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Group: HowOneTherapistandaCircleof StrangersSavedMyLife | Christie Tate
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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 strangersher psychotherapy groupand in turn finds human connection, and herself. Christie 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 everythingher 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 dont 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. Rosens 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 guideskeptical of her own capacity for connection and intimacy, but hopeful in spite of herselfwe are given a front row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful, and hilarious journey that is group therapyan under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so that all the pieces finally fit.
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DebinHawaii
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#ArtfulAugust

The book that made me decide emphatically that group #therapy is not for me & my introverted brain & soul!!
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A #SundayBuddyRead that I didn‘t love but was interesting.

Eggs Agreed, painful for introverts 1mo
MicheleinPhilly You couldn‘t pay me to go to group therapy. I‘m paying for it - why would I want to spend money to listen to other people‘s problems? 1mo
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Natalieeliz
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The first word that comes to mind here is Raw. The author doesn‘t shy away from the embarrassing, heart-wrenching, painful moments of life for her main character. I connected with this narrator as a millennial with parents who always taught me to smile, put on a good face, and hide any emotion. Learning to accept all emotions, even if they are ugly, is a journey we go on with this book.
TL;DR: 9/10. Do it to gain insight into your own mind.

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allureofbeauty
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Erynecki
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It takes moxie to pour your heart out on the page. Tate shares incredibly personal stories (TMI at times, for me) but she‘s brutally honest with her group and, eventually, herself. The book tells one woman‘s story and the power of connections and the positive role therapy can play in our lives. I‘m partial to this sentence from the NY Journal of Books review: “It makes for an addictively voyeuristic, often squirm-inducing read.”

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brittanybooks
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Pickpick

I had this book on hold for so long at the library. So worth the read. It went by too quick! I want more! Very entertaining and hilarious and sweet. #book44of2022

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rather_be_reading
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Book 48

Magpiegem I‘m interested to hear what you think of this one! X 7mo
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jspoelker
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Pickpick

A spectacularly vulnerable book that is anecdotal, personal, & down right hilarious at points. The author brings you right into the group with everyone‘s faults, fantasies, and triumphs. It‘s well written and the audio version is great.

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candority
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Panpan

Yikes, this was bad. I really hope people don‘t believe that this is what group therapy is like. Dr. Rosen‘s methods are unethical and it was infuriating to read about their sessions. I‘m also glad that I don‘t have to spend another second reading about Tate‘s sex life. She clearly has no idea what asexuality means and labels herself “borderline asexual” and a “sexual anorexic” whenever she experiences relationship problems. 1⭐️ bit.ly/3FhZPYS

TheRiehlDeal 😳 And Reese picked this for her book club?! So there weren‘t any other books she could have picked? It has a pick rating of 42% on here. To each their own I guess. 🤷‍♂️ 10mo
candority @TheRiehlDeal Right?! I‘m baffled by her decision to feature this book 😬 10mo
Zoe-h Why use the term “borderline asexual” when that is literally the definition of greysexual. (edited) 10mo
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Megabooks I wish I had panned this, but apparently I gave it a so-so. I remember hating the same things you did!! 10mo
candority @Zoe-h She clearly didn‘t know - or care - what asexuality is, let alone greysexuality. Her whole life (at least how she presents it in the book) revolved around her sex life and finding a long term partner. She only used the term asexual whenever she wasn‘t currently in a sexual relationship with someone 🙄 10mo
candority @Megabooks Never too late to change your rating! 10mo
Zoe-h @candority It really sucks that there‘s no Ace rep out there. 10mo
candority @Zoe-h I hope there will be more soon! 10mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Mehso-so

I‘d seen this book all over and thought I‘d give it a try! On the plus side, it definitely kept my attention and was super interesting! I finished it in a few days. On the other hand, it become a bit one note after a while. She struggled with relationships with men and her group helped her. It‘s kind of in between a pick and so so for me. But I think I‘m going with so so. If you read it, what did you think?

