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You need to follow these therapists on TikTok

Aimee Pearcy   

You need to follow these therapists on TikTok
  • Therapists are using their TikTok platforms to increase awareness of mental health issues.
  • Their videos cover a wide range of topics, including anxiety, depression, and relationships.

Watching TikTok videos will never replace going to therapy and working on mental health with a trained professional. But for many, the platform has become a useful educational resource that has helped them to learn more about psychology and understand themselves better.

Many of the videos have been created by trained professionals who want to reduce the stigma around mental health, help people identify their patterns, and offer advice, and the genre is popular — the #TherapyTok hashtag has 2 billion views.

In a sea of creators, here are 10 of the most popular therapy TikTok creators who you should follow.

Julie Smith (Dr. Julie)


Last one is the most important ❤️

♬ original sound - Dr Julie | Psychologist

Dr. Julie Smith is a clinical psychologist based in the UK who started posting content on social media in 2019 after running her own private practice for almost a decade, according to her website.

On TikTok, she goes by the username @drjulie, and has 4.7 million followers.

She uses her platform to share mental health education and insights from psychology research to help people to understand anxiety and depression, and learn more about how their mind works. She also posts videos to help people cope with stress, burnout, grief, depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Courtney Tracy (The Truth Doctor) As a therapist with mental health issues, I know what it feels like to be in survival mode. I also know, after the last 33 years, that we as human beings can both help and heal ourselves. When you are doing everything you can to make ends meet, that can cause stress and anxiety. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or that you’re incapable. It means life is HARD right now. It’s ok to not be ok. And it’s never to late to ask for support. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. FREE resources are available. Call or text 833-317-HOPE (4673) or LIVE CHAT at For peer emotional support for all Californians go to Psst, don’t forget: You’re a human first, your unconscious is showing, and I’m so glad you exist. ❤️Dr. Courtney #calHOPE #california #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #ocd #ptsd #perfectionism #stress #trauma #cptsd #borderline #autism #adhd #socialanxiety #codependency #attachment #parenting #freeresources ♬ original sound - Dr. Courtney | Therapist

Dr. Courtney Tracy is a licensed social worker and a doctor of clinical psychology, according to her website, and has over 10 years of experience working with clients, including founding a treatment center in California.

Tracy posts TikTok videos on her account, where she has 1.8 million followers, and specializes in substance use and borderline personality disorder.

She uses her platform to help people set and assert boundaries and deal with trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety. She occasionally responds to videos by other creators and offers advice to help them cope with stressful situations.

Shani Tran (The Shani Project)

@theshaniproject Let me pause my breakdown and encourage you #funny #therapistsoftiktok❤️ ♬ original sound - theshaniproject

Shani Tran is a therapist with a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in educational psychology, according to her LinkedIn account. She is also the founder of the mental health services provider "The Shani Project."

Tran goes by the TikTok username @theshaniproject, and has over 500,000 followers on her account.

She uses her platform to destigmatize mental health issues and provide tips for other therapists. In her TikTok bio, she includes a caveat for her audience: "TikTok is not therapy."

Micheline Maalouf

@micheline.maalouf Important: Speaking up for ourselves and setting boundaries can feel aggressive and mean if you were always taught to push your feelings an needs aside. This can come from: 1. growing up in a home where you were discouraged expressing yourself and setting boundaries 2. Being passive was modeled to you because your parents or caregivers also couldn’t or didn’t have the skills to set boundaries or speak up 3. It was dangerous for you to speak up because if you did then it would mean punishment or abuse 4. You were laughed at, criticized or picked in for trying to express yourself and were called too sensitive 5. Being highly empathetic and feeling bad to express your needs because you know it might hurt someone else’s feelings. You feel guilty and you shame yourself because it’s not your norm. Because you got the wrong messages around boundaries and you’re afraid people won’t like you or will think badly of you. Get comfortable with the discomfort of being disliked and remind yourself younger parts that being disliked now is safe. It’s not like being disliked while growing up and you’re no longer in danger. Here are some things to keep in mind 1. speaking up and setting boundaries keeps your relationships healthy. Without them you grow resentment and unhealthy patterns 2. Boundaries don’t have to be mean or insensitive. They can be worded nicely and gently 3. Don’t expect others to uphold your boundaries. It’s up to you to take action when they continue to be crossed. 4. You will be liked and respected more when you set boundaries. You will also like yourself more As always, I understand that this pattern isn’t always due trauma but given this page is a trauma page this is what will be discussed here! Have you ever immediately regretted setting a boundary? Let me know what part of this video resonated #cptsd #ptsd #cptsdawareness #trauma #therapytok #boundary ♬ Classical Music - Classical Music

Micheline Maalouf is a neurodivergent Arab-American licensed counselor and mental health creator, according to her bio.

She goes by the TikTok username @micheline.maalouf, and has 1.1 million followers.

Maalouf uses her platform to post content about how to set boundaries, how to deal with ADHD and intrusive thoughts, and how to identify and cope with trauma responses.

Nadia Addesi

@nadiaaddesi Symptoms are not signs. Remember, anxiety can look different for everyone & these can be symptoms of other things as well❤️ #mentalhealth ♬ Water - Tyla

Nadia Addesi is a registered social worker and therapist who helps her clients understand and manage their emotions, and regulate their nervous system, according to her profile on Psychology Today.

On TikTok she goes by the username @nadiaaddesi, and she has 2.9 million followers.

Addesi posts content about how to identify signs of anxiety and depression, how to cope with low self-esteem, how to deal with loneliness, and shares tips for improving self-worth.

Sarah Ahmed (The POC Therapist)

@the.poc.therapist You know what's a real flex? When they say, "I am grateful for my therapy work, because of it today I can, I am able to, and this version of me is possible by way of.. " Therapy is not an aesthetic to get you through the door. Therapy work is real. It takes time. It takes courage. It takes discipline. Social media, as great as it is at providing you with insight and resources - is not a substitute for therapy, and we have to be careful when navigating these spaces that therapy is not an aesthetic; it's a resource and a point of place for healing. #therapyminis #greenflags #relationshipgreenflags ♬ original sound - Sarah Ahmed

Sarah Ahmed is a psychotherapist with a master's degree in counseling. She works with people who are struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, or general life stressors, according to her website. She also runs Leena, a BIPOC-focused mental health platform.

On TikTok she goes by the username @the.poc.therapist, and she has 164,000 followers.

She posts BIPOC-focused content about setting boundaries and navigating jealousy, codependency, and conflict in relationships.

Matthias J Barker


It's tough to genuinely connect with a parent you have mixed feelings towards, especially when you're constantly reminded of past hurt. If this resonates with you, I’m doing a FREE event on October 23rd on how to manage conflict and handle stressful situations just like this. You can secure your spot using the link in my bio! #matthiasjbarker #parents #resentment #connectionmatters #healingjourney #healthyboundaries #mentalhealth #healingprocess

♬ original sound - Matthias

Matthias Barker is a therapist based in Spokane, Washington, with a master's degree in mental health, according to his LinkedIn profile. As well as offering private virtual therapy sessions, he provides courses and workshops designed to help people heal trauma, cope with anxiety, and set boundaries.

On TikTok, Barker goes by the username @matthiasjbarker, and he has 2.7 million followers on his account.

He posts content about how to navigate difficult relationships with parents, how to deal with conflict and criticism in relationships, and how to start taking the steps needed to heal from trauma.

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