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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

5 mins

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Maybe You Should Talk To Someone will help you feel more comfortable with using therapy to improve your mental health by giving a candid look into how therapy really works from the point of view of an experienced therapist who also found herself needing it.


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

by Lori Gottlieb


What is therapy? There are many types, but psychotherapy involves meeting with a therapist to develop positive thinking and coping skills to treat mental health illness or past trauma. And it helps a lot of people. But many people that need help don't seek it out.

One study says that 1 in 5 Americans have a mental illness, and only around 50% of those with moderate-to-severe impairment seek help. There are many reasons someone wouldn't go to therapy when they need it. But for Lori Gottlieb, it was hard because she was a professional therapist herself.

In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, she recounts being left reeling after a breakup with the person she thought would be her forever. This book is a fascinating peek into psychotherapy from the perspective of a therapist who needed it herself.

Favorite quote

In therapy, we aim for self-compassion (am I human?), verses self-esteem (a judgement: am I good or bad?)

- Lori Gottlieb

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