Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

eBook - 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)"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2019
ISBN: 9781328663047
Characteristics: c

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mawls Jun 11, 2019

The way Gottlieb weaves together the stories of her patients and herself is impressive. The storytelling is engaging and reading about people's lives being transformed with hard work and self awareness, and in an honest and truthful way, is inspiring.

Jun 11, 2019

Absolutely love this book. Interesting and detailed descriptions of the way therapy works and how a therapist views and uses verbal and body language to treat patients. Several touching, tragic stories about patients. Sad to come to the end of this book.

KHCPL_Mikayla May 25, 2019

That was an absolutely incredible dive into a world I know little about. I am almost a purely fiction reader, and when I venture out of that realm I stick to short essay collections and things that make me laugh. This made me laugh, true, but it also made me cry, and I didn't have the luxury of saying "this isn't a real person, this isn't a real situation," to make myself feel better. Yes, she admits to having combined some stories to protect confidentiality and changing names, but the end result is the same- we all need to talk to someone, and watching the journeys of the people who talk to experts in compassion is a very personal and challenging one. But it makes sense that this is a bestseller. I love it and I want more.

PimaLib_AmyK May 20, 2019

What happens when a therapist needs to see a therapist? “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” tackles the subject. The author, herself a therapist, decides to see a therapist to do some “crisis management” after her boyfriend of two years announces that he doesn’t “want to live with someone who has a kid.” (He knew she had a child when they first started dating.) What Gottlieb thinks is going to be a quick bit of managing the pain of her breakup turns into something else. The chapters take turns with her visits to her therapist, the patients she’s treating (including a seemingly obnoxious Hollywood television writer, a young newlywed who is dying of cancer, and a several times divorced woman who seems to want to throw away her one chance at a good relationship) and how she came to be a therapist after working in Hollywood on shows such as “E.R.”. It’s interesting to know that therapists can sometimes doubt their abilities to help their patients and struggle with keeping their own judgments and biases in check. Gottlieb also writes about how modern health insurance has discouraged people from seeking therapy and encourages the use of drugs instead (which of course can also be helpful, but shouldn’t be someone’s only choice for the long term.) This book made me laugh, cry and really think about how therapy works, for both the patient and the therapist.

debwalker Apr 18, 2019

There's a theory that med school students who go into psychiatry often are motivated by a need to figure themselves out. Even therapists have problems!

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