70% of lawyers report mental health issues and 1 in 5 border on alcohol or drug addiction.
That statistic comes from a study done in 2016 … long before the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the situation!
As a Business Psychologist, not only do I know the reality of that statistic on a day-to-day basis through my work but I know it personally too through my 15+ years as a paralegal.
Lawyers are, by the nature of their work, usually pessimistic and adversarial. They often take calculated risks that don’t always work out. They can hold themselves and others to very high standards. Plus, a law firm is a unique mix of competitive, talented, driven, and strong-minded legal professionals and support staff.
That environment can leave people very vulnerable to things like chronic stress and anxiety, feelings of overwhelm and the Fraud Factor, energy-depleting depression, addictions, and other physical and mental health concerns.
Yet legal professionals are least likely to seek out medical support or any type of therapy. And are even less likely to speak to colleagues or peers about their concerns.
That’s why I’ve developed a solution-focused brief therapy model specifically designed for legal professionals. Just like the title suggests, we stay very focused on the solutions to the current problems you may be encountering and it doesn’t go on for months and months. In fact, it’s six sessions over two to three months.
Watch this 45-second video for more information.