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Course: NEW! Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (This course is not available for CE for psychologists))
(This course is not available for CE for psychologists).

CE Credit Hours: 17
Fee: $64

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One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter her therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives, she finds the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to her therapist.

With wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, offers a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and provides a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them. (Amended from the book)

Author's Note This is a book that asks, “How do we change?” and answers with “In relation to others”. The relationships I write about here, between therapists and patients, require a sacred trust for any change to occur. While protecting identities, changes were carefully considered and painstakingly chosen to remain true to the spirit of each story while also serving the greater goal: to reveal our shared humanity so that we can see ourselves more clearly. Which is to say, if you see yourself in these pages, it's both coincidental and intentional. (Amended from the book)

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Readers will be able to identify and explain ethical issues related to boundaries and dual relationships within the counseling profession.
  • Clinicians will be able to describe some of the personal challenges that a therapist faces in conducting therapy and attending his or her own personal therapy.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the process of building empathy and therapeutic rapport with several types of clients.
  • Readers will be able to describe the therapeutic process of change.
  • Clinicians will be able to identify several types of defense mechanisms and provide examples of ways that they are used to protect the individual.
  • Readers will develop an understanding of some of the core existential issues people face, such as death, isolation, and the search for meaning, and be able to describe ways these present in the therapeutic process.
  • Participants will be able to name a few of the benefits of therapists’ being a part of a professional consultation group.
  • Readers will develop a deeper understanding of the therapeutic process as a whole and be able to explain the stages from intake to termination.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and a New York Times best-selling author who writes the weekly ?Dear Therapist? advice column for the Atlantic, where she is also a contributing editor. She has written for the New York Times Magazine and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN and NPR, She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.