Citizen Therapist

Simply stated, a citizen therapist works with the understanding of the role of psychotherapy in a democracy—democracy understood as a way of life involving collective agency and not just an election system.


A citizen therapist knows that because psychotherapy not only helps people in their personal lives but also increases their capacity to contribute as members of wider communities, clinical conversations can fruitfully integrate the public dimension of people’s lives.


A citizen therapist sees the importance of promoting public mental health and supporting the foundations of democracy upon which psychotherapy depends, and seeks opportunities, small or large, to contribute in these arenas in partnership with other citizens.