Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
- Zander, Devon
- Date of entry: May-15-2020
- Last revised: May-15-2020
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed is a memoir that takes the reader behind the closed doors of therapists’ offices and into the relationships that are formed between therapists and their patients. The author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, most familiar to readers as the writer of The Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” column, explores the science, the role, and the goals of psychotherapy through her first-person narration. The memoir is written chronologically with occasional flashbacks and is broken up into four parts, each progressively exposing more about Gottlieb’s and her patients’ experiences.
Though written by a therapist, the book approaches the therapeutic relationship from all angles. Just as we see Gottlieb in her role as a therapist in Los Angeles, we also see her on the other side of the couch as a patient. Coming to therapy in the midst of a breakup, she details her own struggles and relationships. Interspersed between her sessions with Wendell, a therapist she deftly describes as one from “Therapist Central Casting,” and her own appointments with patients is Gottlieb’s long journey to becoming a therapist (including brief stops in Hollywood and in medical school) and how she came to understand the power of interpersonal relationships.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company