In Need of Therapy

In Need of Therapy

by Tracie Banister

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In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister

Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she�s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how�s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who�s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it�s �too late.� Although she�d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar�s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he�s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480035843
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2012
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the fun summer read, IN NEED OF THERAPY.

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In Need of Therapy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TheRomanceBookie22 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was just what I needed to get me out of a week of poli-sci homework! Loved it! I highly recommend this one to any chick-lit lover! Super cute one, I promise! I loved the fact that Pilar was a therapist, just because of all the analyzing humor she did. At one point she went on a date with this super obnoxious body-builder guy, who OMG I wanted to kick his face! This guy was such a jackass! He kept making absolutely rude comments to Pilar about her eating choices, and telling her how much fat she was eating, and how she should really think about losing fifteen pounds AND THEN AFTERWARDS getting a personal trainer! You know what I would have done? I would taken that WHITE ROLL, because this guy had a racist thing going on with white food!!, and eaten that damn thing! AND ENJOYED IT!! And then afterwards I would been like, "Okay, while I enjoyed this tasteless food that you have ordered for me...NOT, I've got to get going and get myself a BIG FAT JUICY hamburger with a nice order of fries!!" haha Just kidding, but seriously, that guy was a complete jerk! I just loved Pilar's reaction to him, and how she realized immediately that this guy was not for her! Pilar's mother, WOW!, as a mother she would drive me insane! But definitely a super entertaining person! Her sister, Izzy, while a pain in the ass, I definitely didn't blame her sometimes on her wanting to rebel against her parents, however, she definitely was a spoiled little brat! And Oh God, how can I forget!! Ford!! OMG FORD!! What a hottie!! Dark hair, blue eyes! YES!! My type of guy right there!! I imagined a middle aged Zac Efron...:), McDreamy 2.0! So if you're interested in reading In Need of Therapy, then you can either buy it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $1.99!! :) Definitely read it! :) The Romance Bookie :)
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Pilar Alvarez is trying to make it as a new psychologist in Miami, find her Mr. Wonderful to share her life with, and babysit her younger, troublesome sister. Life is crazy to say the least and seems to only get crazier when she meets Ford, the cute BUT married Doctor next door. Will Pilar find love before her mother declares her an eternal spinster? Or could love be right around the corner? After coming down from my latest read...a zombie one I might add...In Need of Therapy was perfect book to bring me back into the real world. It is a comical read that was just too cute for words. There were too many funny and favorite quotes to mention, but this one was my fav… "Wow, it's like being back in Psych 101. Now, I remember why I dropped that class." Izzy chomped down on the chewy center of her Tootsie Pop. "I'll just leave the two of you to overanalyze yourselves into a stupor." When it comes to characters that are easy to love In Need of Therapy has exactly that. Pilar is a great character that has a good head on her shoulders compared to the rest of her family. You really want it all to work out for her in the end. Izzy is a fun character that made sure she kept her sister (and the rest of her family) on their toes. But the one character that had me laughing was Victor. Lord help him, if he wasn't so dumb, his actions would be considered threatening. He is like an annoying bug that won’t stop bugging you. Poor guy, he just doesn’t think. In Need of Therapy has a smart, funny storyline that has you smiling the whole time. The author will keep you laughing and smirking through most of the book with her witty writing and silly characters. So if you are looking for a fun, chick-lit story to read while sitting at the pool this summer…look no further. In Need of Therapy is just the book for you.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I've been following Tracie for a while on Twitter, so when she approached me to review this book, I jumped at the opportunity. It sounded fun and I like to support indie authors when I have time. I'll be honest with you. I underestimated how much fun and just how entertaining this book was going to be. This book is perfect as a summer read. The book follows Dr. Pilar Alvarez throughout her new psychotherapy practice and through her admittedly crazy family life. I'm not sure where there were more nuts...in her practice or family. Pilar is Latino and lives in South Beach. The thing that makes Pilar a great therapist, makes her life really tough. She's a nice person, always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt. She understands what makes people tick and why they do certain things which makes her an extremely empathetic soul. It also means that others don't think too hard about taking advantage of her. From her obsessive ex, who didn't become that way until she made him an ex to the good-looking man-whore Mitch, who's her patient. Her life is filled with the "wrong" guys. Even her new friend and colleague, Ford, the new psychiatrist who moved in across the hall is wrong in that he's married. Add to that, she's living with her 23 yo wild-child sister, is on the verge of her 30th birthday with a mother who's sure she's about to become a spinster, is close to losing her practice as she's hanging by a financial thread....and things are a little stressful in her life. The book is told entirely in 1st person from Pilar's POV and it's so funny. You get to see into her sessions with some of her more "entertaining" patients. You also see way more of her family than Pilar would really like. It's simply a fun book to read. I liked Pilar. She's just a nice person who gets screwed way more than she should, so it was fun to read how everything works out for her in the end. From one page to another, I wasn't sure how that was going to happen, but I like how it finally did. I liked it! I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite I just finished reading a great book that I enjoyed so much! In Need of Therapy, the first book released by author Tracie Banister, is simply a delight. Follow the story of psychologist Pilar Alvarez. While she's the rock that all of her patients count on to help them sort out their problems, her own life is a bit of mess. Dealing with her dramatic sister, a mom who's determined to get her married off, and a love life that's less than stellar, Pilar's ready to go crazy dealing with her own issues. And it's not like she isn't looking for someone to share her life with; she'd really love that. But her options seemed limited, and not that great. She's confused and not sure where to turn, but she knows she's got to figure something out, and soon. In Need of Therapy was, in a word, wonderful. I was hooked from the very first page and couldn't put the book down until I had read through until the very end. Author Tracie Banister has done a great job in creating characters that her readers will absolutely relate to, connect with, and care about. If that's not the hallmark of a great writer, I don't know what is. In Need of Therapy would appeal to any reader who enjoys chick lit, women's fiction, or just a plain good work of fiction in general. I highly recommend In Need of Therapy and will certainly be watching to see what author Tracie Banister has in store for her readers next!
