Jessica Alba has spoken openly about why she no longer goes to therapy with her daughters.
At the BabyList showroom in Beverly Hills, the Honest Company co-founder spoke candidly about her daughters Honor Marie, 15, and Haven Garner, 12, who began going to therapy without her gift as they had in the past . “We don’t do it together anymore,” Alba told People. “They do it themselves. They are older now.
However, the Fantastic Four One former student took the opportunity to highlight the importance of “ending stereotypes or stigmas that may be attached” to therapy and promoting mental health awareness from a young age.
“Especially if you didn’t grow up culturally with [therapy], I’m Mexican-American and we really didn’t grow up with that,” Alba added. “And we always thought there was something wrong with you, or that you didn’t want to tell people you were going to a therapist.”
She continued: “But you just need to be more connected and aware of your emotional situation so you can thrive. Who doesn’t want that? And being able to be there for your children and for yourself, I think that’s important.
The previous month, Alba said People that her daughters were learning to communicate their feelings effectively through their therapy sessions. “They’re at the age where their therapy is more individual, but it’s given them, I think, a language in which they can communicate with me their needs differently,” the actor said.
“It’s so nice to be able to give them the tools to understand themselves better and be able to really express their needs,” she continued. “But when they were nine, ten, eleven, it was different. They didn’t have the same kind of agency they have today.
“So now they say, ‘Mom, I want to be able to talk to my therapist and you don’t always listen,'” he said. Dear » remarked the actor. Alba shares her daughters, Honor and Haven, and son Hayes, five, with her longtime husband, Cash Warren.
Alba first shared that she was attending therapy sessions with her daughter Honor in an episode of Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt’s Instagram series. Before, during and after baby in July 2021. The following year, Alba revealed that Haven also participated in mother-daughter therapy sessions in Glamor United KingdomJuly/August 2022 digital issue.
“I went with both of them. And around puberty is when I think, for me, with my daughters,” she shared with the outlet. “That’s when they started to shut down and really say to yourself: ‘I don’t want to talk anymore.’ And I’m like, ‘We’re not doing that. We need to keep a line of communication here. How can I be a better parent to you? How do you want me to talk to you? Don’t exclude me.’
“Like my 13-year-old daughter, I find it hard not to treat her like a little girl. [kid] – I want to treat them all like babies. I want to keep them,” Alba added, acknowledging that she has a hard time letting go as her daughter is about to become a teenager. So far, she has found therapy to be a healthy way for Honor and Haven to express their concerns and address their problems.