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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kinds of thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

Attorney Well-being

Lawyers and other knowledge workers are under increasing pressure to do “deep work” (a term popularized by Professor Cal Newport) in environments riddled with distractions. Advancing technology requiring connectivity 24/7 along other changes have witnessed alarming rates of stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide within the legal profession. Moreover, some of the attributes rewarded and encouraged by the profession (e.g., skepticism and perfectionism) can wreak havoc when it comes to interpersonal relationships and overall well-being.


As a coach, I work with individual lawyers to enhance their wellbeing by aligning their needs and values with their professional roles and responsibilities. Integral to my work is the extensive experience I gained as a shareholder, assistant general counsel, and chief professional development officer at Big Law firms. I understand the pressures attorneys face every day, and lawyers appreciate having a coach who truly understands the unique challenges they face trying to navigate their personal and professional aspirations. 


As a consultant, I partner with bar associations, employers, law schools, and employee assistance programs to improve the well-being of attorneys and law students. My work is informed by the perspective and acumen developed through years of experience in the highest ranks of law firm management.  Through public speaking, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations, and workshops, I offer science-backed strategies for lawyers and organizations designed to build resilience, heighten engagement, and empower stakeholders to create environments where lawyers can thrive in all dimensions of their lives. 

Featured Clients + Presentations
  • Georgia Public Defender Council Leadership Institute

  • Morris Manning & Martin LLP Partners' Retreat

  • Swift Currie McGhee & Heirs LLP Women's Breakfast

  • Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP 

  • State Bar of Georgia Wellness & Practical Skills CLE 

  • State Bar of Georgia Solo & Small Firm Institute 

  • State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting

  • State Bar of Florida Annual Meeting

  • University of Georgia School of Law 

  • Emory University School of Law 

  • Beacon Hill Legal

  • ​Atlanta Legal Aid Society 

  • State Bar of Georgia Attorney First Aid Kit 

  • State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors Meeting 

  • Georgia Bar Young Lawyers Division for Women in the Profession 

Stacey Dougan Counseling & Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia | Attorney Well-Being

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