A Note From Allison:
I became interested in Mindfulness Meditation as a graduate student in clinical psychology in the 1990’s. I wondered whether mindfulness was an effective therapeutic approach used to treat anxiety and depression and chose to research that topic for my Master’s thesis.
After receiving my Master’s degree in psychology, I went to law school knowing I wanted to practice divorce and family law. I started law school at age 30 with a five year old son who was starting Kindergarten. I was separated from my son’s father and my life was in transition. During law school I met and married my husband, Nick, and had my second child during the last semester of law school. As it happens in life, there were ups and downs; good times and hard times. Based upon my research in graduate school I sought out mindfulness-based practices to help me appreciate the positive aspects of my life and to accept or change the negative aspects.
I found that developing mindfulness leads to a deeper knowledge and understanding of complex life circumstances and relationships. For me this was a helpful and healthy approach to life’s most rewarding and challenging moments. Practicing mindfulness has helped me develop a patience and tolerance for difficult life circumstances of my own and it has given me a greater awareness of and empathy for the difficult situations faced by my clients. As a professional, mindfulness helps me to be aware of the dynamics of the underlying emotions in a divorce or family law matter. It also increases my awareness of legal or factual issues that I would not have otherwise contemplated.
In short, practicing mindfulness meditation is a benefit to me personally and as a professional serving clients and helping them through what for them will likely be one of life’s most difficult transitions.