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 many lawyers individually and also with law firms, providing one-on-one therapeutic support to partners and solicitors.
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 and changing dynamics that no longer work.
- Helping you develop practices to ground you and keep you connected to your values.