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Magpiegem
Mehso-so

Book 23-2021 OK so I have big feelings about this book. I‘m a psychotherapist so I guess I would. I don‘t actually know where to begin... the practice is so unethical and dangerous that I am astounded this man has been allowed to continue his work. I feel heavy with the undue harm he has most definitely done to clients. And for what? An experiment? Financial gain- the realizations the author comes to in this book could have been done safely and ⬇️

Magpiegem Much more quickly in one to one work done within an ethical framework. The way he manipulates clients lives is just very frightening and I am saddened for these people who went seeking help and were actually taken advantage of so greatly. I appreciated the authors honesty of her own experience although I found her reading of the book dry. I was left upset and concerned for those involved ⭐️⭐️ 11mo
FelinesAndFelonies Yeah. It oozes ethical issues. 11mo
Cinfhen OMG!! This book left me so upset too!!! I was traumatized by the unorthodox therapy. 11mo
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Magpiegem @Cinfhen I can‘t stop thinking about it... I assume this man is still practicing. So frightening that this is allowed! 11mo
Cinfhen Shocking!!!!! I was floored!! Can‘t believe no red flags were waved when this was published 😲 11mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen hmm I may have to do some more research- I cannot believe nothing came of this. I‘ll let you know what I find! 11mo
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Magpiegem
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Up next on audio is this book about the authors experience of group therapy. It popped up on my library app and as a Psychotherapist I can never resist a chance to read about someone‘s experience of therapy. I‘ve recently cancelled my Audible because we are on a serious money diet so I feel so lucky to be able to loan audio books so easily nowadays.

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Beccacraft
Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this memoir. First, I love that the author is confident and healthy enough to share her journey through therapy. It is inspiring although some of the details she provided in her book were graphic and/or unsettling. Second, I think group therapy (and more specifically this type of group therapy detailed in the book) works for some people but some of the details and sessions made me feel uneasy while reading the book.

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MaggieCarr
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Bailedbailed

Bailing at 1/3 - when the therapist sex dreams start. I'm sure some people liked this book, it just wasn't for me. Leaving unrated)

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Chab256
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Pickpick

I read 25 books last year. This year, I've read 1: Group. 😂🤦‍♀️
People have many opinions about Dr. Rosen & Christie, but as someone who never completely shares anything, I really liked the idea of a place of no secrets...total accountability for who we are. I honestly think I might find this type of therapy more beneficial than 1 on 1.

*Altho he found it weird, my 9 yo Eli models the book for this pic! 😂❤️

#SundayBuddyRead
#BOTM

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mcctrish
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Pickpick

I loved this book. In the beginning, it was hard sometimes to listen to some of her choices and towards the end when she was so much better but still struggling in relationships I was yelling “you are worth more than this!” Which is something we all need to hear sometimes ❤️

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cwarnier
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#sundaybuddyread
I know this was last months read, and I am a bit behind, but I enjoyed this read greatly. I don't read much in the genre of memoirs.
#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Bklover
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Mehso-so

Between so-so and a 👎. I didn‘t like the ethics of the therapist, and I didn‘t much care for Christie either. I admire her wanting to tell her story, but I just found this whole thing to be a bit much.

Megabooks 💯💯 agree with your review!! 1y
Cinfhen I didn‘t love this one either. I thought the therapist was totally unethical and I found Christine SUPER SELF ABSORBED 🙄 1y
Moonprismpower Yes! I thought the therapy didn‘t seem much like therapy. 1y
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kspenmoll Totally agree with your review!! 1y
Bklover When writing a book about yourself I guess you will appear somewhat self involved but this was crazy. And this woman must be made of money to afford this much “therapy”. (I use the term therapy loosely). Rolled my eyes so much I gave myself a headache. @Cinfhen @Megabooks @Moonprismpower @kspenmoll 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 1y
Megabooks Did anyone else find it suspect that his special second group she‘s a part of was all the people in the highest paid professions?? And most therapists want to get you better to the point where you need LESS therapy not more!! @Bklover @Cinfhen @Moonprismpower @kspenmoll 1y
Moonprismpower @Megabooks @Bklover yes! First red flag was lack of confidentiality. Second was third tiered therapy. Like oh you made it next level. But not a good way in my opinion to get help. Group therapy sounds good. But I wouldn‘t want to be in hers. 1y
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mcctrish
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I‘m finding the group process interesting

