Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Book - 2019
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"From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she)"-- Provided by publisher.
"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. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. 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. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. [This book] is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them. "--Dust jacket.
Gottlieb, a therapist with a Los Angeles practice, faced a crisis that caused her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist who seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. Now Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781328662057
1328662055
Branch Call Number: 616.8914 GOTTLIE
Characteristics: xi, 415 pages ; 24 cm

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Written from the perspective of a therapist who shares her three most memorable clients while going through her own therapeutic journey at the same time.


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jujensen
Nov 13, 2020

Started Nov 3/20, finished Nov 13/20.

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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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