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, the group therapy experience 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.
Group therapy 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 Therapy Group for Attorneys will begin on Friday, January 6, 2023 and will meet every other Friday for eight (8) sessions from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The cost for the eight sessions is $1,200.00, and the number of participants in the group is limited to ten (10).