Hi Dr. Laura:
I am a 27-year-old single woman who has spent the last year recovering from the many messes that resulted from MY choices. I'm a licensed associate counselor and I'm thankful every day that I found my passion. However, my inability to deal appropriately with my own relationships left me feeling depressed, bitter and completely drained. Then I found you, and you took over the rational side of my brain and sparked it to begin working. I'm intelligent and well-educated, but when I see a cute smile, that's enough for my smarts to suddenly disappear.
At first you intimidated me. As a therapist, I asked myself "where's the unconditional positive regard?" But then, I was intrigued and kept listening. You are persistent, consistent and firm when it comes to your morals and setting boundaries. You don't know it, but you encouraged me to start living more in line with who I really am, which led to fewer dilemmas in my own life. I realize that every single day I can choose to take the right path or the wrong path. I took control of my student debt, moved out of my parents' house, and trained for a half-marathon (and ran it five minutes faster than my goal).
I actually feel lighter today. Thank you for being my personal Jiminy Cricket - a rational-thinking, moral and amazing mentor. I am so thankful that I stumbled across your show.
A recovering, millennial spineless snowflake,