Within the legal profession exists a pervasive mindset that highly discourages expression of vulnerability. Much of the therapeutic process, however, centers around exploration of authenticity and helping attorneys become more able to openly and honestly express what they may be thinking and/or feeling at any given point in time. Individual therapy with attorneys facilitates self-insight and deconstruction of long-standing learned conditioning that often prevents attorneys from connecting more directly with experiential reality. Group therapy can greatly reduce the sense of isolation that many attorneys feel resulting from ongoing unconscious efforts to project an appearance of strength and invulnerability.
Additionally, group participation encourages all participants to openly share their experiences along their journey of change. In this way, members in the group can not only offer support other participants, but also reap the benefit of learning what approaches and strategies have been helpful for other participants. Also inherent in the group experience is a heightened sense of accountability. At times certain challenges will be presented to group participants and the sense of belonging that results from group participation may provide additional motivation for individual participants to carry through on some of their intentions articulated in the group setting.
Concrete ways in which attorneys may benefit from group participation include:
- Emotional support: The group setting allows attorneys to connect with others who understand the unique challenges of their profession. They can share their experiences and feelings in a supportive environment, and receive feedback and encouragement from other members.
- Improved coping skills: Group involvement can help attorneys develop new coping skills and strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. They can learn from the experiences of others and gain insights into their own patterns of behavior and thought.
- Increased self-awareness: Through group participation, attorneys can gain a deeper understanding of their own emotional and behavioral patterns. This can help them to identify triggers for stress and anxiety, and develop more effective strategies for managing these issues.
- Professional development: Group participation can help attorneys to improve their interpersonal and communication skills, which can benefit their professional and personal relationships. They can also gain new perspectives on their work and career goals, and develop strategies for achieving greater satisfaction and success.
- Reduced stigma: By participating in our attorney wellness group, attorneys can help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the legal profession. They can demonstrate that seeking help is a sign of strength, and encourage others to prioritize their own well-being.
Our attorney wellness group can serve as an adjunct to ongoing individual psychotherapy or can serve to provide ongoing, bi-weekly support to attorneys who perhaps are more approaching the “maintenance” phase of therapy. The group experience can also serve as an invaluable “sounding board” on a bi-weekly basis to help attorneys work through ongoing frustrations and challenges in an optimally safe and embracing environment.
The next bi-weekly Attorney Wellness Group will begin on Friday, October 27, 2023 and will meet every other Friday (excluding holidays) for eight (8) sessions from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern time. The cost for the eight sessions is $1,200.00.