There was a time in the not-too-distant past when talk therapy was seen by many to be reserved only for those with the most severe emotional or psychological problems.
But in recent years, as maintaining good mental health practices has become more visible to the public eye, attitudes towards talk therapy have taken a more accepting approach. Data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America gathered in 2015 showed that adults 18-25 are more accepting when it comes to mental health care and that 60 percent of respondents said they saw seeing a therapist or other mental health professional as a sign of strength.
The Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” columnist and talk therapist Lori Gottlieb dives into this in her new book “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed,” which is on the NYT Best Seller list. In the book, Gottlieb brings readers along on a journey through the therapy sessions of a few of her patients and even dives into her own therapy sessions, pulling back the curtain on what your therapist might really be looking for when they ask you those leading questions and why you shouldn’t worry whether or not your therapist likes you or finds you “interesting.”
Today on AirTalk, Gottlieb joins Larry Mantle to talk about her experience as a therapist going to therapy, and we’ll take calls from therapists who want to share how they deal with their own psychological needs. If you’re a therapist or a mental health professional, how do you deal with your own psychological needs? Join the conversation at 866-893-5722.
Lori will be talking about her book with former TIME Magazine and Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein as part of 'Writers Bloc Presents' on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills. For tickets and more event information, click here.
Lori Gottlieb, author of the new book “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2019); she is a psychotherapist based in Los Angeles and writer of the weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column for The Atlantic; she tweets @LoriGottlieb1