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Follow These Mental Health Professionals On Instagram For Some Social Media Therapy

Follow These Mental Health Professionals On Instagram For Some Social Media Therapy

After celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma spoke publically about their mental illnesses, it opened up a dialogue about the otherwise hush-hush topic in India. While normalising mental health issues in India still has a long way to go, people are now more aware and open to seeking treatment. 

Research shows that all chronic illnesses have a mental health connection, including diseases like thyroid, diabetes and cancer. Almost everyone deals with a certain amount of stress on a regular basis. And while not everyone needs therapy, they sure can benefit from it. And most importantly--not everyone has access to and can afford therapy. Keeping this in mind, some mental health professionals are taking their knowledge to Instagram and reaching out to Millenials and Gen Z through a medium where they spend a lot of their time.

According to Tanvii Bhandari, Counselling Psychologist at Anchorage Counselling Services, the aim of any therapist is to heal people, and social media gives them a wide audience. "I don't want to limit myself to just my clients. Over the years, I've realised that there are many common issues that people are dealing with. If a post on my Instagram can spark a healthy thought or give someone hope on a dreary day, then I feel like I've achieved something," she said.

However, Tanvii makes it clear that Instagram cannot replace therapy, or help you with your personalised problems. "Posts on Instagram will always remain generic, and therapy is personal and incredibly more effective. With social media, the principle of something is better nothing applies."

If you're struggling with your mental health and looking for some positivity on social media, these are the accounts that you should follow.

@millennial.therapist

PhD researcher Sara Kuburić calls herself an 'existential psychotherapist' and uses her professional knowledge and experience to reach out to millennials--in the form of bite-sized wisdom. She explores topics like boundaries, personal growth, trust and imposter syndrome, among others. 

Click here to follow her on Instagram.

@thebraincoach

This account is run by Nawal Mustafa, a doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology. She uses art and social media to share her knowledge about the subject. She encourages her followers to use her content as a guide to improve their social health, and focuses on issues like anxiety, depression, burn out and low self-worth.

Click here to follow her on Instagram.

@theshrinkwrap

Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) specialist Sheva Rajaee's own mental health journey led her to become a professional. She got diagnosed with OCD in college, and is now the founder of The Center for Anxiety and OCD in California, United States. She holds a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and talks extensively about OCD, especially relationship OCD, on her Instagram page.

Click here to follow her on Instagram.

@anchoragecounsellingservices

Anchorage Counselling Services is run by Tanvii Bhandari, and she uses cute illustrations and art to talk about sensitive issues like self-love and personal growth. Make sure you read her detailed captions when you scroll through her feed! 

Click here to follow her on Instagram.

@lisaoliveratherapy

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When my husband and I first started dating in 2009, I wanted him to save me. I wanted him to be my everything, to pull me out of my own suffering, and to be the thing that healed me. I recycled old patterns, stories, and scenarios early on in our relationship. I clung tightly and pushed at the same time. I hesitated to let myself be loved, seen, or fully known while at the same time insisting that he never understood me. What I didn’t know back then was that the only person who would save me, be my everything, and pull me out of my own suffering was myself. We view relationships (of any kind) as the answer to our problems and the key to our healing while also blaming them for our discontent and frustration. The truth is that our relationships are often mirrors of ourselves. It wasn’t until I started taking responsibility for my own healing, growth, and life that my relationship became healthier. It wasn’t until my partner and I began living our own lives non-threatened that we could grow. It wasn't until we identified and owned our patterns that we began shifting away from protection and towards connection. And, it wasn’t until I put my joy, presence, and existence into my own hands that I freed up space for my relationship to be a container for those things instead of a requirement or obstacle to getting them. Our culture highlights relationships as “goals” to achieve but fails to talk about what actually leads to relational joy and contentment. Relationships aren’t meant to be easy, free of work, or static; instead, they are meant to be reminders of where we still have work to do, a space of humans doing their own work coming together in support and reverence, and a place of freedom to not stay the same if the same is no longer working. Love is not needing someone to stay the same for the sake of your own comfort and instead supporting them to come home to themselves, over and over again. What has helped grow your relationship, whether with others or with yourself? What did you learn about relationships growing up? What needs shifting and what needs nurturing? And, what are you wanting to bring to your relationship(s) moving forward? 💫

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Lisa Oliver is a licenced Marriage and Family Therapist based in the United States, and explores issues of self-criticism, doubt, sadness, anxiety, and fear through her Instagram handle.

Click here to follow her on Instagram.  

@theanxietyhealer

Alison Seponara is a licensed therapist and mindfulness teacher. She curates her instagram feed with mental health inspiration from around the web, and uses fun graphics and charts that make you think about your mental health.

Click here to follow her on Instagram.

@withawakenintolove

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“Kiyomi, I was doing so well, and now I’m having a bad day filled with anxiety” “I felt so connected with my partner, and now I feel disconnected and numb again” “I was anxiety free for a week, but now I’m ruminating again” I used to feel so discouraged when I went from doing “well” to relapsing. ⠀ ⠀ It felt like I was being teased... FINALLY, I was given what I had been wanting for months! Moments of connection, feelings of intimacy! I craved this. ⠀ ⠀ But then I would get triggered, or more interestingly, I would notice that I was feeling GREAT and then worry about the fact that I felt great. “What if it comes back?” And then BOOM, hello, dear old friend ROCD.⠀⠀ ⠀ I would feel defeated. I would sulk in my misery, which would spiral into thoughts of failure, disappointment “what if this never gets better? Maybe this really isn’t right. Maybe this is just the truth” with a complete disregard of the fact that I just had a good hour of connecting with my partner!⠀ ⠀ And the self defeating thoughts and depression would kick in.⠀⠀ ⠀ I had to have a hand full of those moments until one day I had an idea. ⠀ ⠀ “What if I instead of getting defeated about relapse, I took it as a necessary part of the healing journey? What if instead of getting disappointed, I got excited because THESE are the areas where I GET to retrain my brain OUT of ROCD?” ⠀ ⠀ And so I practiced this. Instead of seeing relapses and regressions as bad, I took them on as a challenge to heal. And not only that, I did the research: Relapse and regression is necessary in order to heal. The brain is rewiring in those moments! I knew if the journey was up and down, that I was progressing, because success isn’t a straight line. ⠀ ⠀ And so over time I trusted. I changed my perspective and I kept learning. ⠀ ⠀ Until the moments of regression and relapse got smaller. ⠀ ⠀ Until the moments of self defeat got shorter... and instead... the moments of connection and intimacy just got much, much longer. ⠀

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Kiyomi and Alexis are Relationship OCD specialists and coaches who run online courses and manage a community on the topic. Their work has been featured on international websites like Forbes and Thrive, and they use their Instagram page to spread more knowledge and give useful tips on the topic.

Click here to follow them on Instagram.

We hope this list helps your mental well-being in the form of tiny nuggets of therapy. You can also reach out to these therapists if you feel you're ready for an individual consultation. 

Here's to saying no to the negativity of social media and personalising it to make a positive space.

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