Celebrities Share How Therapy Helped Them Live Better Lives

What if talking about therapy was as innocuous as talking about the weather?

A recently launched web series is dismantling the stigma around therapy ― by having a completely unexciting conversation about it. The series, called “Shrink,” features celebrities like Lena Dunham and Sarah Silverman opening up about their own therapy experiences.

The short-form project was created by “Girls” star Alex Karpovsky and filmmaker Teddy Blanks and premiered in late September on their website, Spielberg. Each video features an approximately two-minute interview in which someone shares how long they’ve been in therapy and how mental health support helped them.

“It’s changed my life. I have a therapist that I owe so much of the best of me to,” Silverman said in her video, noting that she has been in therapy on and off since childhood. “It can give you so much if you’re open to it … This has worked for me.”

Dunham, who revealed she has been in therapy for 23 years, talked about how seeing a professional taught her coping techniques for her obsessive-compulsive disorder. She also said it helped her not to define her life by her mental health condition.

“My therapist was the first person who pointed out to me how much of my life I had spent in service of other people’s perceptions of me,” she said.

Karpovsky and Blanks, who call themselves “the Spielberg’s” when they collaborate together ― inspiring the name of their website ― told BuzzFeed News they hope to produce a second season of the web series and completely normalize the topic of therapy.

Blanks told BuzzFeed News that when he was growing up, therapy wasn’t even presented as an option for him. That all changed when he moved to New York and decided to seek help after a series of life challenges that were taking a toll on his mental health.

“I went into therapy and within a couple of years, it completely changed the way I thought about myself, what I was doing, and how I was dealing with things,” he said.

Tom Petty dead at 66: Musicians, celebrities react

Tom Petty dead at 66 after full cardiac arrest

Rocker Tom Petty has died after suffering full cardiac arrest. He was 66 years old. Petty just recently wrapped up a long leg of his tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Tom Petty, the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Monday after he was found unconscious at his California home. He was 66.

Tony Dimitriades, the band’s manager, announced the singer’s death in a statement. Petty was reportedly taken off life support after going into cardiac arrest on Sunday at his Malibu home.

Celebrities paid their tributes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer after his death. Here’s what’s being said:

“It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom,” Bob Dylan said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Coldplay performed a rendition of “Free Fallin'” at their show in Portland with Peter Buck. The band posted the performance on its Twitter page.

“I’m crushed… Praying for all those affected by Vegas last night. And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty today,” Bon Jovi wrote.

“We will forever be in debt to Tom Petty. He has and will continue to inspire us in immeasurable ways. Love you, Tom,” Jimmy Eat World wrote.

“God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you, Tom,” Ringo Starr wrote on his Twitter page.

“No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to become a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music,” Paul Stanley said.

Peter Gabriel paid his tribute to Petty by saying: “Very sad to say goodbye to Tom Petty, he was a kind and generous man, an excellent musician…”

“Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time,” Paul McCartney wrote.

John Mayer wrote on Twitter: “I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly,”

“This is unbearable. Vegas and now a great music hero has passed,” Sheryl Crow wrote on Twitter. “You brought us so much joy, @tompetty. We will miss you.”

“Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please,” Stevie Van Zandt wrote. “A brother and true believer.”

“Just when I thought today could not get any worse… R.I.P. Tom Petty,” Kid Rock said. “Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.”

“Safe passages to the Summerlands, brother. You couldn’t have left more dreams here for us. Thank you. RIP,” Ryan Adams said.

“Yesterday was a living nightmare. More sad news today losing Tom Petty,” Jake Owen said. “Life is short. Live it. Love u all.”

“Tom Petty was gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways,” Steven King said.

“Oh, man Tom Petty is gone. He was really great. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go to his family right now. RIP,” Cyndi Lauper said on Twitter.

Phillip Phillips wrote: “RIP Tom Petty. One of my heroes.”

“We are heartbroken beyond words. Shattered,” Nickelback said in a post on their Twitter account.

“Sending love & light to Adria and the Petty family. Tom Petty Wonderful father, adoring grandpa and musical treasure,” Patricia Arquette said.

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik said: “What a loss for the music world. RIP.”

Bruce Springsteen tweeted, “Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty.”

The estate of late Beatles singer George Harrison posted that Petty was “tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage.”

Former Beatles singer Paul McCartney also tweeted, recalling Petty as a “lovely, intelligent and talented man.”