Support for Lawyers
Having been a family solicitor in Central London for over a decade, I know the toll that life in the law can take on people. This applies to junior lawyers facing the demands of the job for the first time and also more seasoned practitioners dealing with the cumulative stresses that build up over time.
I’m passionate about giving lawyers the support that they need and deserve, which is why I developed my Support for Lawyers programme.
I believe that lawyers who are given the right support are happier, better able to cope with the demands of the job and have more emotional resources with which to support their clients.
I work with a number of law firms, providing one-on-one therapeutic support to their partners, associates and support staff.
I usually see clients at my rooms in Central or West London but can also see lawyers at their own offices.
Issues I look at with clients include:
- The character traits that drew you to the law and how they affect your work.
- Typical characteristics of the lawyer such as perfectionism, a desire to rescue and difficulty switching off.
- Vicarious trauma.
- Transference (a psychological concept that describes what we pick up from our clients’ feelings).
- How our own history and relationships affect our work.
Techniques I work with clients on include:
- Developing boundaries that work for you and how to say ‘no’.
- Focusing on what you can influence and control and letting go of what you can’t.
- Discerning between ‘caring’ for clients and ‘rescuing’.
- Addressing difficulties in relationships with colleagues and counterparts and changing ways of relating that no longer work for you.
- Helping you to develop ‘anchors’ in your life i.e. practices that ground you and keep you connected to your values.