When people first find out that San Diego divorce lawyer, Brian Victor, is also a licensed marriage family therapist, they often ask how he chose both careers. They wonder about the similarities and differences between the two careers and the training involved in each of them. Brian Victor has this to say:
In order to become a marriage family therapist I obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in psychology. I studied various psychology and human behavior classes including, child development, family therapy, and disorders and diagnosis.
When people find out about my education and experience they understand how learning about child development and family systems relates directly to my practice of divorce and child custody.
My background and experience as a licensed marriage family therapist helps me better understand the underlying issues my clients are going through in their divorce and custody situations. Many clients want a divorce lawyer who can genuinely understand what they are going through in this stressful situation. My education and experience as a divorce lawyer in San Diego and as a licensed marriage family therapist allows me to focus on my client’s needs while resolving their legal situation.
People often ask me if being a therapist helps me as a divorce attorney. While there are differences in the actions of these two professions, there are many similarities, which are helpful not just to me but also to my clients.
As a licensed marriage family therapist, I have been trained in understanding human behavior. This is extremely important when dealing with issues of divorce and child custody. First, these are both very stressful situations for people to deal with. People who are involved in divorce and child custody situations often display various emotions, which run the gamut from sad, angry, exhilarated, depressed, and anxious, among other emotions.
The knowledge I possess from my training as a licensed marriage family therapist, helps me in my role as a San Diego divorce lawyer by helping my clients understand the complexities involved in their situation. I understand why clients sometimes do things that I would never advise them to do if I had known about it in advance. While I am firm with my clients and advise them as to what is best legally for their divorce and child custody matter, I also am compassionate and take time to listen to them when they just need to talk and be heard.