Updated: Jun 29
It's important to note that seeking therapy is a personal decision and should be done under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional, just like us at The Wellbeing Therapy Hut. While watching movies and TV shows can sometimes provide comfort and inspiration, they should not be used as a substitute for professional therapy.
That being said, there are some movies and TV shows that can touch on mental health themes and provide insight into the human experience that might resonate with people seeking therapy.
Here are a few suggestions that could help you during your therapy journey, as there are some themes that could resonate.
Bojack Horseman - This is an animated TV show that explores depression, addiction, and trauma through the lens of a former TV star who struggles with his past mistakes. As an animation, it might not work for everyone, but if that works for you, it could be worth a look.
This Is Us - This is a family themed drama TV show, depicting a family's journey through life's struggles and joys. There are a range of topics covered from addiction, anxiety, grief, and body image.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - If you're looking for a movie to watch, rather than a TV show, then this is a movie that follows a high school kid struggling with mental health issues such as depression and PTSD.
Silver Linings Playbook - Another movie that explores the complex relationships and struggles of two people dealing with mental health issues, including bipolar disorder and OCD.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - This is a movie that deals with memory and identity, and how they shape our experiences and relationships.
Pamela, A Love Story - This is new on Netflix, which is a bit of a memoir of Pamela Anderson. There are a lot of interesting points about childhood, trauma, and an inner child focus. If you have an interest in psychology, then it could be interesting from that point of view alone.
Couples Therapy - Found on BBC iPlayer, this is an interesting take on a couple going through therapy. If this is something that you and your
The Banshees of Inisherin -On Netflix, this movie features Colin Farrell, and has a number of existential themes. There are some themes of loss and friendships.
The Whale - The brand new movie featuring Brendan Fraser is a heartbreaking movie of an obese man, based in his home. There are a lot of themes around empathy and understanding another person's trauma. Just remember to have your tissues at the ready as it is a tearjerker.
Inside Out - This is a Disney film that will be suitable for all, but could work well for younger children or 'tweens' that are feeling all their feelings. It is an animated movie that explores the emotions of a young girl and the importance of processing and acknowledging all of those emotions, including sadness
Again, while these movies and TV shows can be insightful and moving, they should not be a substitute for professional therapy. If you're struggling with mental health issues, seeking help which could include therapy, is the best way to get the support and guidance you need.
If you have any questions about therapy or want to find out more about what we do, please get in contact with us today. We offer affordable therapy to really make therapy something that more and more people can access.