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In Need of Therapy

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  284 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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?

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published July 19th 2012
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Susan Buchanan
Jul 26, 2012 Susan Buchanan rated it it was amazing
I asked the author if I could write an independent review of this book, and was provided with an Advance Review Copy.

How glad was I! What a superb read. I've been meaning to read the author's first book, Blame It on the Fame (and I will), but I hadn't quite had time yet. So when I found out In Need of Therapy was launching soon, I was keen to be the first to get my mitts on it. There were so many things that appealed to me about this book. First it's set in Miami and South Florida, where I have
Hilary Grossman
Sep 01, 2014 Hilary Grossman rated it it was amazing
Banister immediately grabbed my attention and kept it! A fast paced, fun, quick read (perfect for the beach or pool). I was barely able to put the book down. I immediately fell in love with Pilar and her crazy family. Especially her mother!!! All her characters, main or supporting, were brilliantly portrayed. All were fully developed with such great and unique personalities…

As a chick lit lover, of course I enjoyed the love aspect. But the part of the story that really grabbed my attention was
May 20, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Miami’s South Beach is famous for its star studded clubs and lavish beaches. Guys and girls with the perfect tan and even more perfect bodies. People with endless supplies of money driving around in the newest “It” car. But not everyone’s life is perfect. And for those people there is Pilar Alvarez. Pilar is a psychologist who recently opened up her own practice in South Beach. Hoping to help others with her professional advice and sympathetic ear, while dealing with her own issues isn’t going t ...more
The Little Black Book Blog
Apr 15, 2013 The Little Black Book Blog rated it really liked it
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This book was the epitome of cute! This is the story of Pilar. She is an up and coming psychologist, struggling to survive in South Beach. With a family that would make a saint want to run for the hills and more than enough men problems, this book is hilariously witty!

I loved Pilar! She is an independent woman who is very career focused. Love isn't on the forefront of her mind. But somehow, she mana
Gina Henning
Sep 05, 2014 Gina Henning rated it it was amazing
First off this book needs to be made into a movie. The characters are so fully developed, so many fantastic lines. Almost each page I was laughing out loud! I loved experiencing the Miami environment and the culture of Pilar's family.
There were several big surprises in this story, I won't spoil it-you'll need to read for yourself and you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend this book if you want to enjoy a engaging story filled with sexy guys, laugh out loud moments, Miami beach, and a hear
Sep 12, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
A great story that was an absolute riot to read. Many, Many, Many laugh out loud moments through out. Tracie's "Blame it on the Fame" is wonderful and is a tough act to follow, but in my opinion "In need of Therapy" moves the bar even higher. Tracie is very talented I am betting that the entertainment value of her next novel surpasses the achievements of her first two successes.
Cat Lavoie
Sep 11, 2012 Cat Lavoie rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! :)
Samantha Janning
Aug 02, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
I received a copy of In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister in exchange for an honest review. I adored her first novel Blame It on the Fame, and thought this was a fab sophomore offering! The story follows psychologist Pilar Alvarez, an independent woman who loves her career. She isn’t worried about finding a husband – she’s more worried about booting her free-loading younger sister out of her house, and keeping her mama at bay when it comes to her love life. She has a slew of clients at her just ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got this book for free from the Author in exchange of an honest review.

I don't know if I can stop gushing over this book long enough to write a decent review but here it is! Of course when Tracie came to me to read and review her book I couldn't pass up on the chance. Not only was the premise promising but it has been a while since I last read an awesome chick-lit and was a little starved.

In Need of Therapy was exactly the book I needed to fix this craving need. Pilar Alvarez is a new psycholo
Samantha Bailey
Mar 25, 2013 Samantha Bailey rated it it was amazing
I have now read both of Tracie Banister's books: "Blame it on the Fame" and "In Need of Therapy," and I can honestly say she is one of my favorite writers. Banister is brilliant at creating believable, multi-layered and hilarious characters who you either love or hate. Reading about them is always a pleasure. "In Need of Therapy" transports you to the gorgeous setting of Miami, and I loved feeling like I was on a sandy beach when in fact it was freezing cold outside.

