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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

by | Apr 2, 2019 | Book Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori GottliebMaybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 2, 2019

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.

Pages: 415

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Leann’s Thoughts

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A powerful story that took me through all emotions. Gottlieb strikes the perfect balance between explaining how therapy works and shows readers that we are all humans and that therapists also experience pain and sorrow.
Gottlieb tells the (anonymized) story of five of her patients within the backdrop of her own search for peace with a therapist. Having experienced the loss of a long term relationship herself, she shows her own strengths and vulnerabilities and how it affects her relationships with her patients.

I am a big fan of all this psychology and human behavior but often times the therapist’s stance of being a blank slate leaves out the fundamental need for human relationships that a therapist works within the room. I appreciate Gottlieb’s voice throughout the book, ranging from your best friend telling you about her day to the reflective, sensitive wise soul who has learned from the lessons of the people she has helped.

A great read if you’re curious about therapy and what therapists are like – this is also a good gift for anyone who feels stuck in 2020.

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