It is a cliché of television legal dramas to refer to the lawyer as counselor, the giver of advice, the provider of legal wisdom, the guide through the legal wilderness. In the context of psychotherapy, “counselor” has a less directive connotation. It is not the therapist’s job to give advice but rather to both serve as witness to and sometimes as participant in a client’s awakening to some hitherto unknown aspect of self, and self in relationship with others.
I am fortunate to be able to bring my training as a psychotherapist to the practice of law, particularly my training in bereavement counseling to the practice of estate planning, probate, conservatorship, and trust law. I am able to provide my legal clients with a capacity for attention and engagement that brings another, often healing, dimension to the legal process.
In my thirty years of working with clients in my law practice, they have taught me about the many different challenges – legal and, simply, human – they face on our shared journey through life. I’ve learned something about tolerance and compassion from real people living real lives. These lessons grace my counseling practice.
I look forward to being of service.