We have all heard the expression, "Doctor! Heal thyself!" and usually said it with a smile; but in all seriousness, what is a therapist to do when she finds herself in need of the same kind of tender ear and therapeutic advice that she usually offers to patients of her own? Therapist Lori Gottlieb explores this conundrum in her memoir Maybe You Should Talk To Someone in which she explains how she made it through a particularly difficult period of time in both her personal and her professional life. She writes the book from the perspective of both a therapy professional and a therapy patient, and studies four other patients as well as herself in the book, detailing how life conspired to make them the people they are and to put them into the situations in which they now find themselves.
The book was extremely well-received, arriving on the New York Times bestseller list remarkably quickly, and also being named a must-read by both Time magazine and Oprah Winfrey's O. At the end of 2019 it was announced that the book is being developed for television serialization with Eva Longoria taking on the role of protagonist Gottlieb.
Gottlieb has written many columns about therapy and mental wellness, and is also a weekly contributor to The Atlantic, for which she writes the Dear Therapist column.