Lawyers and Therapists: The Perfect Symbiotic Relationship:

Lawyers and Therapists: The Perfect Symbiotic Relationship





  • interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.
  • a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.


Studies indicate that lawyers are more like engineers rather than teachers or nurses. With a background in science, I am certainly no exception.

I first learned about symbiosis while earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Now, as a lawyer, my understanding of symbiosis has helped me develop close relationships with many local mental health professionals. I do truly care about my clients and addressing their emotional issues is my greatest limitation. That’s why I work closely with counselors well-versed in Family Law and SC court procedures so I can provide my clients with the best possible results at a lower overall cost.

Did you know the stress of a divorce comes second only to the death of a spouse? Did you know IQ performance levels can also decrease by 25% and analytical reasoning can drop by 30%? Unbelievably, this temporary decrease in IQ performance levels lasts nearly 1 ½ years after the divorce has been finalized.

It is imperative for lawyers to know how divorce affects a client’s decision making 

Working with my clients and therapists can help them with the emotional challenges of their particular situation whether it be individual counseling, child counseling, co-parenting coaching, or even financial counseling.  

Unfortunately, the ability to fully and effectively use cognitive ability and emotional intelligence in tandem to making timely and effective decisions during a divorce is significantly impaired.

Spouses going through divorce fail to notice facts in plain sight and demonstrate behaviors such as not listening, over analyzing, indecisiveness, flip-flopping, making reactive, short-term, fear/anger based decisions, and acting in a way which only meets the minimum requirements to achieve results. 

Lawyers must do what they can to reduce conflict during divorce

We should promote a divorce environment that helps our clients remain focused, calm, and goal oriented. When choosing a lawyer, competency is extremely important, as is an attorney’s personality. One should not overlook an attorney’s overall philosophy with regard to family law. Make sure to choose a lawyer who recognizes divorce has consequences that last forever.

Are you looking for an experienced Divorce Lawyer in Charleston to help you through the process?  Dana Adkins provides compassionate, candid and dedicated services to her clients.  Hire her for your divorce attorney by contacting (843) 486-2442 or emailing her at

Dana Adkins, Esq.