It’s no secret—social media can be damaging to our mental health. Most of our Instagram feeds are flooded with pop culture memes, our favorite celebrities’ faces, and highlights from our friends’ lives, but some accounts are specifically created to cut through all of that noise and prompt you to check in with your mental health. There’s a plethora of Instagram therapy accounts that post advice, inspiration, and reminders to make your mental health a priority on the daily. Which, in our opinion, is more important than keeping up with the Kardashians’ selfies.
Although nothing can replace actual therapy sessions, getting free mental health advice straight to your phone is super convenient. Whether you’re struggling to find a therapist, cannot afford regular therapy sessions, or just want to incorporate more mental health awareness into your daily routine, these accounts will do the trick. We rounded up our favorite therapy accounts on Instagram for you to start following—see our top eight below.
The best 8 Instagram therapy accounts to follow
1Therapy for Latinx
Actual footage of me walking out of an uplifting therapy session. Healing generational trauma, knowing my worth, and living my best life ✨ #therapy #therapymemes #jlo #amoment #latinxheritagemonth #versace #therapistsofinstagram #therapistmemes
A post shared by Find a Latinx Therapist (@therapyforlatinx) on Sep 21, 2019 at 1:53pm PDT
Therapy for Latinx focuses on helping Latinx people find therapists, with the tagline, “Mental health can be challenging, finding a therapist shouldn’t be.” They post a mix of humorous and blunt (in the best way) content. We’re suckers for a good meme, especially when it’s created for mental health awareness or normalization.
2Notes from Your Therapist
If I had to be happy all the time I’d be REALLY unhappy. . Life brings pain and I don’t want to *not* feel it. (What other people wanted from me vs what I want for me.) . . #emotions #feelings #emotionalintelligence #emotionskills #emotionalneglect #relationaltrauma #relationalneuroscience #vulnerability #compassion #selfacceptance #tuneintoyouremotions #emotionstherapist #notesfromyourtherapist #nfyt #feelingintelligence #depression #anxiety #loneliness #trauma #traumahealing #interpersonalneurobiology #writersofinstagram #feelingsarefeedback
A post shared by Allyson Dinneen (@notesfromyourtherapist) on Dec 21, 2019 at 7:38am PST
For those who find handwritten notes nostalgic and comforting (cough, cough—us), you’ll love @notesfromyourtherapist. Allyson Dinneen writes daily notes in her signature scrawl, making you feel like she wrote it just for you and slipped it onto your desk. She encourages followers to feel their emotions, good and bad, because it’s all part of being human.
It’s officially the last day of the year and it’s the perfect time to make way for what is yet to come, to leave what is not needed behind and to position ourselves for what life has to offer. I think one of the most common themes I’ve addressed in 2019 is this feeling of being stuck and how does one either find their purpose, or live in their truth. The reality is, life is never fully figured out, there is always going to be something new to learn or work through. We have to remember to see ourselves as human beings and not projects that must be fixed by the end of a year. There is always room to grow, life will continue to happen after midnight (god-willing) and there will still be time for you to be who you truly desire to be. So community: what are you making for room in 2020? Add to the list! 👇🏾
A post shared by Minaa B., LMSW † (@minaa_b) on Dec 31, 2019 at 6:55am PST
Minaa B. is a social worker, mental health educator, and founder of the online book club The Literary Social. She posts candid thoughts on self-love and being gentle with ourselves, while providing no-nonsense, concise paragraphs of advice with titles like, “Stop Making Other People’s Healing Your Responsibility,” which inspire us to take action.
A question worth asking. We are all doing and experiencing things in our lives that others might have no clue are happening. We're all doing inner work in ways that aren't visible to an onlooker. We're all going through our unique ebbs and flows, often in ways no one else might realize. We're all doing so much more than others might understand or know. We're all having experiences that aren't shown on the outside. Don't forget to acknowledge the work you're doing that isn't getting acknowledged by anyone else. It matters. 💫
A post shared by Lisa Olivera (@lisaoliveratherapy) on Jan 12, 2020 at 6:53pm PST
Lisa Olivera is a therapist and writer who posts lots of simple, one-sentence mental health reminders/nuggets of wisdom in a soothing color palette. She prompts us to take the time to pat ourselves on the back for how strong we are—something that many of us need to be reminded of in order to do.
