NPD 2017!

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Hello, psychotherapy supporters! 

The sixth annual National Psychotherapy Day will be on Monday, September 25. I hope you’ll join us as we:

  • fight the stigma against seeking help from a therapist
  • talk about our own therapy to demystify the process
  • share articles that attest to the effectiveness of therapy
  • support low-fee counseling centers by donating time or money
  • wear turquoise in solidarity with other therapy fans

Every year people ask me what kind of program or campaign we’re conducting on the big day. It’s understandable, as we’ve done a few local projects and put on the Moments of Meaning storytelling evening a couple of times. But our local projects have a limited reach. A few therapists in Pasadena can only do so much. 

The only way NPD will make an impact is if you ask yourself what you’re doing for NPD. Are you inviting therapists to a happy hour that night? Are you collecting donations for your local community mental health center? Are you writing a letter to your local paper, talking about the effectiveness of therapy? Are you forming your own Moments of Meaning event? Are you giving a talk to MD’s or educators about the many uses for therapy? Are you writing a blog, creating a Facebook ad, Tweeting with the #TherapyHelps or #NPD2017 hashtag? Hiring a skywriter?

We’ll leave some ideas on our Facebook page over the next couple of weeks, but we encourage you to use your own creative brains to think of unique ways to tell people about many benefits of therapy. NPD was established as one day for therapists to join together to promote the profession instead of themselves, to move beyond any self interest and support the vocation we love, respect, and believe in. 

So, what are YOU doing for National Psychotherapy Day?

– Ryan

2015 Press Release

Hello psychotherapy enthusiasts!

The fourth annual National Psychotherapy Day, a day to reduce stigma and draw awareness to the effectiveness of therapy, is Friday, September 25.

People who support psychotherapy – therapists, clients, academics, policymakers, or any other interested party – are encouraged to talk about their own experiences with therapy, contribute to low-fee and community mental health clinics, share therapy effectiveness research (can be found here), and wear turquoise to show support and start conversations.

National Psychotherapy Day was started by me and several psychology graduate students because we believed psychotherapy as a profession had a significant image problem. Therapy takes place behind closed doors, so the public relies on movies and TV to tell them what therapy is like, and those depictions are rarely accurate. We set out to demystify our work, educate the public about what real therapy looks like and how effective it can be, and create a fun day to celebrate therapy, rather than hide it. We encourage therapists to take one day to promote the profession instead of their own practice.

You can find more information on our website,
or Facebook page,
or contact me at: ryan@ryanhowes.net

We’re proud to say we made some waves over the past four years. We’ve received endorsements from many of the top therapists in the field…

“I’m pleased to support National Psychotherapy Day and honor the therapists and patients who courageously travel together on this most intimate, meaningful and big-hearted journey.”Irvin Yalom, M.D.

“I was pleased to hear about the establishment of the first annual National Psychotherapy Day. I recognize the responsibility of psychotherapists to join together on this day to promote the field of psychotherapy, to share evidence-based research, to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to emphasize the necessity for effective, low-cost counseling options.”Judith Beck, Ph.D.

“I’m honored and delighted to lend my support and I hope the day is wonderful. Psychotherapists are that part of nature which has been called to heal the most wounded part of nature, ourselves. It is a holy vocation, not a career or a job.”Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

“The benefits and risks of psychiatric drugs, especially the antidepressants, have probably been oversold to the America public, and many of these medications appear to have few, if any, benefits above and beyond the placebo effect. I feel sad about that, because my colleagues and I have developed amazing new treatment methods. So I definitely support your effort to raise public awareness about psychotherapy, and wish you the best for your Psychotherapy Day!”David D. Burns, M.D.

… and we’re sponsored by www.goodtherapy.org, the socially-aware therapist referral organization with the most rigorous standards,

… and this year we held a storytelling event where therapists told true therapy stories (de-identified, of course) to demystify therapy. This event was called Moments of Meaning – the videos can be found here: www.momentsofmeaning.org.

We’d love it if you would spread the word about National Psychotherapy Day. We believe therapy truly helps, and if more people knew that, the world would be a better place.

Thanks!

– Ryan