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Decalino
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Wow, this memoir was something else. Author Christie Tate began group therapy under the supervision of a psychiatrist who seems to be more Yoda than standard issue therapist. Everyone in the group must be radically honest about their feelings and lives, but only the doctor was bound to confidentiality. I can't even imagine revealing so much under those circumstances, but it makes for interesting reading. TW: eating disorders.

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Sargar114
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Mehso-so

This one was hard to put down at times and hard to pick back up at others. Hence the mediocre rating. I admire Christie‘s bravery in being so vulnerable and telling her story. I won‘t be critical of her story other than to say it wasn‘t for me. Read for #sundaybuddyread and can‘t believe how late I finished, the end just dragged for me.

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rjsthumbelina
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Mehso-so

I found the group methods here to be lacking - the therapist eventually got positive results, but did it with questionable ethics. But #sundaybuddyread focused on it as a memoir, and from that angle, it's enjoyable. Christie makes you want to slap her more than once, but it's interesting enough to keep you reading. And Christie does grow significantly throughout the book, though not to the level I think we would have liked to see.

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DebinHawaii
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Mehso-so

Just a so-so for me. I had a hard time liking the author although I admire her for putting EVERYTHING out there & I‘m glad she found something that helped her. I had difficulties with her therapist Dr. Rosen & some of his methods & this memoir affirmed that Group Therapy is not for my introvert soul.😉 Glad I read it with #sundaybuddyread as @TheBookHippie leads discussions that make me want to keep reading even if the book isn‘t my favorite.🤗

Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t joined in for a while but I have to agree that @TheBookHippie is a fantastic moderator of the discussion. Always comes up with great questions!! 1y
TheBookHippie @Prairiegirl_reading AWE!! I do put my best effort in!! 💜 💜 💜
This book was everything you said!!

I have hope for JULY!!
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AmyG Yes to all this!!! 1y
ScriboGero I‘d be curious what you think of the doctor in Facing Lillia by Collette Shedd. I can get you a review copy if you‘re interested. 1y
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katy4peas
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Mehso-so

Wow. This book is VERY raw and honest. The therapy methods at times are unconventional and borderline inappropriate, but at the same time they all resolve themselves by the lessons learned. Christie and her group mates grow very close and the methods used seem to truly help them. Definitely not what I would choose for myself, but I‘m not in that situation and I applaud her for being so brave and speaking her truth. #sundaybuddyread

katy4peas Many possible triggers: sexual, eating disorders, suicidal. This book is about her struggles with life and her experiences with therapy. 1y
katy4peas Overall, a very interesting memoir that I found to be a page-turner. 1y
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vlwelser
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Mehso-so

This started out really strong but honestly I got a bit bored somewhere in the middle.

#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie. Final discussion this Sunday. Until then 🤐🤐🤐

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@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one!! 1y
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mollyrotondo
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am very happy that #sundaybuddyread turned me on to this book since I normally don‘t read memoirs on my own. I learned a lot about group therapy and how certain people can benefit from it. I even found some life improvement tips that I can follow myself. I appreciate Tate putting her story out there for us to read. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 24 pick.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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sprainedbrain
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I just *had* to finish today, since I only had 5 more days & another library patron was waiting.😉

A memoir that reads like a novel is a good thing for me. While I thought some of the things that went on with Dr. Rosen & the groups seemed unorthodox & maybe just a bit batsh*t, I can appreciate that it‘s Tate‘s (frustrating, funny) story tell. I was entertained!

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Looking forward to more discussion—a great 1st #SundayBuddyRead for me!

AmyG Agreed. I thought some of Dr Rosen‘s “treatments” for lack of a better word were nuts. What do I know. I have yet to finish but yes…I am entertained. 1y
TheBookHippie Yay!!! So glad you joined in. 1y
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