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Lawyers are often viewed by family, friends and society as strong, powerful, indestructible, and wholly self-reliant. However, reality is often quite the opposite. As a practicing attorney for almost 25 years, I know all-too-well the emotional, physical and mental toll and impact that our legal profession takes on us. I, too, have lived under that image and pressure. Regardless if we practice in the private or public sectors, or are attorneys, judges, paralegals or mediators, it is quite common to hear colleagues express thoughts such as : "I love the law, but hate being a lawyer" or "the pressure to win or become partner is overwhelming."
I Help Men Better Cope With Issues Impacting Their Lives
It's very common for men to struggle with the pressure to meet expectations of parents, friends, romantic partners, employers and society in general. Do you feel the enormity of this weight in your daily life? Do you wear a "tough-guy" mask to the outside world, but take it off in private and feel insecure, inadequate or confused? Have you worn these masks for so long that it's hard to peel it off your face? Are you ready to take-off the masks and show the world and yourself the true authentic you?
These masks can create an enormous pressure on the inside for which men often lack a healthy outlet. It's very common for guys to use anger and resentment as their pressure release valve. However, the explosion of steam can unwittingly scar and burn those closest to us. Let me help you in a private, understanding and non-judgmental environment.
Men often feel stuck in their relationships, career and friendships. For a variety of reasons, men can feel like they have no choices in their present and future. They tell me that they can't change careers - even one they hate - because they need to earn money to support their families. They feel they can't change their relationships because while it may not be great, its not too bad - so why bother. They may have unsatisfying relationships with their children or parents - but "it is what it is." I've been there too and completely understand. Let's explore what untying the knots holding you stuck may feel like and the potential consequences.
Lawyers are often viewed by family, friends and society as strong, powerful, indestructible, and wholly self-reliant. However, reality is often quite the opposite.
As a practicing attorney for 25+ years, I know all-too-well the emotional, physical and mental toll and impact that our legal profession takes on us. I, too, have lived under that image and pressure. Regardless if we practice in the private or public sectors, or are attorneys, judges, paralegals or mediators, it is quite common to hear colleagues express thoughts such as : "I love the law, but hate being a lawyer" or "the pressure to win or become partner is overwhelming."
We tend to live with a a self-maintained stigma that we can't ask for help since we are the ones who are trained to help others. Many studies show that professional men and women suffer greatly from a variety of mental health issues.
Beginning as a 1L, lawyer's are trained and taught to "win," "fight aggressively," "be methodical and detail-oriented," and "not let emotions get in the way of our client's best interests." Most of all, we tend to focus on the needs of our clients - to the exclusion and minimization of our own needs.
At some point in all of our careers, the "pursuit" stops becoming a goal and starts to feel more like a weight holding us down. During our work-days, we may obsessively research to find that obscure case to support our legal theories. We may work endless hours to keep us on partnership track, or to maintain our current partnership status. We may hear from our clients: "wow, amazing job. you're incredible." Our colleagues may say: "we heard you got a verdict in your client's favor on that "no-win" case!"
Attorneys are often viewed by others as "super-heroes." We save our clients millions of dollars, or win life-changing settlements for innocent victims. We may not literally use our strength to physically fight our opponents, but we passionately pursue justice daily using our bodies most important part: our brain.
But, even superheroes get weak and have vulnerabilities.
And, even superheroes need help sometimes.
It would seem logical that men and women who have successfully completed college and then graduate school earning a Juris Doctor degree would be immune from the pressure of their chosen career. Research reveals a very different conclusion.
In the January 2018 Bar Journal, Michael J. Higer wrote an article about the mental health and wellness of attorneys. He cited to a recent Florida Bar Membership Survey which found "... 33 percent of Florida lawyers reported high stress as a major problem; 32 percent reported that balancing work and family was a significant challenge; and seven out of 10 said they would change careers if they could."
Similarly, a 2016 study done by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation found that out of 13,000 lawyers surveyed, 28 percent of those surveyed suffered from depression, and 19 percent had anxiety.
One of the biggest challenges for professionals receiving the mental health help that they need is their reluctance to ask for help. Sometimes, it's the fear that acknowledging any mental health issues may negatively impact their good-standing status with the Bar. Similarly, those that work for law-firms, corporations or organizations, might be afraid to let their bosses, partners, or upper management know that they may need help for fear of appearing "weak," "unsuccessful" or a "drain" on the firm or organization. It's very common and makes sense in context for a lawyer to withhold their mental health issue when they have already worked so hard to make partner or complete their partnership track.
