We already have an abundance of case histories by therapists and a few from the patient’s vantage point. Tales From the Couch offers 17 of the latter, all from notable writers, well edited by Jason Shinder, poet, critic, and teacher. For therapists, these stories will open our eyes to the collage of person and professional that our patients see in us. General readers will see why intelligent, articulate people go into therapy (sometimes in desperation, never as a lark) and what happens there. The forms of help vary, but always the importance of relationship, listening, and respect comes through. Therapists appear in several guises, from prim to gross, reserved to seductive, theory-bound to imaginative.