Reviewing Shelf · Mar 17, 2020

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Genre: Non-Fiction

Date Published: April 2, 2019

Source: Online Library

Goodreads Synopsis: One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

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My View: I picked up this book long after two of my pretties told me to do it right away when one day, I just couldn’t get into anything else. And lo and behold, I think it took me 2, max 3 days to wrap this beauty up. Don’t you make that mistake. Pick it up sooner than I did.

First things first, Lori Gottlieb, you are amazing. Even more than your book. Because as a therapist I know how hard it is to bare your soul and tell the rest of the world that we are as vulnerable and fragile and it’s okay for us to undergo therapy just like everyone else out there. It takes a strong self such as you to drive that message home. Revealing your raw, tender self and those myriad number of emotions- my, my, I am in awe. So proud of you really.

Lori has done a great job bringing the storyline together. It weaves in and out without making you feel like you lost your place. From her personal life to the clients’, it’s really been brought together very well. A huge thank you to the clients who agreed to their lives being penned down and out there for everyone to see as much impersonalize one may do it.

Let me cite the reasons why you might consider picking up this book.

  1. You are considering going for therapy.
  2. You are in therapy.
  3. You are a therapist thinking of going for therapy.
  4. You are a therapist who’s in therapy.
  5. You want to know how a therapy session might go like without having to actually go for one.
  6. You are interested in therapy and the nuances of it.
  7. You want a good, engrossing book to read.

I guess that’s more than enough reasons and covers atleast 80% of the world, if not all.

This book is a fitting tribute to the world of therapy and all therapists out there. But it makes for a great reading for everyone including lay persons. I am really hoping it gets across the message of ‘it’s okay for a therapist to go for therapy’. It sure needs to get around.

Lori Gottlieb, thank you for sharing your personal journey so that ours could be a little easier.

P.S. I am glad you wrote this book instead.

4/5 stars – I really liked it.

Author Bio:

LORI GOTTLIEB is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE, which is being adapted for TV with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes regularly to the New York Times. She is sought-after in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

Learn more at or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.

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