[Reading] ➿ Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Author Christie Tate – Raovathaiphong.info

Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life This was totally engrossing and intensely personal I read it in a day and will be thinking about Christie, therapy, healing, love, intimacy, and group dynamics in a new way from now on. The Refreshingly Original Debut Memoir Of A Guarded, Over Achieving, Self Lacerating Young Lawyer Who Reluctantly Agrees To Get Psychologically And Emotionally Naked In A Room Of Six Complete Strangers Her Psychotherapy Group And In Turn Finds Human Connection, And HerselfChristie Tate Had Just Been Named The Top Student In Her Law School Class And Finally Had Her Eating Disorder Under Control Why Then Was She Driving Through Chicago Fantasizing About Her Own Death Why Was She Envisioning Putting An End To The Isolation And Sadness That Still Plagued Her In Spite Of Her Achievements Enter Dr Rosen, A Therapist Who Calmly Assures Her That If She Joins One Of His Psychotherapy Groups, He Can Transform Her Life All She Has To Do Is Show Up And Be Honest About Everything Her Eating Habits, Childhood, Sexual History, Etc Christie Is Skeptical, Insisting That That She Is Defective, Beyond Cure But Dr Rosen Issues A Nine Word Prescription That Will Change Everything You Don T Need A Cure, You Need A Witness So Begins Her Entry Into The Strange, Terrifying, And Ultimately Life Changing World Of Group Therapy Christie Is Initially Put Off By Dr Rosen S Outlandish Directives, But As Her Defenses Break Down And She Comes To Trust Dr Rosen And To Depend On The Sessions And The Prescribed Nightly Phone Calls With Various Group Members, She Begins To Understand What It Means To Connect Group Is A Deliciously Addictive Read, And With Christie As Our Guide Skeptical Of Her Own Capacity For Connection And Intimacy, But Hopeful In Spite Of Herself We Are Given A Front Row Seat To The Daring, Exhilarating, Painful, And Hilarious Journey That Is Group Therapy An Under Explored Process That Breaks You Down, And Then Reassembles You So That All The Pieces Finally Fit Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy.Wow I loved following the progression of Christie and really seeing therapy work for her The concept of this group therapy seemed so unique I applaude Christie and the others in the group share such personal things and to really make connections and force each other out of their comfort zone So many things seemed so relatable about her thought process, but she trusted in the program and it ended up working for her. I received a free ARC of this from Netgalley.I actually ended up liking this onethan I thought I would I think we all need a group either professionally or personally to feel safe with and be our authentic selves A look into one woman s quest to better herself through multiple group therapies. Author Christie Tate writes openly about her years of being a member of an unconventional therapy group Why unconventional Because in this group setting, members are encouraged to engage challenge others to grow beyond what s holding them back Christie bares all her angst in this book and it s clear that it s her roadmap and no one else s I read an advance copy and was not compensated Love memoirs, this one not so much Felt like it was trying so hard to be what itsnot Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. Read July 2020 I love reading advice columns and shows about people in therapy I find the way people see their own problems fascinating, and I find them evenfascinating when taken through another person who is there to consider and possibly disagree with the way a person sees their problems I am frustrated that I can t read a million books about people sharing their experiences in therapy But I get it Sometimes when I watch read hear these stories I think, Wow, how can anyone be okay sharing this mu I love reading advice columns and shows about people in therapy I find the way people see their own problems fascinating, and I find them evenfascinating when taken through another person who is there to consider and possibly disagree with the way a person sees their problems I am frustrated that I can t read a million books about people sharing their experiences in therapy But I get it Sometimes when I watch read hear these stories I think, Wow, how can anyone be okay sharing this much of themselves publicly, even if they re anonymized It is hard to put yourself out there to a therapist, it is harder to put that conversation out there in the world This book is not one where the author is being guarded about what she presents of her life to you Not even a little And it s not a normal book about therapy either And I loved every single page I could read 100books like this, and I would be okay with at least a fewof them being written by Tate herself.Even though I love stories about therapy, I admit I was skeptical that the book would work Memoirs can be about too much or too little, sometimes the writer has not fully grappled with something, and sometimes they find themselvesinteresting than anyone else does All of these seemed to be potential pitfalls here But I didn t run into any of them At first I wondered if it would be enough, would there be enough drama and conflict Would it be a pretty run of the mill story But of course even a run of the mill story is fascinating if you tell it the right way We learn right away that the trigger event that got Tate into therapy in her 20 s was feelings of suicidal ideation after years of struggling with an eating disorder It s serious, but you wonder, she seems well adjusted, after all she just got first in her class in law school But don t worry, there is a lot to Tate that you don t see on the surface at first.The thing is, this is a seriously dramatic story full of conflict and also full of growth It delivers on every level Tate is interesting, the therapy is interesting we ll get to that, and it is incredibly interesting to see the actual progress of how she changes over time It helps that Tate is willing to be so open about her actions and her flaws that it verges on discomfort for the reader There are some cringe y moments, but a lot of this is because Tate is never trying to defend or soften herself And I suspect the cringe isof our own defense mechanisms kicking in than anything else The therapy here is, well, I don t think it s an overstatement to call it nontraditional It isn t just that this is group therapy Tate s therapist isn t like any I ve ever encountered before The prescriptions he gives his patients are often horrifying His actions are often horrifying The typical boundaries of therapist and patient are basically nonexistent And I suspect people who don t like this book will dislike it because of how uncomfortable they are with Tate herself and with her therapist s actions I am not a therapist and I ve never had a therapist like this one and I can t say that I endorse anything that happens in this book But I can t deny the effects on Tate The group insists on a complete lack of privacy as well as a lack of confidentiality, and wow did I bristle reading that and I suspect others will, too Even for me, a person who is far too open about herself to strangers in public, it is maybe not the right way But there s no denying how it plays out in Tate s life At first it also seems like the group will be an antagonistic experience, but it turns out that being totally open about yourself with strangers can help you betotally open with yourself and the people in your life I m not going to turn around and tell you to try to replicate Tate s experience, but it certainly makes for riveting reading I read this in less than a day.You really can t deny the work Tate did that she s laid out for you here She doesn t have those flaws I see in memoir so often when someone lacks perspective on an event or isn t fully honest with themselves or has neglected to understand the repercussions of their actions Tate sure seems to see everything pretty clearly The writing is honest and clear, Tate guides you through with warm openness while still being herself, messy and crass and critical I have been Twitter mutuals with Tate for many years from back in our blogging days Some of the stories and fears shared in this was great and it definitely had some LOL moments however, there must be some kind of rules broken by the therapist who leads the group when she starts over sharing to the participants in group If I was going to support, I would feel creeped out when the therapist is taking over and spilling her guts Still a worthy read for people that find comfort for their issues in a setting like this but it may not be for all.Goof writing and some stories but ta Some of the stories and fears shared in this was great and it definitely had some LOL moments however, there must be some kind of rules broken by the therapist who leads the group when she starts over sharing to the participants in group If I was going to support, I would feel creeped out when the therapist is taking over and spilling her guts Still a worthy read for people that find comfort for their issues in a setting like this but it may not be for all.Goof writing and some stories but taking away a star for the therapist who is crossing some unsafe boundaries, I still appreciate this book.Thanks to Netgalley, the author and Avid Reader Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Available 10 6 20

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