5 Tips To Encourage Someone To Go To Therapy

Last Update on April 5, 2023 : Published on September 13, 2020
Encourage Someone To Go To Therapy

When your loved ones are going through a tough time due to whatsoever reasons and need therapeutic assistance, you cannot go without encouraging them to see a therapist. In fact, research and statistics show that mental illnesses are powerful enough to interfere in people’s lives and let them feel disabled despite the good physical condition.

A therapy can effectively help a person to recover from mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, ADHD, etc. but the truth is that only one out of three people seek out help. Hence, it automatically becomes your responsibility towards your loved one to convince them for a therapist.

But the question that naturally pops us is how to know if they are dealing with some mental disorder!

When To Encourage Someone To See A Therapist

As explained by American Psychological Association, there are some common signs of distress that one could notice in others including the following:

  • Declining performance in everyday activities.
  • Changes in mood like irritability, anger, sadness, and anxiety.
  • Disturbed sleeping pattern or insomniac
  • Isolating themselves and complete withdrawal from social activities.
  • Changes in weight and appearance.
  • Significant behavioral changes
  • Substance abuse
  • Talking about harming themselves

It is understood if they are denying treatment considering mental health as a stigma but it is your foremost duty to assure them that mental illness and therapies are as normal as any other disease. Give them examples of those people who have stepped up and recovered sooner than usual.

For example, celebrities who fought depression and celebrities who won over bipolar disorder.

How To Encourage Someone To See Therapist?

1. Be Insightful Of Your Approach

In order to help someone who needs therapy, you need to be a little cautious with your approach which neither hurts them nor make them angry forever. Ask them to open up the wraps and let the thoughts flow out while assuring that you won’t judge them. When they are actually comfortable, the chances of being truthful are more.

Be empathetic with your words. When you say ‘I am worried for you’ or ‘I am really concerned about your’, it makes the person feel that he or she is not alone. Yes, they may become angry facing the reality but you need to balance between the space they are seeking and the empathy you show.

It would be great if you can accompany them for a walk in nature or simply take them out for a movie. Talk to them when the mood is good and the time is right!

2. Assure Them About Being Confidential

Even if they are not able to manage the stigma around mental health issues, you can assure them about keeping the discussion confidential. In fact, you can show them various blogs on Calm Sage and other reliable platforms which openly speak about the importance of mental health to make them understand the gravity of the situation.

Before anything else, make sure that you educate yourself about the signs and symptoms they are facing and talk to them about all the topics with logical research.

3. If Not Ready To Go, Convince For Online Therapy

Although you might be convincing them to go for therapy in-person, one can also make the best out of online therapy. And why not?

There are licensed therapists who share the same time and knowledge with their patients as offline and make it easier for you to attain therapy from home. One can even log in to find therapists from other corners of the world whom they never have to meet in person.

Of course, you can’t drag them to take the therapy but booking an appointment is certainly not a bad idea for a start. So, drop us a message at info@calmsage.com for your loved one and ask us to set up the counseling.

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4. Make It Easier For Them

All through the conversation of encouraging someone to see a therapist, you have to make sure that there is no blaming on their depression or habits. Rather tell them that they must seek help for their family, kids, and other people who love them. Tell them that life is full of experimentation and they must not refrain from trying out new things for betterment.

Assure them that you are there for them in every possible way. If you can afford to pay for them, don’t forget to offer the deal.

5. Focus On The Outcome

Everyone is scared of the operation but they enjoy the fact that their health improves after one, right? This is what you have to quote to the person whom you are encouraged to see a therapist. Show them the brighter side of treatment and how they can enjoy their life post sessions.

In fact, counseling gives them an insight into self-understanding, self-acceptance, and improved relationships. Give them the idea that with your support and encouragement, they can be a lot better and enjoy the kind of life they always wanted.

Encourage Someone To Go To Therapy


There is nothing better than seeing your loved one healthy and happy, even if it takes you to convince them to go to therapy. Promise yourself that you will take care of them and meanwhile, let Calm Sage be your partner all through the journey.

If you need any further help, a simple message at info@calmsage.com can really act as a change.

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About The Author

Akanksha Soni
Akanksha Soni

Akanksha is an active lifestyle blogger and writer at Calmsage. She has learnt various lessons on happiness and methods to fight depression through 'Gurus' as well as own experiences. An ardent practitioner of Yoga and meditation, she keeps traveling, writes and interacts with people to feel alive.


  1. Forb

    Really appreciate this blog! As you rightly said, in most cases we have convince the other person to get the therapy, there are times, when a person who is stressed out or someone going through a tough time himself or herself needs and outlet. They themselves would want someone who can understand them...What if the person stressed out is giving out all the hints that they need a therapy but the friends/ family are brushing it off as stigma? Please, do address this issue if you can.

    1. Akanksha Soni
      Akanksha Soni

      I believe if the person has realized that they need therapy, there is nothing better than this. Please email the problem straight away at info@calmsage.com and encourage yourself for the therapy. Even if no one is there to help, we are!

  2. mariya jonsan
    mariya jonsan

    First one Be Insightful Of Your Approach is one the best because from this you can easily encourage someone.

  3. Aditi Singh
    Aditi Singh

    After reading this blog, I think encouraging someone for having a therapy is not that tough task. The think you need is to show your concern before your loved ones as you can not pressurize someone.

  4. Aayushi Kapoor
    Aayushi Kapoor

    Useful information... thanks for sharing

  5. CHTN

    been considered as a taboo for a loooong time... someone needs to break the ice finally

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