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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone : a therapist, <i>her</i> therapist, and our lives revealed

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Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking? Now you can find out, as therapist and New York Times-bestselling author Lori Gottlieb takes us behind the scenes of her practice - where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).



When a personal crisis causes her world to come crashing down, Lori Gottlieb - an experienced therapist with a thriving practice in Los Angeles - is suddenly adrift. Enter Wendell, himself a veteran therapist with an unconventional style, whose sessions with Gottlieb will prove transformative for her.



As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her own patients' lives - a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen who feels she has nothing to live for, and a self-destructive twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys - she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very questions she is bringing to Wendell.



Taking place over one year, and beginning with the devastating event that lands her in Wendell's office, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone offers a rare and candid insight into a profession that is conventionally bound with rules and secrecy. Told with charm and compassion, vulnerability and humour, it's also the story of an incredible relationship between two therapists, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious inner lives, as well as our power to transform them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 30mm | 717g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911617044
  • 9781911617044
  • 2,402

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`Therapists play a special and invaluable role in the lives of the 30 million Americans who attend sessions, but have you ever wondered where they go when they need to talk to someone? Veteran psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author Lori Gottlieb shares a candid and remarkably relatable account of what it means to be a therapist who also goes to therapy, and what this can teach us about the universality of our questions and anxieties.' * Thrive Global, `10 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2019' * `Gottlieb finds herself learning powerful lessons from her patients as they untangle their emotional challenges while learning to understand her own self-image and what it genuinely means to be human ... Written with grace, humor, wisdom, and compassion, this heartwarming journey of self-discovery should -appeal to fans of Mitch Albom and Nicholas Sparks.'
Library Journal * Library Journal * `Saturated with self-awareness and compassion, this is an irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition.' STARRED REVIEW * Kirkus * `Gottlieb is an utterly compelling narrator: funny, probing, savvy, vulnerable. She pays attention to the small stuff - the box of tissues and the Legos in the carpet - as she honours the more expansive mysteries of our wild, aching hearts.' -- Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath `Some people are great writers, and other people are great therapists. Lori Gottlieb is, astoundingly, both. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is about the wonder of being human: how none of us is immune from struggle, and how we can grow into ourselves and escape our emotional prisons. Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.' -- Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and New York Times-bestselling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got `Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is ingenious, inspiring, tender, and funny. Lori Gottlieb bravely takes her readers on a guided tour into the self, showing us the therapeutic process from both sides of the couch - as both therapist and patient. I cheered for her breakthroughs, as if they were my own! This is the best book I've ever read about the life-changing possibilities of talk therapy.' -- Amy Dickinson, "Ask Amy" advice columnist and New York Times-bestselling author of Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things `With wisdom and humanity, Lori Gottlieb invites us into her consulting room, and her therapist's. There, readers will share in one of the best-kept secrets of being a clinician: when we bear witness to change, we also change, and when we are present as others find meaning in their lives, we also discover more in our own.' -- Lisa Damour, PhD. New York Times-bestselling author of Untangled `This book is so insightful, and compassionate, and rich, and taught me a lot about myself. I was sucked right in to these vivid, funny, illuminating stories of humans trying to climb their way out of hiding, overcome self-defeating habits, and wake up to their own strength. Gottlieb has captured something profound about the struggle, and the miracle, of human connection.' -- Sarah Hepola, New York Times-bestselling author of Blackout `Here are some people who might benefit from Lori Gottlieb's illuminating new book: Therapists, people who have been in therapy, people who have been in relationships, people who have experienced emotions. In other words, everyone. Lori's story is funny, enlightening, and radically honest. It merits far more than 50 minutes of your time.' -- A.J. Jacobs, New York Times-bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically `I've been reading books about psychotherapy for over a half century, but never have I encountered a book like Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: so bold and brassy, so packed with good stories, so honest, deep and riveting. I intended to read a chapter or two but ended up reading and relishing every word.' -- Irvin Yalom MD, author of Love's Executioner, and other Tales of Psychotherapy, and professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University. `Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is funny, hopeful, wise, and engrossing - all at the same time. Lori Gottlieb takes us inside the most intimate of encounters as both clinician and patient and leaves us with a surprisingly fresh understanding of ourselves, one another, and the human condition. This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.' -- Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and founder & CEO of Thrive Global `Shrinks, they're just like us-at least in Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, the heartfelt memoir by therapist Lori Gottlieb. Warm, funny, and engaging (no poker-faced clinician here), Gottlieb not only gives us an unvarnished look at her patients' lives, but also her own. The result is the most relatable portrait of a therapist I've yet encountered.' -- Susannah Cahalan, New York Times-bestselling author of Brain on Fire `If you have even an ounce of interest in the therapeutic process, or in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book. It is wise, warm, smart and funny, and Lori Gottlieb is exceedingly good company.' -- Susan Cain, New York Times-bestselling author of Quiet `Candid and deeply personal, this is a book about being both patient and clinician, and one that offers hope to us all.' -- Sarah Shaffi * Stylist * `I am racing through this - so absorbing, moving and hilarious.' * Oliver Burkeman, writer for The Guardian and author of The Antidote *
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About Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly Dear Therapist advice column for the Atlantic, where she is also a contributing editor. She has written for the New York Times Magazine and has appeared on Today, Good Morning Amer-ica, CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at LoriGottlieb.com or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.
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475 ratings
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4 30% (143)
3 7% (33)
2 4% (17)
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