The Unspeakable Podcast

Who Needs Therapy? Lori Gottlieb On the View from Both Sides of the Couch

February 21, 2021
In her bestselling book Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, author Lori Gottlieb tells the stories of five people in psychotherapy. Four are her own patients and one is Lori herself. A practicing therapist for more than a decade, she took an unusual route to her vocation, working as a television writer and then attending medical school before realizing that her love of storytelling could be combined with helping people in a clinical setting. Since then, she’s become celebrated as a writer and as a therapist. Lori spoke with Meghan what's most often misunderstood about therapy, what therapists secretly think of their patients and how to know when it’s time to end treatment. She also talked about her work with singles seeking committed partnerships, the pros and cons of dating apps and how having realistic expectations is not the same thing as “settling.” 
Guest Bio: 
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is currently being adapted as a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes the “Dear Therapist” advice column for The Atlantic and is co-host of the popular “Dear Therapists” podcast. Her recent TED talk was one of the top ten most watched of the year. Find her at

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