Kelly sought help from Dr. Phil because she couldn’t let go of guilt after her father killed himself. Here’s what she had to say on the show:
Growing up, my family was very normal. There was no addiction, parents never divorced and both parents were very loving, and supportive and involved in everything that I did. My dad was an amazing man with a heart of gold. A few years ago, my dad battled depression for just a few short months, and he did the unthinkable and committed suicide.
It wasn’t until after Dr. Phil’s Get Real Retreat that I realized that the pieces of my puzzle can be put together again. I can and will survive what I thought would be a battle that would last a lifetime. Dr. Phil taught me that it was so important to write and to keep a journal. About six months after the Retreat, I decided to write a letter to my dad. I poured out my heartache, anger, self-incrimination and guilt, purging all the secrets of my soul into this one letter. When I finished, all I knew was that I felt cleansed and freer than I had for a long time. That is when I decided to have people go on this journey with me and join me on this unremarkable bridge of recovery.
I know that my purpose now is to help people write. It may be a letter to a loved one, a letter of apology, a letter to a long-lost friend or simply a letter to yourself. I have had people tell me that they are not writers, and I wasn’t either, but it’s very possible with very little guidance. That is my purpose now as I strive to be a better person. To overcome my fears and my guilt is to help you write. I want to connect with people and let them know that pieces of their puzzle can be put together again. I challenge you to reconnect with your soul. Go explore your wonder, love yourself and live life abundantely.