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->''"His mom is dead, his dad was missing and presumed dead, he's running around with a military organization...it's not exactly conducive to therapy--and, of course, because itís TV, therapists donít exist."''
-->-- '''Connor Jessup''' on his character Ben Mason from ''Series/FallingSkies''

In most fiction, there are ''no'' official systems in place to protect those who are psychologically vulnerable. Nobody is ever concerned that the kid who watched their parents die might be considering suicide, [[FreudianExcuse homicide]], or [[Franchise/{{Batman}} fighting crime]] [[Series/{{Dexter}} without due process]]. Fiction is full of [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Lawyers]] but this will be ignored so long as they're not [[AxCrazy crazy with axes]].

This trope isn't saying the solution to every mental problem is to go to a head shrink; merely that there is an extreme amount of GenreBlindness regarding traumatic experiences, probably for the sake of convenience and drama. Remember, FictionIsNotFair in regards to characters.

Can be a JustifiedTrope, as you can hardly ''expect'' a rag-tag band of rebels in an oppressive dystopia to open up to a potential informant and a historical setting may predate therapy altogether. That being said, protesters in the [[RealLife Occupy movement]] have sometimes provided free healthcare systems which can include mental health care. Presumably a therapist [[TheHerosJourney must show some form of solidarity to be trusted]].

May be an EnforcedTrope out of a belief that [[DysfunctionJunction fiction's more interesting that way]], because the writers think poorly of psychiatry--or maybe because the characters belong to a culture which places the responsibility for an individual's mental state on their [[ParentalAbandonment family]] and [[LonersAreFreaks friends]].

SisterTrope of AdultsAreUseless.

!! Related Tropes
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: If the character is involved in TheMasquerade and can't confess their trauma over fighting cyborgs or vampires to a therapist without ending up [[BedlamHouse locked up]] and "treated" until they're [[GoAmongMadPeople exponentially more screwed up]].
* DysfunctionJunction: For stories (or works) where a main plot of the story is that those ''entire'' characters being cast are ''crazy''.
* PsychoPsychologist: They're making the situation worse.
* TheShrink: If a character does go to a therapist but the therapist is unskilled, condemnatory, or otherwise problematic, see TheShrink; versions 1 and 2. If this trope is averted when the character goes to a good therapist and gets the help they need, see TheShrink; version 3.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: If the character has been offered therapy, but rejected it.

In the case of children, there may be overlap with SocialServicesDoesNotExist. Can also overlap with TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[http://www.mangareader.net/all-rounder-meguru/47/8 Lampshaded]] in ''Manga/AllRounderMeguru'' as part of a critique of Japanese beliefs in stoicism over therapy.
* Lampshaded in an episode in the English dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. When Ken (who joined after a HeelRealization, having been the most insane villain they'd faced yet - yes, surpassing the MonsterClown) suggests that Wormmon talk to a therapist about his problems, Wormmon asks why ''he'' didn't talk to someone before [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential becoming the Digimon Emperor]]?
* Unintentionally {{Lampshaded}} in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' when [[DeadpanSnarker Kaji]] comments "Those kids are our last hope, who knows what they're going through?" Many HumongousMecha series feature characters who clearly have flagrant psychological issues which are inexplicably overlooked so long as they are good pilots, which naturally never lasts for long.
* Strikingly averted in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', in which Ken Murata was sent to therapy as a child to help him [[spoiler:cope with his PastLifeMemories and assert his own personal identity]]. He comes out of it reasonably well-adjusted, considering, and remains friends with his therapist.
* Averted twice in ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai''.
** Marika is a [[{{transsexual}} trans girl]] in middle school at the cusp of puberty. After her voice starts breaking, with encouragement from friends, she comes out to her mother and asks to visit a therapist. After briefly staying home from school she returns living as a girl.
