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In Need of Therapy

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  103 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, 328 pages
Published July 19th 2012
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Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After thoroughly enjoying Tracie Banister’s two most recent novels, I knew I had to add this one to my TBR. Pilar immediately drew me into her life, as she was so easy to sympathize with. She had a lot going on between her family drama and career stress. I loved the psychology parts, such as when she was coming up with new ideas for her patients to try.

Being an avid reader, I was able to figure out where one aspect of the story was going, but Tracie still kept me guessing and I wasn’t 100% conf
Mary Eve
~ The Best Therapy is a Good Book ~

In 2020, my one and only New Year resolution was to spice up my reading material. I promised myself to add more diversity. I have a tendency to fall back on my comfort genre — historical fiction. HF is my go-to genre, but I end up missing so many great reads. For instance, classics are high on my list. I used to enjoy checking them off my TBR. Now, I'm collecting classics more than I'm actually reading them. So, here we are at the beginning of March. I can hone
Susan Buchanan
Jul 26, 2012 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
Apr 29, 2013 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
Hilary Grossman
Sep 01, 2014 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
Gina Henning
Sep 05, 2014 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 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.
Sky Greene
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute story! I immediately fell in love with the Alvarez family. The story revolves around Pilar, a pschologist, and her quest to keep her practice afloat while also handling her difficult sister, Izzy, her parents, and finding love. I loved getting to know some of her patients and her psychiatrist friend, Dr. Ford. This story has some suspense, love and twists. No spoilers, but I love a happy ending! I hope there are many more stories about the Alvarez family to come from Tracie ...more
Arielle Jagow
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'In Need of Therapy' was the first book I picked up in 2019. I'd had it on my kindle app for quite some time and I was looking for a fun read to start the year off on a happy note. One of the main themes in this novel is the importance of communication and realizing that things aren't always as they seem.

I love everything Tracie Banister writes and this is one more example of why that's true. If you're looking for a fun summery read with fun, chaos, and a dash of romance then this is the book f
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
Mar 01, 2013 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
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Oct 21, 2012 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
Laura Chapman
Sep 28, 2012 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 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
Samantha Bailey
Jul 23, 2012 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
Jenny Brenner
Jan 03, 2013 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
Kate O'Keeffe
Jan 01, 2015 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.
Laura McNeill
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved Pilar and her family!
Julie Valerie
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Take this book off your TBR (to be read) pile and start reading. In addition to a great storyline, three story elements really stood out to me:

(1) Expertly drawn likable characters; (2) a competent, stable psychologist as main character; and (3) Cuban-American characters in a South Beach, Florida setting.

While reading In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister, I was amazed by the “likeability” of not just her main character (Pilar Alvarez), but each of her characters – from her trouble-making, destr
Kobby Gyampoh
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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....Can never go wrong with a book on therapy sessions for the therapist.

Two consecutive weeks, I have had to review a book about the lead undergoing some therapy. Either administering it or being on the receiving end. It's my first time of such reviewing coincidence bloggers experience not everyday. And it makes things so easier when you enjoyed the previous title.

This book was chicklit I haven't experienced before. A bit surprised the lead was
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Entertainment at it's finest. Funny, sexy, with a HEA

I loved this book, great portrayal of a latino/ latina's family dynamic. This book a many laugh out loud moments. This book is on my read again list. And I am looking forward to reading more by Me Banister
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this so much! Pilar was so fun to root for the whole time. Her insane family was funny and over the top without driving you too crazy. There are plenty of other authors who overwrite the crazy family angle and it just becomes too much. Not Tracie Banister though, she knew exactly how to write them in. I related to her family so hard with the opinionated bickering aunts and dramatic younger sister. Pilar being the voice of reason in her family and her mom constantly harping on ...more
M.J. Summers
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A terrifically funny, sweet, and romantic story featuring a cast of zany-yet-loveable characters! I could not put this book down.
Nov 15, 2012 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
Jackie Pilossoph
Sep 04, 2012 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
Heather T
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review and author interview posted on Kindles & Wine

I was super excited to read this book. I love mixing Spanish in with my English when I talk (Spanish was one of my majors!), my name was Pilar in middle/high school Spanish class, AND I love reading about warm weather locales when it’s chilly out. Frankly, I think the official summary doesn’t live up to what the book delivers. Usually it’s the other way around, right??

I breezed through this chick-lit novel about a young psychologist, Pilar. S
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Need of Therapy was such a fun and entertaining story of Dr. Pilar Alvarez, a young psychologist in South Beach who is trying to fix others' problems while dealing with many of her own. Her many relationships (family, friends, patients, etc.) always seem to complicate Pilar's life. She wants nothing more than to help those around her but there are several obstacles that keep getting in her way.

"Ethics don't buy a girl jewelry, or give her multiple Os."

For starters, Pilar has a quite a handful
Andrea P.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Sep 18, 2012 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
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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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