Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Speaks Candidly on Therapy: ‘It’s Become a Safe Space for Me’

The wellness leader facilitated a conversation regarding mental health.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

It’s clear Melissa Wood-Tepperberg prioritizes both her physical and mental wellbeing. The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie reiterated that notion in a recent Instagram post in which she opened up about her thoughts on therapy.

The MWH founder shared that she’s always had an “interesting” relationship with therapy, and noted that she’ll go to sessions for a period of time until she feels better.

“Some days feel damn good and some days most certainly do not (for no reason at all),” she wrote. “This is where I am understanding how therapy can help support you through all the waves of life, & the thoughts that come up and the things we hold onto that we need to release.”

Wood-Tepperberg went on to say that she hopes to help break down the stigma while facilitating conversations around mental health-related topics like therapy. True to her word, the mom of two got honest about how her daily meditation practice eases her anxiety in a TikTok earlier this week.

“It’s become this safe space for me to unleash everything that’s on my mind & weighing so heavily on my shoulders to let that s--- go,” she continued about therapy. “So I can continue to fly and do all those things in life that we all deeply desire to do.”

Wood-Tepperberg shared a few snaps of herself alongside her inspiring words. In two pics, she leaned against a couch wearing a backless black RE ONA top, high-waisted ANINE BING jeans and pointed-toe Dear Frances heels. The third photo showed off the same outfit and was snapped in a bathroom.

Several of the 40-year-old’s one million followers chimed in to the comments to thank Wood-Tepperberg for being so transparent.

“As a clinical mental health therapist myself, I appreciate you taking the time to be vulnerable about your relationship to therapy in your platform,” wrote one person, while another follower said, “it’s amazing what comes up when we have a safe place go put it ❤️ great great great post.”

“Melissa I just want to thank you for sharing these truths with your platform. I am a mental health counselor in training in the city and you are speaking to my soul. Therapy is truly such a gift bringing us closer to our deepest selves,” a fan stated.

Another person said simply, “Yes to therapy 👏.”

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.