** After the death of her daughter Ryousuke's mom has been in poor mental health. To help her Ryou began dressing up as his sister. Eventually his girlfriend catches him and gets him to explain why he's crossdressing. When she learns the truth she tells her parents who get Ryousuke's mom care for her problems. Ryou is sent to live with his dad but later he sees his mom in the hospital, who is recovering well.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' v2 #2, where Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} murdered the Kingpin and went insane with guilt. While he's running around, he bumps into [[NinetiesAntiHero the Punisher]]. When he sees just how broken Daredevil's become, Castle actually recommends a psychiatrist and offers to take him there personally.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''; so far, no member of the group past or present has been a therapist. For all we know, there might not be any therapists left.
** Lampshaded by Sergeant Ford in issue 61.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Lampshaded in an author's note for the ''Anime/MaiHime'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4004316/1/Windows-of-the-Soul Windows of the Soul]]'':
-->''Sometimes I wonder whether it would be easier if I just had Shizuru see a psycologist. The problem being, how does she say "I have a huge guilt complex over killing scores of people with my summoned demon named after the legendary Kiyohime" without being put in an asylum? Perhaps the First District has specialized psycologists. Oh, wait. She blew them up. That's what she's guilty about.''
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Discussed. When Shinji and Asuka arrive on Avalon, they meet Ching, who is actually a trained therapist. But she won't act as one unless one of them ask her to, and so she told them.
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat'' has a subversion. While Tsunade helps Naruto deal with his issues, she only tries to help when Naruto ''allows'' her to considering how stubborn he is. She does however lament that it would've been nice to have a Yamanaka along to help but since two of them where involved in brainwashing Naruto, the clan is on her shitlist at the moment.
* ''Fanfic/ADifferentDursleyFamily'': {{Averted|Trope}}. Petunia met one when she realized she was letting her jealousy towards Lily affect the way she treated Harry.
* This is played straight later in the Gensokyo20XX series, with the latter half taking place in the aftermath of nuclear war, in which case there was no way to deal with a then mentally ill Ran and very mentally ill Reimu, especially so in the latter case since finding a therapist would mean sending her to a BedlamHouse, which are feared for due reason. This is subverted earlier in the series with Yukari, in which they aided in her recovery.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Since neither of the pilots had any therapy in spite of their blatant psychological traumas and the pressure and distress associated with being ChildSoldiers, Kaoru's plan to [[spoiler:avert Third Impact]] was becoming his teacher and giving them therapy and counseling surreptitiously.
* Lampshaded in ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'', the students of Hogwarts survived a year of genocidal torture and war, and all they have at the end are each other for comfort. The only thing the wizarding world at large tossed them is a bunch of nosy reporters. Everyone ended up learning to deal with his or her PTSD themselves. Some retreated into domesticity, some became lawmen, one became a [[spoiler:vigilante serial killer]], another [[spoiler:became a drug addict]], and everyone had nightmares.
* Played with in the Italian remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'': on one hand, there's an implied lack of therapists outside Earth ([[WesternAnimation/WinxClub the planet Magix]] had exactly ''one'': [[ManipulativeBitch Darcy]]. Sure, she was professional enough to make sure she couldn't abuse of it, but still...), and for a number of reasons the {{Magical Girl}}s tend to avoid them; on the other, as soon as [[TheUnmasquedWorld the fall of the Veil]] makes it possible [[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} the Oracle]] instructs the Guardians of Kandrakar to bring Ari's autistic son to Earth for therapy, neatly solving the mess of ''W.I.T.C.H.''[='=]s third story arc before it can start.
* Discussed in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/YourServantMistress''. It takes place in a real life setting, so the main character can get treatment for her PTSD ... or could, if she was able to trust someone with her problems. Diaval mentions having seen a therapist in the past.
* In ''Fanfic/TangledAdventuresInArendelle'', well, this is set in a period where therapy and psychology wouldn't be as developed. In fact, Eugene notes that Elsa has "many demons" from her past that she's still struggling with after the movie. However, the main cast does the best they can with what they can do, acting as friends and makeshift therapists to each other in order to help with their many problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' fanfics sometime have [[ManipulativeBastard Darcy]] as the only decent one on Magix. In ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'' she boasts of being the best of the Magical Dimension... Before admitting that she's also the only one who knows what she's doing, and that she's only decent when compared to Earth therapists.

* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', galactic medical science is pretty advanced ó when it comes to purely physical ailments. But the vast majority of the plot is driven by characters with glaring psychological problems who seem to have no formal support mechanisms whatsoever. The closest that the old Jedi Order had was Yoda, who generally seems to have counseled troubled Jedi to become TheSpock and not allow their emotions to get to them. TheDarkSide thrives thanks to this.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheWorldOfHenryOrient''; when Marian first hears her new best friend Valerie leaves school early every day to see a psychiatrist, she thinks it's this shocking thing, especially when her mother and her mother's best friend Boothy act shocked when they hear the news. However, it turns out the only reason they were shocked is because of how young Valerie is (13 or so), and both of them each saw a psychiatrist briefly after their respective divorces.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': You'd think that Hank would try to get a therapist to help Charles with his depression and substance abuse, yet it doesn't happen. It could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] that Xavier wants to avoid mental health professionals because it's suggested that he was treated like a schizophrenic patient as a child, and considering how a few psychiatric practices of the 1940's are viewed as unethical today, Charles has no desire to risk a repeat of his past experience.

* Ward of ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' has been ObfuscatingStupidity, and therefore is to be sent to an institution for insane nobles, a very nice and comfy place, from which, allegedly, many recovered patients returned to society. [[spoiler: When he ''is'' brought there, it is with the intent to ''make'' him go crazy and stay that way. And he's not the only one getting that treatment.]]
* Played with in every way in Bujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. The main character is from Barrayar, a feudal militaristic culture where one is expected to go through hell and get over it without complaints and ''definitely'' [[ThereAReNoTherapists without therapy]], but his mother is from Beta Colony, a high-tech hyper-sophisticated and modern world where all is well-regulated and therapy is the normal response to any trauma or psychological issue. The trope is inverted in the first book for both worlds: Cordelia's awesome Betan therapists refuse to believe she is actually sane and wasn't brainwashed into falling in love with the enemy and she ends up having to run away, while it's revealed that Barrayaran therapy of the kind [[spoiler: Bothari]] went through is possibly [[MindRape worse]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia than]] the original trauma. In later books the trope is played straight (and Lampshaded by Cordelia repeatedly), especially where Barrayar is concerned. But it is thankfully averted for [[spoiler: Mark]] after a book or two, because he [[TykeBomb really]] [[MindRape REALLY]] [[SplitPersonality needs]] it.
* Dr. Lense in the ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' series has a serious case of PTSD from the Dominion War, but specifically chose assignment to the ''[=DaVinci=]'' because the ship's complement is too small to have a counselor aboard. When Captain Gold finds out her performance as CMO is slipping, he tells her she can work out her issues with him as a sounding board or he'll have her downchecked for duty and booted off the ship pending a full psych workup.
* ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'': On Foxen Prime anyways, foxens are supposedly more mentally stable on average than humans so they have very little experience helping those who do develop mental illnesses, House Darktail has to import a psychologist from Earth to help Sallivera with the trauma inflicted by her abusive ex-husband.
* Averted in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. At first, Rose, Eddie, Christian and Mia just resume normal life after [[spoiler:watching Mason die]], but then Rose is sent to therapy after she starts seeing [[spoiler:Mason's ghost]]. She discovers that it's not PTSD, as she was told, but a side effect of being shadow-kissed.
* Averted in the ''Literature/AmberBrown'' books. After Amber's father breaks a major promise to her and she justifiably gets very upset and angry, he starts taking lessons from a counselor on how to be a better parent. They seem to work.
* Averted in ''Literature/VenusPrime'', where Sparta does see a therapist after her drug-fuelled rampage in the fourth book.