As an Attorney practicing law for over 25-years, I inherently know the challenges, pressure and impact that being a professional can have on one's mental health. By combining that background and experience with being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I understand the impact your mental health has not only on you, but on your entire family system.
Working with a mental health professional who understands your lifestyle, your pressures, and your "world" without explanation is invaluable. Regardless of the extent of your concerns, I work with professionals like you in a non-judgmental and collaborative manner to help you manage, reduce or eliminate these issues and problems from impacting your daily professional and personal life.
Attorneys and other Professionals experience many issues that are beyond their control, but dramatically and significantly impact their lives. Regardless if it results from depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, self-esteem, career-issues, relationships, sexuality or parent-child interactions, attorneys and other professionals often suffer in silence - as they feel the pressure from society, friends and family to be a “strong guy/gal.” It's Time To Stop Suffering In Silence.
Experienced and Dedicated Professional, Attorney & Dad of 2 Teens
I am passionate about working with attorneys and professionals who struggle in their daily lives to find happiness, contentment and balance in their personal or professional relationships, or who are suffering with anxiety or depression, compulsive behaviors. I am dedicated to creating a safe and understanding environment for you to explore your emotions, inner thoughts and feelings with me in an unbiased, non-judgmental and relatable way. I understand the challenges that you face today in your many's role. It's okay to need help. It's okay to feel vulnerable. It's okay to just be you.
Despite the best intentions of our friends and family members who may occasionally lend an-ear to hear our stories and sympathize or give common-sense advice, they are not equipped to help us process and explore our emotions in a healthy and productive manner. As a man, father, son, husband, attorney and, most importantly, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am dedicated to providing a safe, understanding and non-judgmental place to help professionals of all ages and backgrounds to “explore their emotions” so that they can process their feelings and grow healthier and more satisfied in life. While our sessions will be about you, we will also explore your presenting concerns in the context of your larger systems, such as family, friends and work.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I firmly adhere to the belief that the person isn't the problem - the problem is the problem. That means that when I work with a client, I don't see or view them as being the problem. Rather, my focus is on how a situation or condition in their life become a problem for them or for relationships that they have. This perspective is fundamental to my focus on patterns and relationships. I work with attorneys and professionals to discover how they relate to others in their life, how those relationships impact their own identity, and how to cope and adapt to their ever-changing nature. Most importantly, I accept my clients where they are in life – and do not focus on changing them. Remember, its the problem that needs to be solved - not you that needs to change.
My experience working with attorneys and professionals from their 20s all the way through their 70s and 80s has taught me that even the most clinically sophisticated approaches and interventions are only effective if the therapist delivering them comes from a place of connection, compassion, and hope. I pride myself on joining with the clients that I help using different strategies and modalities best suited to their unique needs and personality. Therapy helps people to process and cope with the feelings, emotions and issues that they face on a daily basis. It provides an effective way to combat insecurities, feeling misunderstood, find their inner-voice that may feel lost or missing, or to simply develop better tools to cope with life’s endless challenges. Despite the best intentions of friends and family members who may occasionally lend an-ear to hear your story and sympathize or give common-sense advice, they are often not equipped to help you process and explore their emotions in a healthy and productive manner.
Who Am I?
ERIC is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an attorney with 25+ years experience and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
NON-JUDGMENTAL, empathetic and experienced therapist specializing in helping Couples, Men, Families and Professionals. During my life’s journey, I have gone through periods where I felt overwhelmed, stuck or simply confused as to how to open-up and explore my emotions as a man in our society. I understand the challenge that men often experience letting down their guard to freely explore their emotions in their lives and relationships.
AFFORDABLY priced private-pay session fees accommodate almost all budgets. One advantage of choosing the private-pay option is that only my clients and I are the ones who determine the number and frequency and length of sessions - not an insurance company..
INSURANCE is accepted only for individual (not couples or families) clients who have mental health insurance benefits provided by: Aetna, Optum (Oxford, UMR, Oscar Health) and United Healthcare. Insurance benefits are verified and claims are processed through out billing/administrative partner, Headway Florida Behavioral Health Services, P.A. and/or Grow Healthcare Group, P.A.
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