ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission-based therapist directory GoodTherapy.org is pleased to announce the sponsorship of The Psychotherapy Foundation and the first annual National Psychotherapy Day marked on September 25, 2012.
"With one in four people experiencing a mental health issue each year, awareness about the benefits of psychotherapy is paramount for reducing suffering and making the earth a healthier place," said Noah Rubinstein, LMFT and CEO of GoodTherapy.org. "I'm honored to support The Psychotherapy Foundation in their mission to reduce the stigma and share the benefits of psychotherapy."
National Psychotherapy Day can be supported by doing anything that works to reduce the stigma of seeking psychotherapy, while drawing attention to its mental health benefits. Support for this "Day to Give Differently" can be as simple as doing a good deed. Therapy clients are encouraged to give their therapists constructive feedback and tell others about their experiences in therapy. Practicing professionals can show their support by volunteering their time to pro bono efforts or community mental health centers, promoting National Psychotherapy Day within their professional network, and sharing effectiveness research.
The Psychotherapy Foundation is a not-for-profit organization made up of licensed clinicians, graduate students, and mental health professionals that strongly believe in the healing power of psychotherapy. As part of their mission to bring awareness to the needs of underfunded mental health providers, the Psychotherapy Foundation supports community mental health centers and low-fee psychotherapy clinics by raising money to provide quality care to underserved populations.
"We are thrilled to have the support of GoodTherapy.org," said psychologist and Psychotherapy Foundation founder Ryan Howes, Ph.D. "Our missions are aligned perfectly, and people working together can achieve amazing goals."
People interested in participating are encouraged to wear turquoise on September 25th and visit the National Psychotherapy Day website for more information.
GoodTherapy.org advocates for healthy and ethical therapy practices and works to eliminate the negative stigma around mental health treatment. Mental health providers in the GoodTherapy.org network all adhere to strict educational, licensure, and philosophical guidelines.