* Defied in ''Lierature/DoraWilkSeries'', as both Szelma and Eryk mention going on therapy sessions to deal with their respective problems.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': The districts don't largely seem to have therapists, leaving the traumatized victors to relive their nightmares yearly as they're forced to participate in the games (though it's implied that Katniss' mother was able to somehow gain access to one in order to get hold of drugs to treat her depression). {{Exploited|Trope}} by the Capitol to make them broken beyond repair and thus unable to fight back. Subverted in [[spoiler:District 13]]: all refugees are given psychological help and local specialists do everything they can to get [[spoiler:Peeta]] back to his old self after a MindRape. Before [[spoiler:the final attack on the Capitol]], soldiers are checked for possible psychological problems. ([[spoiler:Johanna]] gets sent to a mental facility). Katniss also goes through therapy after [[spoiler:her sisterís death]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Some police procedural and military themed series try to avert this trope with special episodes focused on the main characters being forced to attend mandatory counseling sessions to determine whether they are fit for duty.
** ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has the unique distinction of being both a standard procedural and an arc-based SciFi PostCyberpunk CrimeDrama series at the same time. When Reese goes to therapy in Season 4 [[spoiler:as part of his police detective cover identity]], his therapist is unable to properly treat his ChronicHeroSyndrome because of the secrets he has no choice but to harbor.
*** Also of note is the first therapist shown in the series [[spoiler:isn't a therapist at all but is instead a psychopath hacker in a cover identity.]]
* Averted in ''Series/{{Garo}}'''s first season, and justified in the sequel. When Kaoru dreams about her father's picture book at the start of the series, she regularly visits a therapist who helps her to explain this dreams, and helps her with the weird things she suffers since discovering the existence of Horrors. The justified during the second season comes from the fact that [[spoiler:the therapist was actually the BigBad of the first season and tried to sacrifice Kaoru to bring the end of the world]], which explains why she may not have desire to try therapy any time soon.
* Completely averted by ''Series/{{MASH}}'', in which Sidney Freedman is a recurring Type 3.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': JustifiedTrope in the case of Merlin. This is maybe a thousand years before therapy was even invented. In fact, Merlin himself may have had to invent therapy out of necessity to deal with everything he goes through. He's basically taken on the role of therapist to all of his friends (FridgeBrilliance as to why he [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis grows more manipulative and darker over the series]]; he shoulders A LOT of baggage).
* A surprising aversion in ''Series/{{Continuum}}''. Mostly, there's an implied AllTherapistsAreMuggles in play; the protagonist is from the future, so if she tried to talk about her problems, she'd get locked in an asylum. That's exactly what happened to another time traveler (though in fairness, he really was crazy, as evidenced by the fact that he didn't see anything wrong with chatting about being from the future). The aversion comes into play when Kiera strikes an officer in anger, and she finds out that her cybernetic AugmentedReality implant has a therapist AI ''built-in''. He's briefly an inversion of AllTherapistsAreMuggles; he doesn't believe that they're really in the past and assumes she's had a psychotic break, but when he can't contact headquarters, he tables that issue and moves on to her real problems.
* Averted on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Ross sees one when he's struggling with anger issues and both [[{{HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood}} Chandler]] and Monica mention that they've been to therapists and even discuss it in one episode.
-->'''Chandler:''' I hate having to see the shrink. He's always "oh, maybe people will like you better if you like yourself better". Who needs that?\\
'''Monica:''' You do!\\
'''Chandler:''' I know.
* Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles''; therapists of varying kinds are seen. Scully sees a therapist at least twice to discuss her problems. Mulder sees one to be hypnotized into remembering the events of his sister's abductions, and eventually takes Scully there to be hypnotized into remembering one of her own abductions.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Castle}}''. After Beckett is shot in the season 3 finale, she visits a therapist repeatedly over the course of the next season and it actually helps her a lot.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tried to avoid this somewhat by instituting the position of "Ship's Counselor", but still ran into it on occasion. ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had excuses though: Ezri Dax was still in training when she was assigned as counselor, while Captain Janeway said in an early episode that ''Voyager'' hadn't been expected to need one (being that the mission they were ''supposed'' to have took place well within shouting distance of a major starbase, Deep Space 9).
