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At, that’s what we do – we care for lawyers, and for their families. We understand what it’s like to be a lawyer from the inside out, because we’ve been there. As lawyers who became therapists, we know that many lawyers are experiencing distress and are looking for solutions. We can help you find those solutions.

The Problem

Like you, we laugh at lawyer jokes – but we’re tired of them. We know lawyers matter as people, and being a lawyer isn’t easy. Our profession demands hard work and long hours. We’re under a lot of pressure – we have to know a lot, and prove that we know it, every day, and the risks of being “wrong” are high. We care about what we do and the quality of our work. We take our work home with us – and even when we’re not actually doing it, we’re thinking about it. Sometimes, it keeps us up at night.

Our clients can often have unreasonable expectations. Our firms and profession are competitive and hard-edged. To top it all off, it’s so rare that we get the appreciation we deserve for what we do that we no longer expect it. When was the last time a client – or a senior partner – actually thanked you for:

  • Giving up that evening to revise the client’s document?
  • Staying up until 2 a.m. to finish the emergency brief?
  • Getting that contract done at midnight so the client could have it at 8 a.m. for his 9 a.m. meeting?
  • Spending all day Sunday preparing for that hearing?

How often have you told your husband or wife that you have to miss dinner, or can’t join the family for an event? Or told your child that you won’t be home until late, or can’t be at that game or school play, because a client “needed” you? And do clients have any idea how many unbillable hours we spend educating and re-educating ourselves, reading advance sheets, preparing for a meeting, or doing any of the many things we have to do just to stay current, let alone be “on top of our game”?

No wonder this takes a toll on us and on our personal relationships, and the toll can be enormous. Even if we appear successful, we may secretly feel quite different on the inside – anxious, worried or depressed. We may have difficulties in relationships with our significant others, spouses or children. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we sometimes feel self-doubt. We micro-analyze what we’ve done. We wonder whether we’re “good enough.” Often we feel guilty. Do our spouses and children understand – or do they blame us for not being there? Do we ever feel we achieve a good balance between our work and our personal lives – that we’re really present for our spouses, our children – and ourselves? It’s no surprise research has shown that lawyers have higher incidences of and are at higher risk for depression, divorce and substance abuse than other professions.

The Solution

It doesn’t have to be that way. Solving these problems involves spending quality time, one-on-one, on a confidential basis, with someone who:

  1. Understands from experience what it’s really like to be a lawyer;
  2. Has the professional training and knowledge to help us gain insight into how our thoughts, feelings and actions affect the way we experience life, work and our relationships;
  3. Can aid us in determining what we can do to change our lives for the better; and
  4. Really cares about lawyers.

We are that “someone.” We invite you to explore the possibilities, and meet with one of us for a confidential consultation.

Contact Information

To learn more, arrange for a confidential consultation, or just to talk, please contact:

Alan M. Levin, JD, MA, LCSW

Gayle L. Victor, JD, MSW

Steve Wallman, LCSW