Sunday, October 6, 2019

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

What happens when a therapist suffers a crisis she can't get past? She goes to a therapist herself of course – and just maybe finds a way to turn the ordeal into a bestseller.

The full title of Lori Gottlieb's introspective book is Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. It's a mouthful, but it comes as close to describing what you'll find in it's pages as possible without continuing the title on the back cover.

Gottlieb's wonderful relationship with her boyfriend came to an abrupt end when he announced he didn't want to spend the next 10 years with a kid under his roof (his kids had just left home, her son was 8, and they had plans to move in together). It rocked her world and she couldn't get past it.

So she found a therapist, and slowly came to realize and work through some underlying issues triggered by the breakup. She takes us on that journey, and it's fascinating to watch how the layers peel back as she unravels the real problems and how she dealt with them.

She alternates her story with that of four of her patients. For anyone who's gone to therapy or merely finds it fascinating, you'll relish this glimpse behind the curtain. You may even relate to some of the issues her patients confront and find it helpful to see how she guides them to a better place.

Throughout it all, we also get a look at the typical kinds of problems people often experience, what therapists frequently encounter, and sometimes insight into how those issues are – or aren't – usually resolved.

These stories at times are moving, heartbreaking, and even beautiful. This book is definitely worth a read – and worth spending some time reflecting on it's lessons once you finish.

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