Reflections of a Family Lawyer Turned Therapist
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January 23, 2018

My mindfulness practice has been nothing short of transformative.  I am better able to manage stress, to sleep well, and to stay present with my clients.  I know I would have been a happier lawyer if I had had this resource when I was practicing law.  And I have seen t...

April 4, 2017

Today, I spoke to about 40 law students at GA State's College of Law about mindfulness.  GSU has a Mindfulness in the Law Society that sponsors weekly guided meditation sessions and yoga classes as well as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class.  I am just thrilled...

March 7, 2017

Whenever I meet with new clients, I always ask about their diet, exercise routine, and sleep hygiene. Some folks seem puzzled about why a mental health professional would be so interested in their physical well-being, so I thought I'd try to explain.  

This py...

November 18, 2016

Recently, I've spoken to several different lawyers' groups about ways to improve well-being.  I always share the benefits of meditation in managing stress, anxiety, and depression.  Invariably, some folks are skeptical of their ability to begin a meditation practice....

October 13, 2016

This morning, I spoke to the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.  After attending these breakfasts for many years as an attorney, it was fun to come back in my new role as a therapist.  I talked about the concept of vicarious trauma: the behaviors & emot...

October 11, 2016

Tonight, I'm speaking to a group of attorneys with the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers about the benefits of mindfulness.  Since taking a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class last summer, I have been cultivating my own mindfulness practice and often reflect on...

October 4, 2016

When our anxiety gets triggered, our breath is often one of the first casualties.  We forget to breathe fully and deprive our bodies of oxygen.  Without a good supply of this essential resource, we are less equipped to respond to the anxiety in a healthy way....

September 24, 2016

As a family lawyer and a therapist, I have worked with numerous clients who struggle to regulate their emotions in the midst of a divorce.  Even the most mild-mannered and even-keeled person can have difficulty remaining rational during this process.  This article...

September 16, 2016

Many people are interested in beginning a meditation practice, but aren't sure how to start.  A recent New York Times piece provides straightforward instructions on meditation as well as several guided meditations.  By committing just a few minutes each day to meditati...

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