We aren’t the least bit surprised to learn that more people turned to therapy this year than ever before. In June, a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40.9% of respondents reported “at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition,” including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and substance abuse, with rates that were 3 to 4 times the rates 1 year earlier. We’re experiencing what’s called collective trauma. This past year has taught us that there is no such thing as normal, yet we are cautiously optimistic about the future.
GTIP is meeting the challenges brought on by the uncertainty of the pandemic and the current political climate. Trainees learn to tolerate the unknown, to embrace differences and celebrate growth. According to Rmana Maharshi, “Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
For 36 years, we’ve seen our grads pay it forward as therapists; as advocates in courtrooms; as health care practitioners on medical teams; as coaches in human resource departments; and as partners, parents, family members, and friends.
GTIP’s Directors elaborate in this short video: https://vimeo.com/482855376
GTIP is also acknowledging our privilege and centering marginalized voices and needs in our training. We need your support in:
-Offering reparations through tuition remission to trainees from the African diaspora
-Developing a more inclusive faculty and board
-Updating and diversifying our curriculum
-Undertaking trainings that confront and interrupt racism
-Applying our Gestalt therapy skills of dialogue and presence to create a community that can connect across differences, where people of all backgrounds and identities are represented, and empowered.
In short, GTIP is digging deeply to help our society heal and grow. There are many ways to dig deeply, and we are asking you to bring healing into the world by making a donation. Please join GTIP’s community as a donor by December 31st to provide the care and support so many of us need.
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