Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

Written by:
Christie Tate
Narrated by:
Christie Tate
Price: $25.99 $6.99

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2020
10 hours 6 minutes

The refreshingly original and “startlingly hopeful” (Lisa Taddeo) debut memoir of an over-achieving young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to group therapy and gets psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers—and 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 despite 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.

“Often hilarious, and ultimately very touching” (People), Group is “a wild ride” (The Boston Globe), and with Christie as our guide, 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.
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Loved this book so much!

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This book hooked me fast and wouldn't let go. I found myself tearing up regularly and outright crying on the bus. It was so hopeful and moving and I can't wait to listen again.

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Bruce M.

Good. On many levels. This is not a peepshow view of one person's path to the life she desires, it's more of a 'sit down with me and I'll tell you _everything_' event. It's open, witty, and interesting. She was trained in therapy not to keep secrets, so you get the whole enchilada with sauce that drips off the plate. While getting my noodle wrenched on would likely do me well, what I really lust is the connection of a group like hers. It's nowhere near my normal genre, but I'm glad I chose this book.

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Jurgita Ziabkinaite

A truly amazing story. well read too

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I was not able to finish the book. There was too much unnecessary profanity. I have no problem with a little bit of profanity when it adds to the character or story, but in this case it simply felt unnecessary.

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Marian C.

Good read it was informative and entertaining to hear about the author’s journey through therapy.

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Two thumbs down. Talk about a needy character.... Yuck!

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