End of the Hour: A Therapist’s Memoir

Zibby Nov. 2023. 7:20 hrs. ISBN 9781958506271. $15.99. MEMOIR
In her poignant debut memoir, psychotherapist Jarvis, host of the podcast Grief Is My Side Hustle, narrates her own story of undergoing intensive therapy. As a trauma and grief therapist, Jarvis knew the professional vocabulary and therapies, but when she is blindsided by grief, she discovers that she is not immune from needing professional care. After losing both of her parents in quick succession, Jarvis finds herself unmoored, unable to care for herself or her children. With the support of her family and friends, she checks herself into an outstanding mental health facility (the same facility that she often recommended to her clients). There, she works through long-buried childhood trauma, engages with the supportive staff, and finds a path back to equilibrium. As she discusses how past interactions shape a person’s future behavior and responses, Jarvis’s narration shines with truth, compassion, and honesty.
VERDICT An inspiring audio that helps remove some of the stigma associated with mental health care. Listeners will empathize with Jarvis’s struggle to heal and might see themselves or their loved ones in her narrative.
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