The characters in this book
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Oct 21, 2012 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing

Tracy wrote an entertaining story around a psychologist with a host of characters ranging from normal to bizarre. The protagonist, Dr. Pilar Alverez, has very full days balancing an ex-boyfriend/Casanova, a surfer dude/actor who fancies himself in love with her, a young teenage girl who is certain she wants breasts, and a drop dead gorgeous man who opens up a psychiatry office across the hall.

"‘I’ll have a chocolate Banana martini.’ Sarah was a self-admitted chocoholic who had to have it in so
Mar 03, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it
Pilar Alvarez is a psychologist and she has just opened her brand new office. She struggles with very different characters of patients. On one side, there are her patients, on the other, her lunatic family. Her mother is former beauty queen, and every day drama queen, who wants to see her daughters married with bunch of children. Ana, the oldest sister, is married and has three children, and Izzy, the youngest, is the rebel in the family. What’s missing in Pilar’s life is a good and decent man. ...more
Laura Chapman
Sep 28, 2012 Laura Chapman rated it it was amazing
Tracie Banister continues to be one of my favorite new authors with her latest offering, In Need of Therapy.

In Need of Therapy is a laugh out loud story about a fun and somewhat unconventional leading lady. She is sassy and independent, and I loved her from the get go.

Pilar's profession alone sets her apart from others in the chick lit genre. She is a therapist, and that role offers plenty of humor and good natured eye rolling. By including us in her mental analysis or her patients, It was easy
Sophie Moss
Sep 14, 2012 Sophie Moss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
In Need of Therapy is a wonderful read. I finished it in a couple of days. The characters were fantastic, especially Pilar, who was the kind of heroine I'd want to be friends with. I enjoyed and related to her struggle of how to balance her need for an independent lifestyle amidst a whirlwind of modern dating. Victor's antics had me laughing out loud. And I fell in love with Mitch the moment he walked onto the page. This is not my usual genre, but Tracie Banister has an incredible voice. She wea ...more
Kate O'Keeffe
Jan 01, 2015 Kate O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing
This is a classic chick lit, rom com story, full of humor, warmth, and fun. The heroine is both real and thoroughly relatable and the hero is mysterious heart throb material - just as he should be. The storyline moves along at a clipping pace, with fun and interesting characters and situations thrown in to keep you turing the page. A thoroughly enjoyable light read I'd recommend to anyone who loves a feel good story.
Jenny Brenner
Feb 26, 2013 Jenny Brenner rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this fun, light, and humor-packed story of a pre-thirty girl's search for love. The cast of characters provide a colorful backdrop to the saga of trusting (although not always insightful) Pilar, as she tries to build her practice, get her nagging mother to back-off as a match-maker, and juggle an array of men who aren't quite the right fits--or so we think. Loved the Latin flair and Miami setting of this hard-to-stop-reading novel, and can't wait to see what else the author com ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Salisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
I loved It!

I was very much excited to read this book when I got it. I did not the Synopsis when I got it, just got down to reading it right away. So, I very much like how the book started. Dr. Pilar Alvarez is a therapist. A therapist whose practice is just a couple of months old.

The story brought a combination of elements that worked very well.

Pilar is single with a wonderful friend and an annoying Ex-Boyfriend that can't take no for an answer. A Handsome Neighbor who is Married and a Father.
Traci Andrighetti
May 03, 2014 Traci Andrighetti rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Celia Kennedy
Nov 03, 2014 Celia Kennedy rated it really liked it
Ms. Banister creates an emotional and flavorful explosion in this zesty, feisty, fun novel!

