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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Written by: Lori Gottlieb
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ever wonder what your therapist is really thinking? Now you can find out...a hilarious, thought-provoking and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world.  

Meet Lori Gottlieb, an insightful and compassionate therapist whose clients present with all kinds of problems. There’s the struggling new parents; the older woman who feels she has nothing to live for; the self-destructive young alcoholic; and the terminally ill 35-year-old newlywed. 

And there’s John, a narcissistic television producer, who frankly just seems to be a bit of a jerk. Over the course of a year, they all make progress. But Gottlieb is not just a therapist - she’s also a patient who's on a journey of her own. 

Interspersed with the stories of her clients are her own therapy sessions, as Gottlieb goes in search of the hidden roots of a devastating and life-changing event. 

Personal, revealing, funny and wise, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone opens a rare window onto a world that is most often bound by secrecy, offering an illuminating tour of a profoundly private process.

©2019 Lori Gottlieb (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

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Good Book with terrible narrator

Good that story is very good and keeps you engaged. Narrator is terrible. keeps reminding me of Ross from friends. Giving stress on some words and breaking sentence unnecessarily.

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Intimate and Honest

You will miss those characters by the end of it wondering about their life and choices ahead!!!

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A witty read with lots of messages to take home.

Loved the book. The audio version was too good too. Don't miss this book if you are someone who is interested in knowing how human minds and emotions work.

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An amazing journey

Loved the content so so much!!! excellent narration and such a heartful and honest content. a sensitive journey. thank u audible.

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Engaging. Thoughtful. REAL. Funny.

No review can do full justice to the breadth of insight and self-reflection that this book can trigger. The characters and their struggles feel real and their flaws almost obvious, yet somewhat surprising. The pace is engaging and the stories thought provoking. The narrator's style makes you feel as if you're right there in the room with the characters - seeing them, hearing them, and listening to their very thoughts. It's easy to dismiss psychology and therapy as hollow philosophising or meaningless sorcery, specially when the world is so full of cliched quotes on Twitter and Instagram, hackneyed advice from self-appointed gurus, and amaurotic biases of all the people around you (and you, of course). This book will be an eye-opener.

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From a fellow therapist

This book is fantastic and dare I say my new favourite book. As a fellow therapist, it’s been such a wonderful and wholesome experience. Thank you to Lori for sharing her story of the ongoing growing pains for us mental health practitioners. And also, Brittany was absolutely the PERFECT choice for narration, and makes me so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook.

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Insightful

Loved the story. Loved the narration. There were several moments which I could relate to my life and I could get the insight. I may also even "talk to someone" to get clarity in my life.

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A healing and therapeutic experience

This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. The people, their stories, their joys and sorrows are so beautifully encapsulated - you'll feel them acutely. More importantly, the book will allow you to get in touch with your thoughts and feelings and look at your own life with new lens. The narration was brilliant and extremely powerful. Definitely a must listen!

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Amazing!

Great narration! This has been one of the most comforting experiences to listen on audible. Recommended for everyone who has faced failure, lost someone who you loved or have felt that you are not understood...

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We're human, alike or different

We all have complicated lives, we carry a suitcase with us, instead of carrying the weight around, sometimes it's good to pause, open it and see if we can lighten the load. The book gives you scenarios, giving you the choice to decide through dialogue, not comparison, not judgement, and makes you fall in love with you, for you. It introduced me to the concept of therapy and helped me understand some of the many dilemmas I have every day. The narration makes you feel like you are in therapy, I teared up many places, as I had my realisations. The writing is on point, the descriptions enough to give you what you should take away from each encounter. Everybody needs somebody, and in this time of uncertainty, if you are feeling alone, maybe you should start by giving this book a listen. You'll find a way to love the world a little more.

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  • Tracey S A
  • 08-09-19

Therapy 101

I enjoyed the way the book is constructed- chapters on clients and self in therapy. For anyone who wonders what a psychologist does and some of the tools used this is a great book!

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  • Derek
  • 21-08-19

Very interesting mix

This book was self help mixed in with what seemed like a story. I really enjoyed this book and I feel a bit sad that it’s over. I really liked the narrator.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 05-07-19

A pass

I didn’t like this book. I found it quite boring and lacking in depth overall and verging on cringeworthy in parts. The author tries so hard that it was difficult to listen to at times. The overacting of the narration didn’t help. Given the subject I expected something interesting and insightful but it wasn’t either.

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  • Karen Sebire
  • 20-08-20

Don’t listen to the last five or six chapters while driving!

I loved this book and all the characters in it. It was difficult to not form a connection with each of the characters in the book as you shared their journey through therapy. I found the last five or six chapters emotionally difficult to listen to and while driving the car to work experienced floods of tears as each characters story was brought to a conclusion. A satisfying listen that has left me questioning my life, my decisions, my stuckness in my situation. Great to listen to a book that makes you reflect on your circumstances and how different life could be if you could find the courage to take the required steps. Maybe I need to talk to someone!

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  • Maya H Saric
  • 15-08-20

spectacular

I have read loads of personal development books and is one is amazing. I plan to read it again, probably a few times

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  • Fawziya
  • 09-08-20

Highly recommended

Lori writes really well and the story of her and her clients flows well (and the narrator brings it to life). The book demystifies therapy and the concept of mental health, while offering some great food for thought in the quotes, dialogues and words used in the book. Highly highly recommend.

