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Mental Health Counselling for Effective Altruists

The global mental health crisis has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective altruists may be particularly prone to mental health issues given their broad concern and engagement for others.

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Formal Education

Neuroscientist (Dr. scient. med.)

Cognitive behavioral therapist

Psychologist (MSc)

Mathematician (MSc)

Dr. Thomas  Blank

Common psychological problem areas

Since I've started working with Effective Altruists and people from the Rationality community, a number of recurrent themes have occurred in therapies, which might also impact your current personal situation.

  • Perfectionsm

  • Relationship issues, particularly relating to polyamory

  • Doubts and stress about career choice, particularly AI related careers

  • Difficulties establishing fulfilling connections with others 

  • Depression, low self-worth,  lack of meaning in life

Involvement with Effective Altruism

I've been involved in Effective Altruism since 2015 and headed the national Austrian Effective Altruism chapter for two years. Currently, I am a board member and treasurer of the national organization. I've organized several retreats, attended a number of conferences and am familiar with the literature, organizations and cause areas.

Recent top journal publications

Blank et al.  (2022). Brain morphometry and connectivity differs between adolescent- and adult-onset major depressive disorder. Depression and Anxiety. 2022; 39, 387– 396.

Blank et al. (2021). Neurobiological predictors for clinical trajectories in fully remitted depressed patients. Depression and Anxiety. 2021; 38: 447– 455. 

Offer

Realizing that the pandemic will have potentially long lasting negative effects on the Effective Altruism community, I have decided to offer psychotherapy dedicated to the community at favorable conditions.

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Conditions

  • Longer term psychotherapy

  • Brief counselling for acute personal crises

  • Couples therapy

  • Rate per session: 120$/£95/110€

 

Unfortunately, I don't have openings currently. I hope to be able to offer appointments again in several weeks. If you would like to be contacted once I have a therapy slot available, please fill in your email.

Thank you.