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Selena Gomez attends therapy five times a week

Selena Gomez credits Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, a technique developed to treat borderline personality disorder, for changing her life.

Selena Gomez has opened up about her daily therapy sessions in her first cover shoot for American Vogue.

The 24-year-old singer opened up about her treatment and her recent stay in a Tennessee rehabilitation facility after she announced she was taking an indefinite break from her world tour. The Come and Get It singer was diagnosed with lupus in 2014, and entered the facility in order to focus on getting well.

Since her re-emergence into the spotlight, she has appeared at the American Music Awards and debuted her budding romance with singer The Weeknd. And in the interview with US Vogue the singer spoke up about her love of therapy, and the pressure on girls these days to be "too resilient".

“DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) has completely changed my life,” she gushed to the publication, revealing she sees her therapist five days a week. “I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart.”

Selena admitted her stint in rehab came after she was struggling with loneliness, depression and anxiety while on tour, and felt as though she was letting her fans down.

“My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage," she shared. "Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it - which, I think, was a complete distortion."

Part of Selena's journey to wellness included ditching her phone for the whole 90 day stay, before the singer flew to Tennessee and joined a small group of other young women in the program taking part in individual therapy sessions and group therapy, according to the publication.

“You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls, real people who couldn’t give two s**ts about who I was, who were fighting for their lives," she smiled. "It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”

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