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.


Formal Education

Neuroscientist (Phd; see latest publication)

Cognitive behavioral therapist

Psychologist (MSc)

Mathematician (MSc)

Thomas  Blank, PhD

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 to others 

  • Low self-worth and lack of meaning in life

Involvement with Effective Altruism

I've been involved in Effective Altruism since 2015 and headed the Austrian Effective Altruism chapter for two years. I've attended a number of conferences and am familiar with the literature, organisations and cause areas.


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.



  • Longer term psychotherapy or brief counselling for acute personal crises

  • Couples therapy

  • Reduced rate per session: 85€/100$/£75

  • Donation of 10% from all sessions over the year 2021 to effective charities


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