How Psychotherapy Saved A-Rod
May 25, 2005
Alex Rodriguez is one of the richest and most popular
athletes in the world. He has a beautiful, loving wife,
a baby daughter and movie-star good looks. But baseball's
$252 million man has been keeping something inside --
With his wife, Cynthia, by his side, the Yankees superstar
is rocking the baseball world, revealing to "Extra"
that he has been undergoing psychotherapy. "At
one point I had three different therapists," he
confessed. "Now I've come down to two, and I practice
it, and I use it, and I'm very proud."
It's a surprising admission by a star whose private
pain has been masked by his macho image. But deep inside,
Alex knew he needed help. Did he ever think maybe it
was weird to turn to therapy? "At first I did,"
Rodriguez admitted. "Because in many ways therapy
is synonymous with a bad thing,"
Rodriguez went public with his personal struggles as
he donated $200,000 to the Children's Aid Society's
Mental Health programs.
Alex was abandoned by his own father when he was a boy
and says every kid needs someone to turn to. And Alex
credits his wife, Cynthia, who has a Masterís Degree
in psychology, with helping him turn his life around.
"Seeing how successful he is as a man, as a father,
as a husband, all of that really hits home with me,"
Cynthia told us. "And it's because of therapeutic
intervention that he's been able to discover this and
flourish as a person."
So how has Alex changed in the nine years since Cynthia
met him? "Well, when I met him he was 21, so he
was young," she said. "Heís just matured incredibly
and it's funny, I always have these expectations of
him, and he always blows my expectations out of the
So where does Alex think heíd be without the therapeutic
"Oh boy, thatís a great question," he answered.
"I don't know where I'd be. I think it's a different
life that Iíve discovered, and I thank Cynthia for that.
Because therapy is an incredible thing and you might
get to know someone who you didn't even know was in
A-Rod is focused on his old neighborhood, Washington
Heights, in New York, because of its high suicide rate
among kids. Alex and Cynthia plan to make mental health
wellness a lifelong philanthropic endeavor.