Melinda Messenger is most famous for her career as a TV icon, fronting shows like Fort Boyard and Cowboy Builders.
Making her name in the 90s as a successful glamour model, the mother-of-three went from strength to strength – becoming a household name in the early 2000s.
But the 48 year old has since undergone a complete transformation, leaving her media career behind and retraining as a transpersonal psychotherapist.
Opening up to us in an exclusive interview, the star revealed exactly why she has retrained and what her new career means to her.
“Working at a psychotherapist is a vocation I am so passionate about; it’s so deeply rewarding in every sense,” she said.
“Being able to sit with someone through their journey and help them unravel and understand what’s going on in their life is absolutely priceless.
“It’s so precious and valuable to be alongside another person who’s going through a difficult time – just to be there to help guide them through is deeply, deeply rewarding. However, it hasn’t been an easy journey getting there. Melinda revealed the training process caused her marriage to break down and her company to go into liquidation.
“It’s very intense as it has involved having psychotherapy myself and it has led to a lot of changes so I’ve taken breaks along the way.
“My marriage ended after 20 years, which is quite common once you start embarking on this journey. So I had to juggle my studies with raising three children on my own. I’d invested in a business with Wayne and some friends and ended up having to liquidate the company.
“As a result, I lost my home. I’ve since discovered my own value, and that’s led to a better relationship with money.”
She added: “I’d made choices in my relationship and life that were out of alignment with who I am, so I couldn’t truly be happy.
“In one of my first therapy sessions they asked if I had good self-esteem. I thought mine was brilliant. In reality I had none. I was a people pleaser who would do anything at the expense of myself. I had no idea that I had needs, let alone how to meet them. That was a catalyst that changed a lot of things for me.”
She mentioned that, currently, she doesn’t get paid for her new role but is planning on getting her masters degree to make it her full-time career.
“Most of my therapy work so far is voluntary, so it’s not financially rewarding, but it’s a passion. I’d rather do this than anything else,” she said.
To read Melinda’s full interview, pick up a copy of OK! magazine, out Tuesday.