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When a Lawyer becomes a Psychotherapist

As lawyer turned psychotherapist I get it because I’ve been there.  You are a high achieving successful professional, but you are still not fulfilled.  There is something, maybe you are not quite sure what – career, relationships, self-image – that feels off balance. You are not a quitter, but something needs to change.  You want to enjoy your life, but you don’t think it should mean giving up life as you know it (i.e. you aren’t going to quit your job to run off to the country to become a chicken farmer – no offense to chicken farmers; that’s just not you.)  

Your career matters to you, but so does your well-being. You know you want to feel differently, but you don’t know where to start.

Not everyone gets what this is like – the success on the outside and the anxiety, doubt, and exhaustion on the inside.  I get it because I have been there and I have tailored my clinical training and created Castro Jacobs Psychotherapy & Consulting with you in mind.  We apply science-backed methods to get you to “better.” You don’t have to accept the status quo. You deserve “better.”

Contact Chelsy Castro, JD, MA, MSW, LCSW Chicago IL

You feel exhausted, worried, angry, trapped, and frustrated. The demands of bosses and clients who you can’t say no to; family responsibilities, the expectations you put on yourself/the need to be perfect; feeling like you will never be good enough; thinking you have to tough things out on your own; the fear of failure. You have unique challenges that we understand. As an attorney turned psychotherapist, my work with lawyers, executives, and high achievers from a variety of industries has given me unique insight into the types of challenges that we as high achievers face, and into the solutions that help us overcome them. You can break past this and we are here to help.

Chelsy Castro, JD, MA, MSW, LCSW

You don’t have to accept the status quo. Click here to schedule your complimentary 10 minute phone consultation.


Founder, Chelsy Castro

In a nutshell, I am an attorney turned psychotherapist, and a recovering chronic high achiever on a mission to help other high achievers reach their goals in a healthy way.

Most recently, as the Director of Outreach & Clinical Programming for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP), I designed, developed, and managed clinical and outreach programs and provided psychotherapy for lawyers, judges, and law students. During my tenure at LAP I trained thousands of lawyers, judges, and law students in evidence-based stress management techniques in forums such as the American Bar Association, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and various law schools, law firms, professional associations, and both domestic and international conferences.

Prior to LAP, I worked as a project manager in the field of international development and later practiced law as a multilingual attorney for “Big Law” in the field of international regulatory compliance.

I simultaneously earned my Juris Doctor and a Masters in International Development from American University. I later earned a Master in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago with an additional Certificate in Health Administration and Policy, specializing in evidence-based treatments with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy.

I specialize in working with lawyers and other high achievers, helping them overcome the things that challenge them most.  Common high achiever struggles include:

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