“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by writer and therapist Lori Gottlieb is a memoir exploring the author’s therapy sessions with her patients, her own sessions with her therapist, and the story of her path to practicing psychotherapy.
As the book unfolds, the role of the therapist and therapy itself is clarified from the misconceptions that surround the profession and process. Rather than the therapist serving as a gatekeeper of the solutions to problems presented by the patient, the collaborative relationship between the therapist and the patient is the epicentre of therapy, the success of which is dependent on honesty and raw vulnerability: the memoir depicts therapy and the therapeutic process with its humanity intact.
“In therapy, you’ll be asked to be both accountable and vulnerable. Rather than steering people straight to the heart of the problem, we nudge them to arrive there on their own, because the most powerful truths — the ones people take the most seriously — are those they come to, little by little, on their own.”
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