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Eva Mendes says therapy is helpful

Eva Mendes says therapy is helpful

Eva Mendes admits she gets therapy on a regular basis.

The 'Hitch' actress, who has six-month-old daughter Esmeralda with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, says she finds it "really helpful" to discuss her personal issues with someone who is "totally objective."

She said: "Having [a therapist] who's totally objective and who points out my patterns - I find that really helpful. And I'm lucky to work with someone who doesn't just sit there and nod her head, you know? I need to hear what you think! Tell me what's wrong with me so I can fix it!"

The 41-year-old actress also relies on her friends and family for support.

She told the April issue of Women's Health magazine: "I believe there is a public self and a private self. My sisters and my good friends are experiencing that now [with] Facebook and Instagram. When they freak out about a friend of theirs posting a bad picture of them, I'm like, 'Well, imagine how I feel! Get used to it!'

"I've had the same girlfriends since I was 12, and I've made amazing girlfriends since. And my mom and my two older sisters have always been there telling me I could accomplish anything. We have each other's' backs in the best way."

Meanwhile, Eva credits her vegetarian diet and regular exercise sessions for helping her to regain her pre-pregnancy figure, and she loves being a mother.

She said: "I'm actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it's bonding with my little girl."

But the brunette beauty insists she hasn't "earned the right" to give parenting advice yet.

She explained: "I want to respect all the moms out there. They're going to be like, 'You know what? You're a few months in. Just shut up.' "