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  • Richard
  • 08-07-20

Just bad

Lori Gottlieb is a bad therapist. She is a very dislikable person and her out of control narcissism shines through in the book. Worse though is that she’s just a bad therapist. Her therapy is insight orientated and completely misses the point. She’s incapable of any thought beyond the pseudo intelectual. This book is just bad. Well read though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-20

Self discovery

An amazing book with well written stories and deep relationships. So deep it is a reflection of one’s life. Love it

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  • Kay Mccallum
  • 08-06-20

Awesome book

Really great book, made me cry and laugh and feel all these very human emotions.

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  • rebecca walton
  • 06-05-20

relatable and insightful

I really enjoyed this book. I felt an affection for all the characters and their stories.

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  • Jane
  • 08-09-19

Insightful, powerful, normal and highly enjoyable

As a counsellor I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, both the account of giving and receiving counselling. I kept thinking of clients I wanted to recommend it to, so you certainly don't have to be in the profession to get lots out of it - it's an account of life struggles and triumphs, existentialism and endings. It'll certainly give you personal insight. It's also written in an easy to follow way and isn't full of counselling lingo or terminology and is fully geared towards ordinary people, going about life wondering what the meaning of it all.

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  • Fiona Maria Graves
  • 11-08-19

Listen! Listen now!

I adore this book and will come back to it again in the future. I cared about what happened to every character, and it was peppered with non-preachy wisdom too. At times, deeply emotional and, at others, beautifully funny! The narrator also seemed very real, like this was believably her book, her words. Perfect listen for me as a trainee counsellor, and I imagine a great many people would love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-20

What an absolutely fantastic listen!

I don't usually read or listen to non fiction that much but this book came so highly recommended, that I decided to give it a go. I loved it! I laughed and cried, and some parts felt like it was written especially for me. I learnt so much from this book and relearnt about living once again in the best possible way - by letting go of unnecessary thoughts and things. Great book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-20

maybe the best book ive listened to on audible

beautiful stories surrounding the life of a therapist and the journey of the treatment of her patients. Emotional and intelligent, will have you laughing and crying. Couldn't recommend it enough

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  • Marwa Sewilam
  • 24-08-20

Heart warming

Loved this book! Funny, inspiring, poiniant and ensightful. I hope she writes more books!

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  • MISS M SINGH
  • 16-09-20

Just Brilliant

I am training to be a therapist and this book was a fantastic break from the text books yet still hugely educational.

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  • J
  • 09-09-20

A fun light read

A fun light read, explains issues in an easily understandable way and provides useful tips on common topics in therapy.

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  • Nancy Castle
  • 27-08-20

Great book about Therapy!

Great book about Therapy! Personal, honest, with interesting case studies. Light touch of important issues.

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  • ray
  • 23-08-20

Brilliant

I can’t recommend this book enough , enjoyed it from start to finish great story line didn’t want it to end

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  • Tiger
  • 16-08-20

An informative entertaining book.

The writing is very powerful in places, intelligently thought out and sensitively read. Though American it overcomes the cultural divide with sheer humanity. I didn't immediately take to the narration but persevere, after a few paragraphs one realises that her reading is perfect for the part and her style smooth and convincing. She takes on the complexity of the character perfectly. A great performance from a pro narrator and an education from a gifted psychoanalyst. Excellent. I really enjoyed this book. :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-20

Intricately written

This book is wonderfully presented, by the therapist, who we also learn is human. It’s funny and sad and thoughtful and well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-20

Verrrrryyy long story

Read a review that said they were sick of the story teller half way through and that kind of resonated with me. Although a great story and a useful tool for self reflection I found myself struggling to get through the last few hours even with its relevance

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  • julie everest
  • 07-01-20

One of the best books i have ever read

This book had me laughing, sobbing, smiling, screaming. It was amazing, and written so well. It makes you reflect on your own experiences and just tells the story so well that you don't even realise you are doing it. It is humorous and leaves you wanting to continue without ever having to stop!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-19

Deeply Personal

I loved this book. It touched me in so many ways. Highly recommend to therapists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

Just LOVED it!

Wow! It’s finished and I’m crying. What a book, what stories! Absolutely fantastic. Can’t wait for her next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-19

Enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this book it was a mix of story and education and had lots of insightful moments and left the listener mindful of their own behaviours.

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  • Wendy
  • 29-07-19

I feel on the fence with this one

I thought there were some good insights at times. But I also found it self-indulgent. I started to feel a bit sick of the main character halfway through. I felt myself willing her to stop thinking and start living, and not tell me about every inch of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-20

Brilliant

There are very few books that I didn't want to end, but this is one of them. I loved the human portrayal of a therapist and I loved all the people in her sessions. Relatable to everyone at some stage in their lives. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-20

loved every minute!

I laughed, cried and gasped. so many great moments in this book, I was disappointed when it ended!

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  • Penelope van Beek
  • 10-09-20

Rich & Beautiful

I loved this book. Educational for an aspiring therapist like me, but so human and real. The stories melt your heart. I laughed, cried, looked into each character and into myself. I will read this over and over I suspect and get new insight every time.