Counseling For Lawyers

Is the practice of law creating too much stress in your life?

Maybe you should try Getting Counsel From Someone Who’s Been There.

Becoming a lawyer took hard work, dedication and commitment over a period of years. It’s not for the faint of mind or heart. But sometimes the very skills that allowed you to become lawyer can work against you in creating a satisfying life.

For most people, a rewarding professional life occurs as one part of mosaic that includes other elements such as the personal, the physical, the creative and the spiritual. The single-minded focus that served you so well to get you where you are today as a lawyer may not be what you need to live a full, enriching life.

Having practiced law for ten years, I personally experienced many of the unique pressures and stresses that are part and parcel of practicing law. I know that the legal culture has typically viewed questions and doubts, either professional or personal, as a sign of weakness or lack of commitment. To survive, most of us had to learn to suppress our feelings, and sometimes even our humanity.

The consequences of ignoring stress can range from simple dissatisfaction to depression, anxiety, substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc.), and problems in personal and family relationships.

Add to this the uncertainty created by the recent economic downturn, and life can feel more than a little overwhelming.

Don’t wait until things get out of hand.

Call me for a private, confidential consultation about how to handle the stresses you are facing.

Here are some great resources for lawyers:

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-Connecticut, Inc., an IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created pursuant to C.G.S. Sec. 51-81d to provide FREE, CONFIDENTIAL crisis intervention, peer support and referral services to Connecticut lawyers. Their confidential hotline is 1-800-497-1422.

Why Can’t Lawyers Relax? – And How They Can, by Karen Caffrey, LPC, JD

Getting Counsel From Someone Who’s Been There, by Douglas S. Malan of the Connecticut Law Tribune, full text of March 30, 2009 article.

A Lawyers’ Guide to Healing: Solutions for Addiction and Depression, by Don Carroll, J.D.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

What Can You Do With A Law Degree?: A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law, by Deborah Aaron

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Karen Caffrey, LPC, JD, Counseling and Psychotherapy in West Hartford, CT 06107