5Nedra Glover Tawwab
I've found that just being present with someone in a meaningful way is supportive. Therapists listen as people share about the many things that impact who they are and how they feel. Each week people return because they feel supported. In assisting others emotionally, we are offering support. Reflecting on the list above, have you felt supported in any of the ways mentioned in my post? #nedranuggets #cyclebreakers
A post shared by Nedra Glover Tawwab, Therapist (@nedratawwab) on Jan 9, 2020 at 8:20am PST
Nedra Glover Tawwab is a therapist and boundaries expert specializing in teaching people how to create healthy relationships. Tawwab posts lots of bulleted lists, offering straight-forward, actionable advice.
We make these comments to others and to ourselves. It usually just keeps us really stuck; like you should have healed or moved on by now. It’s so not productive! Do you notice yourself saying any of these? Just a friendly reminder, the person who experienced the trauma is the only person that gets to decide what it means to them, how it impacted them, and if and how they’d like to move forward. How do you think we can change this language to make it more supportive?
A post shared by whitney goodman lmft (@sitwithwhit) on Dec 19, 2019 at 8:38am PST
Whitney Goodman describes herself as a radically honest psychotherapist, which is what many of us need—radical honesty in a world that either sugarcoats or dismisses our mental health. Her Instagram account, sit with whit, posts research-backed diagrams and snippets of advice.
7The Mind Geek
💭F E A R o f f a i l u r e [p a r t 4] [art/words: @themindgeek] 📙Over the last few posts, we’ve been getting to grips with the Fear of Failure. Yesterday we looked at how we can reframe failure; or rather get a more objective, rounder more rational look at our situation 📘Through my own experiences with failure, one of the most powerful tools in my current arsenal, as on the nose as it may sound, is forgiveness. ✏️Forgiving myself for not knowing then what it is I know now ✏️Forgiving myself for being 18 (and acting like it) ✏️Forgiving myself for trying to fit in, + losing all sense of myself in the process —— 🔎 Q U E S T I O N What perceived failure might you consider forgiving yourself for? Share your answers below, if it feels safe doing so ----- 📚If searching for resources that explore our relationship with failure, I couldn’t recommend the work of Elizabeth Day @elizabday highly enough. Both podcast and book, a beautiful reminder that regardless of how it feels in the moment, failure is not something that requires a lifelong shame sentence, nor is it an exclusive club we, and we alone belong to 💛 —— #fearoffailure
A post shared by Sarah Crosby (@themindgeek) on Nov 25, 2019 at 11:41am PST
Ireland-based therapist Sarah Crosby runs The Mind Geek Instagram account, which follows a bold and playful template of “mental notes” written as sticky notes taped to a wall. She tackles all sorts of subjects from boundaries to highly sensitive personality traits to signs of codependency. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to enter into the therapy world, this is the account for you.
Letting go is not easy. Everyone has a unique way of going through the process of letting go. Up above I’ve given some general tips that may be helpful in your journey. • • • #selfawareness #awareness #healing #growth #feelings #mentalhealthtips #selfesteem #mentalhealth #psychology #psychotherapy #relationship #therapist #letgo #selfcare #selflove #lifetransitions #identity #authenticity #worthit #privatepractice #onlinetherapy #growth #millennialtherapist #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #intentionalliving
A post shared by Sara Kuburić, MA, CCC (@millennial.therapist) on Jan 1, 2020 at 11:01am PST
Millennial Therapist is run by Sara Kuburić, MA, CCC and takes the form of bulleted lists, “gentle reminders,” and note-to-self posts. Kuburić helps us restructure our language to be gentler and more honest with ourselves, all while posting in a minimalist feed.