* Normally played invisibly straight in ''Series/ModernFamily''. Despite all the dysfunctional crap the family goes through, no one so much as implies some sort of professional help is needed. Not until Alex, stressed over a test, snaps at her own birthday party. The next morning, her parents are trying to figure out what to do (once again not even considering therapy), when Alex walks up and explains she's already found a psychiatrist with good reviews who is covered by their insurance, and she's scheduled an appointment with him later.
-->'''Phil:''' She's like a self-cleaning oven...


* ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'' features the overlap with AdultsAreUseless. Jimmy asks a therapist, vicar, and his mother in the very second song, but it doesn't do any good.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Inverted in ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''. The New Earth Government recognizes the inherent mental stability problems resulting from battling [[EldritchAbomination things from beyond the stars]] with BlackBox technology created from ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, and as a result they have an extensive psychiatric care infrastructure that puts anything in reality to shame.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This trope is literal in ''VideoGame/{{Furcadia}}'' as psychology has not been invented yet and magic generally only heals the body and not the mind. Several of the gods in this setting are also insane (oh, and like to wander among the mortals...).
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. We learn very early on that its BrokenHero, Gulcasa, has a lot of serious issues due to having been abused and abandoned by his parents, and he's only able to function because his childhood friends (who are also pretty much his adoptive parents) [[LivingEmotionalCrutch are there to act as amateur counselors for him]]. During the canon route of the game, Siskier dies, and [[TraumaCongaLine this is really only just the start]]. Gulcasa blames himself for everything, and winds up with a raging case of PTSD which [[FailureKnight makes him so terrified of failure]] that he stops hesitating altogether and starts acting much more stoically. His remaining childhood friend and mentor mistake his symptoms for Gulcasa losing his humanity, as [[FantasticRacism it was conveniently revealed that he's part demon]]. [[EtTuBrute And they try to kill him]], leaving Gulcasa a complete psychological wreck. The only people who even bother to try to help him have their own agendas, not to mention their own festering cesspools of mental-emotional trauma. In all likelihood, things wouldn't have gone [[KillEmAll quite so badly]] for Gulcasa and company [[YggdraUnion three years later]] if someone had just gotten the poor kid a competent grief counselor.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' if Mike is played as a brutal, violent {{Jerkass}} to Madison. She'll ask him if he has ever sought professional help. He replies that he hasn't, because he ''killed'' all his therapists.
* Key to the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Kinder}}''; a running theme is that 'mind illnesses' are not recognized as a real problem in its world, instead attributed to things like "they're just lazy" or "they're just complaining for no reason." Naturally, this causes major problems. Yuuichi eventually states that there's probably worlds out there were 'mind illnesses' actually ''are'' recognized and treated more seriously.
* Interestingly averted in ''VideoGame/TheLastDoor''. There's buckets of crazy MindScrew and just plain terrible things happening to the protagonist, Jeremiah, but he has a therapist who seems very concerned about him. An interesting touch considering the story takes place in the 1890s where therapy wouldn't be as accessible as it is today.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' ultimately invokes the question of whether the world's professional therapists chose to have their 2194 Christmas Ball in [[KillEmAll Ibukido]], as the cast is largely a DysfunctionJunction with their own issues tormenting them. Even Kagura Mutsuki, the most well-adjusted of them, is a veteran of the Ikaruga Civil War with some mental stigma left over, and that's if [[HandsomeLech his crotch rocket isn't hogging the blood]]. Even worse, of the characters who can actually dispense functional therapy, all of them have their own problems: Litchi is weighed down by her GuiltComplex regarding Roy Carmine (who we know as Arakune) and has gone so far as to mimic his corruption in an attempt to cure him herself; Makoto is trying to keep her personal Pandora's Box of racism issues shut; and Celica is utterly naive and has a bit of a martyr complex to go with it. And that is not to speak of Yuuki Terumi and Relius Clover, who not only are [[{{Sociopath}} mentally unsound]] (Terumi moreso), but go around making everything ''worse''. [[FridgeBrilliance This might have]] [[JustifiedTrope the justifications]] in the way that compared to its predecessor ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' (which draws heavy influence in American music), Blazblue is ''very'' Japanese-themed, not only its anime influence, but also Japan's real life cultural aversion on psychology.
