Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
As a therapist, Lori knows a lot about pain, about the ways in which pain is tied to loss, and how change and loss travel together. She knows how affirming it feels to blame the outside world for her frustrations, to deny ownership of whatever role she might have in the existential play called My Incredibly Important Life. When a devastating event takes place in Lori's life, she realises that, before being able to help her patients, she must first learn how to help herself.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is the story of an incredible relationship - between Lori, a therapist at a critical life juncture, and her own therapist, Wendell, a veteran therapist with an unconventional style. Through their sessions, Wendell teaches Lori how to become a better person and a better therapist, as she goes about the business of helping her own patients - the couple who are struggling after having a baby, the narcissist TV producer, the older woman who feels she has nothing to live for, the self-destructive alcoholic young woman, the terminally ill 35-year-old newlywed.
Taking place over one year, beginning with the devastating event that lands her in Wendell's office, this is a rare and candid insight into a profession conventionally bound with rules and secrecy, told with charm and compassion, vulnerability and humour.
'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
'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
Publication Date: 07-May-2019
Publisher: Scribe Publications