• My Therapist, My Lover

  • By: Cris Beam
  • Narrated by: Aida Reluzco
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (744 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A talented sculptor and her psychotherapist fall in love, transgressing numerous ethical boundaries. But as their relationship progresses, what began as the patient’s attempt to liberate herself from her past becomes the most abusive relationship of her life - and the most dangerous.

©2021 Cris Beam (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. Her most recent book, I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. Her prior book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), was named a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Award, shortlisted for the William Saroyan Prize, and was a best book on several year-end lists, including NPR, New York Magazine and The Boston Globe. Beam is also the author of Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt, 2007), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in 2011 and was named a Kirkus Best Book and Junior Library Guild Selection, and is the first book with a transgender character to land on California's recommended reading list for public high schools. Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Awl, The Huffington Post, and The Guardian, as well as on This American Life. Beam is an assistant professor of creative writing at William Paterson University.

About the Performer

Aida Reluzco arrived on the voice-over scene in 2018 as a multidisciplinary artist, bringing with her a background in the performing arts, classical art history, illustration, literature, poetry, and spoken word. A New York native, LGBTQ activist, and bilingual Cuban American, Reluzco provides an authentic connection to the human condition from a queer Latinx perspective. Her portfolio includes work with Audible, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette Audio, and Dreamscape Media, as well as commercial voice-over and video game audio both under her own name, and romantic narration under the pseudonym Valentina Ortiz.

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Crossing lines!!

What a great short story on a complete clusterF°°%° from crossing lines!! It's a rough story, and I seriously enjoyed it! Well done by author and narrator!!

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LGBTQ Romance Drama

I listened for an hour. This book isn't for me It wouldn't have been for me had it not been LGBTQ, Much like a Harlequin romance novel. The narrator was good. I just didn't like the content.

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Suspenseful, Beautiful

Loved the story which at first seems to be about love coming true, but instead turns out to be nightmare.

The characters are so well drawn. While one grows, discovers her own needs and sees herself more clearly, the other character becomes, more clearly, who she has always been.

The writing is just gorgeous.

A wonderful way to spend an hour!!

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Very good listening

very good!
I loooooooved this listening for so many reasons, one being it is very relatable. We all stay in relationships out of fear, guilt or shame. #BreakTheStigma #Time4Change

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Tragedy and Triumph

This is one of the most tragic stories I have read. I have been a mental health therapist for over 35 years and have never stepped over the ethical boundaries of a relationship with patients. My heart goes out to this woman, seeking for healing and finding it, eventually, after the most brutal violation of herself, her love and her trust. This tells the story of being involved with a true narcissist, no matter her past and how that impacted one life, and so many others. Thank you for sharing, and I cheer with you for your healing in this.

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Tedious & one sided

The performance is the only redeeming quality. The only "voice" is the victim. We never hear support or encouragement from her friends. I recognize abuse is real & awful But this book was utterly tedious & depressing.

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THUMBS DOWN

This story was not the kind that I care to read. I didn't like it.

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Enthralling

This is an enthralling story. Fortunately, I listened to it on a drive longer than the story---otherwise, I would have had to cross the next state line just to hear the end. Cris Beam illustrates how easily one can come under the sway of someone else's power and control, losing one's own identity and sense of self. This story offers insight into why people stay in abusive relationships, by bringing us directly into the narrator's heart and mind. I can't imagine anyone, after hearing this story, asking "But why did she stay?" The voice of Aida Reluzco seems perfectly matched to the story. Save it for a time when you'll be able to hear the whole thing, or you'll miss your exit.

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Even worse than expected

I read this knowing it’d be awful but too curious not to download this freebie. Terrible, do not recommend.

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Stunning!

This is a remarkable story, stunningly crafted by Ms. Beam and beautifully narrated. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I listened to it.

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