* Initially averted in ''[[VideoGame/TheCompanyOfMyself Fixation]]'' with the therapist Henry providing genuine help and support to the main characters, but after his death there doesn't seem to be anyone who replaces him and things go downhill for his former patients soon afterwards.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/SteinsGateZero''. [[TraumaCongaLine Okabe]] went to the therapist to help him to recover from PTSD.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' there are many cases of this, sometimes lampshaded, but the one that stuck out most for me is when Davan never gets help after being raped by a woman he was attracted to. Sadly this is probably TruthInTelevision for many rape victims, especially male ones, and especially when the rapist is a woman.
** That example is possibly justified, given [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02012003.shtml his in comic discussion]] of the subject. Sadly this attitude is also [[TruthInTelevision Truth in WebComics]] too.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}''. The ''I.A. Starbanger'' does have a Therapy-bot, but he's terrible: his therapy consists solely of telling patients that their feelings are irrational. Eventually, Martina realizes that one of her crew desperately needs treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, so she replaces Therapy-bot with a ''qualified'' therapist--the bartender bot.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' comics. Sirkka is the local equivalent of a psychologist and helps abuse victims and people [[MindRape mind raped]] by Mark. Her own love life, on the other hand, is a total mess. Other Freakangels [[DysfunctionJunction are not much better]] with the group consisting of TheOphelia, an IneffectualLoner, a KnightTemplar, a guy [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone driven crazy by his own guilt]], AGodAmI wannabe and a few other dysfunctional personality types. Some hide it better than others. At the end they all get a quick therapy from [[spoiler:Arkady]] of all people and [[spoiler: Luke]] is [[HeelFaceBrainwashing fixed]] on his own request. Even [[spoiler:Mark]] seems to be much more sane. It is implied that their problems [[EpiphanyTherapy didn't magically disappear]], but they will eventually get over their issues with some [[PowerOfLove love]] and hard work. Webcomic/FreakAngels are TrueCompanions after all.
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/ALoonaticsTale''. There ''are'', in fact, therapists, they're even major characters in the comic, but they have a whole host of psychological issues all their own which may or may not prevent them from actually doing their patients any good (at least one is too apathetic to do his job, so he just medicates them into oblivion). On top of that, most of them reckon that, since they're therapists, they're immune to psychological disorders, and wouldn't need help even if they weren't.
* Averted with a vengeance in ''Webcomic/MaterialGirl''. As the story gets darker and the CerebusSyndrome kicks in, Noah's parents go from joking about taking him to a therapist to forcibly strapping him into the car and dragging him to one.
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/BetterDays''. After Fisk [[spoiler:hits his principle with a baseball bat for trying to rape his mother]], the police officer who arrives on the scene gives Fisk the number of a child psychologist for him to meet with to deal with the trauma of the situation. The chapter ends with Fisk meeting the psychologist and, when asked how he feels, gives a very frank explanation of how he felt completely justified in what he did, even if he knows he shouldn't. The psychologist smirks and draws a dollar sign on her notepad, implying that she is just interested in milking money out of his case. Shortly after though, it's shown that Fisk is continuing with his therapy sessions and that they're very helpful in helping him deal with [[spoiler:being coerced into sex with Nikki, a young girl who was sexually abused by her father]]. The psychologist also helps out by [[spoiler:investigating Nikki's home life, learning that her dad is a wanted criminal, and having Sheila keep Nikki out of the way on the day the police plan to raid her home]].
* Averted in ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'', where a registration pamphlet explains that registered [[MagicalGirl magical girls]] all get their own therapist/counsellor.
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'': talk radio couple's counselor Dr. Lovetalk typically gives advice that is well-meant and intelligent, but completely inapplicable to the situations of her callers.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic used to mention going to a therapist a lot, but that stopped, probably because the character was getting more and more damaged and it was funnier that way.
