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Wellness

Stress in law school is unavoidable and can become overwhelming without prioritizing wellness in every facet. The Office of Student Support works to provide students with the wellness resources and support they need to thrive both academically and mentally as they talk on challenges in law school.

GENERAL WELLNESS

The road to wellness isn’t perfect wherever you stand and the office of student support has developed a generalized list of basic wellness to help students start and/or continue on their wellness journey. 

 TEXAS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
www.TLAPHELPS.org Call or Text: 1-800-343-TLAP (8527)
(Confidential Wellness Support -Mental Health or Substance
Issues)

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis Text Line: Text MATTERS to 741741
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Instant Messaging): https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Private Therapists Lawyers Recommended to TLAP:

  • Lori Feister, LCSW, 713-882-7903
  • Martha Fontana, LCSW, 832-778-6750
  • Michael Klaybor, PhD, 713-621-2490

More details can be found on the Student Support Counseling Page.

Other Recommended Private Therapists:

  • Sehrish Ali, LPC, CEDS: 832-501-2378
  • Michael Dangerfield, LPC: 281-672-8059
  • Trisha Rojas, LPC-A: 832-233-3086

STCLH Contract Providers:

  • Dr. Jacklin Tawadrous (Krist Samaritan Center): 281-480-7554
  • Ann Harper Weiss: 832-969-0676

Resources for Finding a Therapist:

WEBSITES

HEALTH WELLNESS

Physical and mental health go hand in hand, maintaining both is the key to a stable and healthy lifestyle. Below are a list of resources to help students access healthier options to improve on a daily level.

MEDIA RESOURCES

Whether you need daily tips, health advice, or have an interest, different forms of media are a fantastic resource that can help you better understand and cultivate wellness. Below are a list of media resources that discuss different aspects of wellness for students to explore.

PERSONAL TIPS

The path of wellness is a personal one and only starts when the individual decides to take a first step and continue walking. These daily tips can help you develop wellness on a personal level every day. 

SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR ALCOHOL OR SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES

  1. Have you ever thought you should cut down your drinking or substance use?
  2. Have you ever felt annoyed when people have commented on your drinking or substance use?
  3. Have you ever felt guilty or badly about your drinking or substance use?
  4. Have you ever had used alcohol or your substance first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you answered YES to 1 question, there is a 75% chance you’re addicted; 2=85%; 3=95%; 4=99%.
Call or text 1-800-343-TLAP (8527).
Get help with substance use and other mental health issues.

DEPRESSION QUIZ

  1. Are you sad, depressed or melancholic most of the time?
  2. Have you lost interest in the activities that you previously
    enjoyed or have you lost all pleasure?
  3. Are you tired or without energy most of the time?
  4. Are you suffering from lack of sleep or do you sleep too
    much?
  5. Do you have difficulty concentrating or making decisions?
  6. Has your appetite or weight changed?
  7. Do you feel guilty or useless?
  8. Have you experienced fear or panic attacks for no apparent
    reasons?
  9. Are you restless and do you have difficulty staying in place?
  10. Do you worry or feel anxiety?
  11. Do you have the impression that you can no longer go on
    this way and have you thought about death or dying?

If you answer YES to five or more of the above questions, you should
bring your assessment to a mental health professional. You may
contact Student Support or TLAP for a referral. If you experience
suicidal or recurrent death thoughts, seek medical attention
immediately

SHORT RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

Box Breathing

  • Exhale to a count of four
  • Hold your lungs empty for a four-count.
  • Inhale to a count of four.
  • Hold air in your lungs for a count of four.
  • Exhale and begin the pattern anew.

Simple Visualization Exercise

  • Create in your mind an ideal spot to relax. It can be:

    • real or imaginary
    • somewhere you will find restful, calming, safe and happy
    • a place you would want to return to whenever you feel the need to relax
  • Imagine it in as much detail as you can – use your senses to make it as real as possible – and see yourself comfortably enjoying this place.
  • Now close your eyes and take a slow, regular breath in through your nose. Become aware of your breathing. Focus on your relaxation place
    in all its detail and breathe out through your mouth.
  • Do this exercise for 10 to 20 minutes.

Quick Muscle Relaxation

  • Sit in a comfortable chair
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Slowly breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Make a fist, squeezing your hand tightly.
  • Hold this for a few seconds, noticing the tension.
  • Slowly open your fingers and feel the difference – notice the tension leaving. Your hand is much lighter and relaxed. Enjoy this feeling.

    • If you have any physical injuries or conditions that may cause
      muscle pain, don’t tense the muscle in that area