As family lawyers, in the course of solving our clients legal problems, we may end up being their confidante as our clients rely on us to go through this emotional and traumatic journey through family proceedings. It is a delicate balance to remain professionally emphatic without coming across as cold and distant or being emotionally entangled with our client’s problems.
• How do we protect our psychological and emotional health without letting our clients' problems, emotional trauma and distress become our own and therefore succumbing to vicarious trauma?
• How do we recognise the need to access and engage psychological health professionals when necessary in order to deal with clients' reliance and to overcome vicarious trauma?
• How can we be more mindful of our own psychological position within a case and its impact on our professional well-being and professional duty?