling through an unsafe neighborhood evaporates. Without being limited to just those therapists operating in your area, you'll have a better chance of being matched with a counselor who knows exactly how to address your concerns.

Online therapy also provides the client with an opportunity to schedule sessions around school or work without the fear of missing out.

You will also have the opportunity to reach out to your licensed therapist any time of day. Just send a message, and they will get back to you as soon as they can. Read below for reviews of counselors from those who have benefitted from therapy.

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