After seeing the show, Tyler decided to reach out to Laveranues. "Anybody watching who has any spiritual connection could see how much pain he was in, and I had endured a lot myself," Tyler says.
Laveranues says Tyler's phone call changed his life. "He understood where I was coming from," Laveranues says. "He was basically just talking to me and letting me know, 'Look, I don't have any motives. I'm just here to help you because I see that you're in a spot that I was in my life before.'"
Tyler urged Laveranues to tell himself aloud that it wasn't his fault he was molested as a child. "The first time I did it I was alone so it felt kind of crazy, but … he said, 'You have to repeat that to yourself to let yourself know that it's okay, and I promise that it will make you feel better,'" Laveranues says. "It made me feel a lot better."
Tyler also encouraged Laveranues to write in a journal and learn more about himself. Although he bought a journal, Laveranues says he's not quite ready to start writing yet, but it's there for when he is. Laveranues now has a special message for Tyler: "I'm so proud to be a friend of yours, and I thank you for everything that you've done for me."