I love the imagery in this book. Set in South Beach, Florida, we meet Pilar Alvarez, a tender hearted Latina who is therapist, friend, and daughter. This all comes together beautifully as we watch Pilar trying to help everyone around her, forgetting to help herself. Her story unfolds against the backdrop of bold colors, hot sandy beaches, and cool Spanish architecture.

Wanting to break out of the expected
Laura McNeill
Sep 30, 2012 Laura McNeill rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved Pilar and her family!
Nov 17, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
While I don't normally gravitate to chick lit (mainly because I prefer a solid romance in my reads), this book surprised me by keeping me genuinely entertained. In Need of Therapy is a fun, light read with a sweet and subtle romance that blossoms in the background, and Tracie Banister's writing was definitely impressive!

Pilar is struggling in pretty much every facet of her life; trying to keep her newly opened therapy practice afloat, dealing with her overbearing mother and a rather obsessive ex
Mar 18, 2013 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
In Need of Therapy is the second novel by Tracie Banister. She sent me her latest novel to share with all of you.
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 s
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
Nov 01, 2012 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it it was amazing
In Need of Therapy was such a delight to read. It was exactly what I was hoping for... and more. I'm a huge fan of humorous chick lit, and that's exactly what this was! From the entertaining patients to the hilarious main character and friends, this story has it all.

Our MC Pilar is adorable. As a struggling psychologist that just opened her own practice in trendy South Beach, she wants nothing more than to succeed on her own and make something of her life. Struggling along the way with both prof
Jan 25, 2013 Candy rated it really liked it
In Need of Therapy is a fun, spicy read, with its colorful characters and lively Cuban family.

Pilar Alvarez is struggling to get her therapy practice off the ground. With a bunch of kooky patients and some just as interesting relatives, Pilar Alvarez has her hands full! Her mother is pressuring her to find a husband before she turns 30. Finding a husband is not the problem, finding love is. Pilar’s cheating ex-boyfriend is pursuing her hard, trying to win her back. There is Pilar’s hot new patie
Jackie Pilossoph
Sep 04, 2012 Jackie Pilossoph rated it it was amazing
Book Review: In Need of Therapy

The best way to describe Tracie Banister’s chicklit novel, In Need of Therapy is cute. Cute, cute, cute! This book was just simply cute.
I am an extremely busy person right now, (as is everyone in the world), but my point is, I rarely find time to read anymore, opting to work on my new novel at night instead of curling up with a good book. That said, what reader doesn’t enjoy a dose of “cute??” which is why I liked In Need of Therapy so much. It was just one of tho
Meredith Schorr
Oct 07, 2012 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing
29 year-old Pilar Alvarez loves being a psychologist. With the practice she recently opened up in Miami, she gets to help others deal with their issues and realize their full potential. As the middle child, she has always been the calm, cool collected one on whom her large Cuban/Chilean family has come to rely. But dealing with a persistent, bordering on stalkerish, ex; figuring out how to pay the imminent large increase in her office's rent; keeping her rebellious younger sister's secrets from ...more
Rachel Kall
Jul 27, 2012 Rachel Kall rated it it was amazing
I read Tracie's first book, Blame It On The Fame, and really enjoyed it. But I think she totally hit it out of the park with her second book, In Need of Therapy. I LOVED it. This first person told story of Doctor Pilar Alvarez is so funny, you will be laughing out loud. What makes this book special is the VOICE. Tracie really has the voice for this type of funny and quirky chicklit.

Poor Pilar has a rough go at it. She's opened her new practice with the help of her lawyer father, but now she want
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
This review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I have to say I am always happy to help out self-published authors get word of their books out there, In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister had an interesting premise for a chick lit novel for me so I was happy to pick it up. Because I have read so many chick lit novels over the years I could see where this book was going, but that doesn't mean I didn't have so fun getting to that point. Banister adds in a lot of great humour through
Christi Snow
Aug 09, 2012 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
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
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
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
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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, a ...more
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