** In fact, a running gag among multiple reviewers is their constant danger of insanity due to the bad things they are "forced" to experience. Plenty of reviews have gags where the reviewer pops "happy pills" like they were candy, chugs from a bottle of booze, or is forcibly restrained by men in white coats. Some have even tried to destroy the world in a bout of rage. [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] deserves special mention as a full-on insane convicted serial killer.
* This trope is {{deconstructed}} in ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'', in that the character who desperately needs psychiatric attention is [[StepfordSmiler hiding any indication that something's wrong]]. In other words, the only reason ThereAreNoTherapists is because the patient doesn't want to go to one, which is sadly TruthInTelevision for some victims of depression.
* Defied in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' when Weld specifically requests therapy for the Brockton Bay Wards after the 8 Extermination arc, in which [[spoiler:Aegis and Gallant died during Leviathan's attack]].
* Goes both ways in ''Literature/BraveNewWorldUniverse'': The original character, Arachnya desperately needs a therapist at one point [[spoiler:her father is murdered because of who she is, and she resorts to drinking to dull the pain, she's fifteen years old]]. she doesn't get professional help.
** Averted in the spin-off Ride the Whirlwind, one of the main characters and his group of heroes is actually pretty desperate to get a very powerful Chosen,[[spoiler:Ricki]], some help after she has a mental breakdown. Too bad, she's a runaway, has a phobia doctors, is being hunted by people with very big guns, and will create a tornado if she panics. They eventually find someone to help her.
* Averted and played straight at the same time in ''Literature/VoidDomain''. No therapists have shown up thus far, but one professor of the local WizardingSchool has offered to act as one or to find one for Eva. Presumably other characters as well.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': The Trix are sent to a place where they are supposed to be reformed, but it only manages to tick them off even more.
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' in an episode where Ginger becomes jealous of Darren's new relationship with [[AlphaBitch Miranda]]. Of course, she didn't technically '''see''' a psychologist.
-->'''Ginger:''' It's just that Dr Phonsfeelings said--
-->'''Darren:''' Whoa, you went to see a therapist?
-->'''Ginger:''' Not exactly. She was on Channel 9.
** Said TV psychologist appears in another episode and causes more problems when Ginger starts freaking out that her mother is still single.
** And inverted in another episode where Ginger is sent to the school psychologist because she writes a poem about a girl who wishes to disappear. Everyone assumes Ginger has suicidal intentions because of this, but she's actually fine.
* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Black Canary is a trained therapist, and is shown having sessions with the teens after seriously traumatizing events. When Arsenal begins to suffer from serious issues that have interfered with their missions more than once Nightwing benched him, which is pretty much the same as telling him he's off the team until he can deal with his personal demons.
* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Ooo is a [[CloudCuckooLand very strange place]] with a lot of [[CloudCuckooLander even stranger people]], but there actually ''are'' mental health services for those who need them. For a lot of the earlier episodes, however, this trope was played straight, with people such as [[TheMentallyDisturbed Lemongrab]] and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Ice King]] basically just being dealt with when they caused trouble and ignored when they didn't. Both of them have now been getting a lot more help.
** Played straight with [[KidHero Finn,]] since There Are No ''Human'' Therapists.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Shelter From The Storm". The Brain starts having anxiety and becomes increasingly stressed after a hurricane hits their town. His parents send him to a therapist, voiced by Creator/IdinaMenzel, to help his issues. After the end of his session he thinks he's "cured" but is told by his therapist that dealing with anxiety takes time, made obvious by the fact Brain is {{trigger}}ed by the rustling of wind. She teaches him techniques to deal with his anxiety and in the end he confronts his fears.
* {{Subverted| trope}} in ''Westeranimation/{{The Tick}}'' with Big Shot, a {{parody}} of {{nineties antihero}}es in general and Comicbook/{{The Punisher}} in particular. In "The Tick vs The Ideamen", he is a clearly unstable maniac who riddles random things with bullets until they resemble skulls; the Tick warns him that "Guns and superheroes don't mix. Seek professional help." When he reappears in "The Tick vs The Tick", he has been to therapy and, while he still has anger issues, he has them under control and is overall a calm, stable man who even invites the other Tick to attend his group sessions to work out his own issues.