“I’ve been working in lawyer assistance now since 2006, the issue has always been the same – a profession full of people with higher incidences of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders by a factor of 2 to 3 compared to the general population. That same population is less inclined than the general population to ask for help…You’ve got a whole bunch of people that need more help than the average person and are less inclined to go seek it.”
Doron Gold is a psychotherapist and former practicing lawyer living and working in Toronto, Canada. He is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as with the Law Society of Upper Canada. His personal experience working in the legal profession, coupled with his many years of experience working with lawyers in distress at the Ontario Lawyers' Assistance Program (OLAP) have given him a unique and valuable perspective on the challenges faced by these individuals. Because he understands their lives and their unique challenges, he is able to speak a type of shorthand that allows them to relax and feel seen, heard and understood while not feeling judged. Learn about work/life balance and creating boundaries in your practice from this experienced psychotherapist.
Produced by: Zenia Sethna and Jason Cooper