traci6276 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Pilar Alvarez seems to have it all: She’s intelligent, compassionate and beautiful, and she has just opened her own psychology practice in sunny South Beach. The problem is that her neurotic patients, self-absorbed ex boyfriend, and crazy Cuban-American family members (who have just as many neuroses as her patients) are taking advantage of her good nature and driving her to the brink of personal and professional ruin. In a moment of weakness, Pilar ends up in the arms of a dashing doctor of psychiatry who has recently moved into her office building. But the sexy shrink has a past—one that sends Pilar into a spiral of self-doubt. She has to learn to trust herself again or she will lose everything. Like Pilar, In Need of Therapy has it all. For one thing, Miami and South Beach make for a flashy and splashy setting. And Pilar’s Cuban heritage adds even more color to the story. Her family members are perfectly portrayed: the patient papá, the beauty-queen-turned-drama-queen mamá, and the pierced party-girl sister, just to name a few. And I love the way that Tracie Banister works in little details specific to Pilar’s ethnicity; for example, when Pilar is trying keep from smiling even though she "felt happy enough to burst open like a piñata filled with too much candy.” Pilar’s swimsuit designer friend Sara, her patients, and her ex also add a lot of fun and flair to the plot, not to mention the two surprising twists near the end. Speaking of the end, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book was the epilogue, in which Banister follows up on what’s been going on with Pilar, her family, and her patients months later (you know, the same plot device you see in hilarious movies like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and more recently “The Hangover.”) And on the subject of movies, In Need of Therapy would make a terrific romantic comedy. Simply put: I am in awe, Tracie Banister.  Sequel, please!
1morepage More than 1 year ago
In Need of Therapy, Tracie Banister's second novel, has been on my TBR list since I finished Blame it on the Fame. I've been so busy reading other books by my new amazing Indie author friends, that I kept putting it off. I wish I hadn't! This story was so much fun to read. I was drawn into Pilar's world and her problems. She is your typical "middle-child" adult: the mediator, the one who gets taken advantage of, the one who just wants peace and love. That's the last thing she gets, though. I could relate to her need to keep the peace, to cover up for her sister - even though having her sister live with her disrupted Pilar's life to the point of frustration. The angst between Pilar and her ex-boyfriend was really fun to read and I know I kept rolling my eyes like "Is he ever gonna get it?!?!" And the antics from Pilar's mother had me in stitches, so dramatic and lovable. And when one of the nephews caught the couch on fire?? Oh my gosh, tears streaming down my cheeks from laughing! I feel like if I say much more, I'm going to give away the book and I don't want to do that. Ms. Banister's characters are well-drawn out, the extra bits of setting make the story come alive and the way all of her characters relate to each other - well it makes you wonder if she has a huge whiteboard hanging on the wall with arrows pointing this way and that. This book really does have it all and that's one of the things I love about Ms. Banister's work. There's something for everyone in the stories - that and there are stories within the stories. I love the depth of each novel.  You'd be crazy not to buy it and add to your Tracie Banister collection!
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
In Need Of Therapy by Tracie Banister This was such a fun book. I could honestly see this made into a weekly tv show with all the zany patients and family members. Pilar Alvarez is the therapist who gets into some strange situations. There's her old boyfriend Victor, who just can't seem to let go of. There are many comical situations with her former beauty queen mama wanting her to get married and produce granddaughters and the sister Izzy who can't seem to stay out of trouble. And, then there is the sexy new neighbor in her office building, Dr. Jonathan Fordham, who she becomes good friends with. I loved this book and how everything wrapped up in the end. I recommend this book to anyone who wants good entertainment and a good laugh. It's a great one to sit by the pool with this summer.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
In Need of Therapy is the second novel by Tracie Banister. She sent me her latest novel to share with all of you. Synopsis: Pilar is excited to be starting her practice as a psychologist. She has a little help from family but is excited to be out on her own. It also doesn’t hurt that the new neighbor is a handsome psychiatrist Dr. Ford. Pilar dishes out advice to her clients, family, and friends. Will she take some of her own advice? When drama occurs with her younger sister Izzy, and her ex who still thinks he is part of her life. What will happen next? My Thoughts: This is my first novel by Tracie Banister. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it! This novel was easy to read for me. The author did a great job keeping me interested in what would happen next. The story is engrossing! I found that several characters were easy to identify with. I found myself wanting to fight for Pilar and her success. I thought the author did a great job of writing about the Latino Culture in Miami area. She is very insightful how she develops character. I had questions throughout this novel about Ford. I wondered what his true relationship with Pilar would be? The author waited till the end to tell us, but it was worth the wait. A definite read for International Chick Lit Month!
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh and appreciate the nutty family we all have. Pilar is a psychologist who is trying to build her own practice, play mother hen to her younger sister, and handle passes made from patients. This was a very well written book; you could relate to Pilar's life and the roller coaster ride that ensues. Really, what's a girl to do when you have three men chasing after you, hopefully pick the right one. The witty humor kept me with a smile on my face all the while I was reading the book. In the end Pilar gets her man. I would recommend this book, it is very entertaining. I would give 4 stars.
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