Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

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"One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives—a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys—she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell: about desire and need, guilt and redemption, meaning and mortality, loneliness and love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781328662057 (hardback)
Call Number: 616.8914 GOTTLIEB

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After a personal crisis upends her life, a seasoned therapist seeks her own therapy to move forward. Gottlieb weaves together anecdotes from her own therapy journey as well as what she learned from working with her clients to create an entertaining, thought-provoking, and ultimately life-affirmin... Read More »

When tragedy hits, psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb decides she needs to find a therapist for herself. By discussing the struggles of her patients, she learns how to overcome the challenges she faces in her own life.

Lori Gottlieb is a noted therapist who suddenly finds herself on the other side of the couch. As she thinks about her patients, she realizes that she is have the same talks with her own psychologist . . . a funny, smart look at what it means to be human.

What happens when a therapist becomes a patient? Gottlieb gives readers an incredible inside look into her world.


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ellenorndorf
Sep 26, 2020

I read this for book club. It wasn't a great discussion read but we were still meeting via Zoom due to COVID. Coworker Lauren passed it along to me. I read it just as dad was dying I found it a really good read especially during that difficult time.

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rmshields
Sep 08, 2020

Makes me want to go to therapy! Sounds fun

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LESeymour
Jul 16, 2020

This has FLOORED me. The amount of information, mostly in brilliant quotes, has dazzled me. The case histories and the insight of the author's personal therapy is something that opened me to changes being possible in my miserable little life!

Hope reading this book is a gift to you as well, whoever you are.

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lindemuldercr
Jun 17, 2020

Non fiction novel - modern Mrs Darcy

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meeshmorgan
May 17, 2020

WOW! An incredibly amazing, spectacular book; it's the best I've read in DECADES!
This book has so many layers . . . On the surface are terms and vocabulary I've needed for years, then there is the story of Ms. Gottlieb's search for therapy, the stories of some of her clients, and a look at the underpinnings of psychology practice, all of which are fascinating.
I'm not a very emotional person, but I found myself so moved I had to stop reading in order to absorb my feelings and clear the tears from my eyes.
I am dumbfounded by the depth of empathy good psychologists find based on the thin premise that a client is asking for help when most of us might want to slap the person and tell them to 'grow up'. This would obviously backfire and exacerbate the problem.
This book is compellingly written by a gifted writer and can be life-changing. It is one that stays with you long after reading it. I'm telling everyone I know how excited I am to have read this. ANYONE can use this book, EVERYONE should!

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kristadarling
May 14, 2020

I think people could consider this a "slow" read because yes, it is telling stories of patients and her own therapist visits but its also giving us therapeutic insight all at once. The type of insights therapy patients take in one week at a time and we as readers get all at once which might turn "overwhelming" to "slow" since we have to sit with thought and not plot. That being said, I think it was beautifully human. It made me cry, laugh and honestly sit with myself while seeing myself in these individuals. I would highly recommend.

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Einer2
May 01, 2020

Insightful. Not a fast or griping read but glad I read it.

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mngaby
Mar 09, 2020

A great book about the lies we tell ourselves, the lies we tell others, and the world of discovering yourself.

LoganLib_Phoebe Mar 06, 2020

Lori is a therapist, but when she strikes trouble in her personal life she knows that the answer isn't 'physician, heal thyself'. She turns to another therapist and discovers that the view is quite different from the other side of the couch. This isn't just Lori's story though, it is the story of her clients and how they work through their issues. You are bound to find something in here that will resonate with you or with somebody you know.

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dkoa
Mar 03, 2020

Everyone should read this because everyone has blind spots and "hell is us". Great insights to use on your continuous path to personal/spiritual growth.

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