Therapists & Coaches
in the Effective Altruism community
If you prefer to see a therapist, counselor, or coach who's familiar with effective altruism, here are some options.
If you are an EA-friendly coach, counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist who would like to be added to this web page, please reach out to the Effective Altruism Mental Health Navigator project manager (Emily) at email@example.com.
Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
I know that therapy can be a very challenging process. My approach is to be compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental but also authentic and goal-oriented. My primary aim is to help you develop specific skills that allow you to improve your well-being and solve future problems by yourself. I also make use of concrete techniques and tools, which you will further practice through regular homework.
I use different techniques from many forms of evidence-based therapy, most commonly CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
I often work with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep problems, procrastination, lack of motivation, burnout, perfectionism, problems in establishing or maintaining romantic or social relationships, life crises, and more. I don’t treat acute psychosis—including affective disorders with (severe) psychotic symptoms—and severe eating disorders.
I’ve been working with EA clients since 2018. I have worked in various mental health hospitals and research institutes since 2012.
I mostly work online but can offer in-person sessions in London. The first call is always free. The 50-minute sessions are £70 per session.
For more details, see my website.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
My model of therapy is non-hierarchical. As the therapist I have education and experience, but the client always has expertise on their own life, history, and what works and does not work for them. I utilize evidence based therapies (such as CBT/DBT, Internal Family Systems, Solution Focused, and Narrative therapy), and my focus is always on ensuring that I’m not just providing a non-judgmental ear, but also access to a knowledge base and depth of experience that can supplement the client’s own understanding of their life and difficulties to achieve measurable growth. My practice is all online at the moment and charges $150 per session, however, please don't let cost prevent you from reaching out, as we might be able to work something out. I'm located in Eastern Time, but I keep weird hours and can see clients in European timezones. Learn more at http://daystareld.com/therapy/
Thomas Blank, PhD
Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Due to high ethical demands, there are a number of mental health issues that EAs seem particularly susceptible to, e.g., perfectionism, self-sacrificing or depression/anxiety in general. Successful treatment is based on a detailed analysis of the origin of your problems, the current situation and the conditions that are perpetuating the problems. In cognitive behavioral therapies, I use a structured, evidence-based approach (Kanfer et al., 2012): Anamnesis & Diagnosis, Goal setting, Intervention Planning, Intervention Execution, Evaluation. This is achieved by joint decision making at every step and patients’ active working attitude towards facilitating positive change.
I’m a mathematician, psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher in mental health working at the Medical University Vienna, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and at a mental health outpatient clinic.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Hi I’m Gina! I have a long history of working in various settings: jails, mental hospitals, and intensive care units, as well as academic settings. My therapeutic style incorporates mental health first aid as well interpersonal neurobiology and the neuroaffective relational model (NARM) as frameworks. I’m also deeply informed by person-centered therapies as well as existential inquiries into what has shaped and influenced you in the world and in relationships. Integration of philosophical as well as spiritual and cultural insights is what I most enjoy and aspire to effectively support in my work with clients.
I’m a licensed professional counselor in VA and TX but as of July 2022 will only be accepting remote sessions!
I'm a UK-based psychotherapist mainly using a cognitive behavioural (CBT) approach but also incorporating other evidence-based approaches such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, compassion-focused therapy, schema therapy and some humanistic techniques. I work with depression, anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and others. I also work with less disorder-specific issues such as perfectionism, insomnia, and burnout, and with people undergoing major life transitions such as job loss, migration, divorce, or loss.
I haven't worked with EAs before, and I wouldn't necessarily self-identify as EA, but I do know a lot of EAs socially, and I share a lot of their values.
I deliver sessions both online via video call, and in-person in North Oxford. Currently I'm only seeing clients who are normally resident in the United Kingdom. For more information, or to book an initial consultation or therapy session please visit my website.
Certified Professional Coach
I help people in the EA community face difficult challenges and make their biggest contribution to the world while taking care of themselves. My clients include staff at CEA/80K, Charity Entrepreneurship, CLR/EAF, FHI, Rethink Priorities, and OpenAI.
Most of my clients are either early-stage professionals who want to be more effective at work or emerging leaders and managers who want to get great at working with others. I also work with people who want to become better learners to navigate greater and more rapid change and complexity.
My coaching follows a person-centered (empathic and supportive, non-directive) and behavior-focused (action and future-oriented) approach. I'm certified with the International Coaching Federation, the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches.
I'm located in Central European Time (CET). Sessions are 60 minutes in duration, and we meet via Google Meet or Zoom. My fee for each 60-minute session is €90 for personally funded clients and €135 for corporate-sponsored clients.
See my website for more information.
Personal Strategist (Coach)
Working with me is about having a ‘personal strategist’ that helps guide the discovery, navigation and refinement of deep perceptual constructs that meaningfully affect your personal and professional life. My methods at this level of depth have proven valuable across a wide variety of high-performers, including several organization leaders in effective altruism, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund manager, 2x unicorn startup founder, Oxford professor and startup co-founder pairs. Some of their anonymized stories you can find here. You can find more info in my FAQ section.
I’ve recently partnered with Training For Good, a coaching organization within the effective altruism community, to offer trials of my coaching. I’m also currently trialing my coaching with leaders of organizations in Effective Altruism (Rethink Priorities, HLI, Nonlinear Fund, Fortify Health, Centre for Long-Term Resilience, etc.)
I'm a co-founder and current board director of Rethink Charity (RC), a project collective that launched and/or incubated several EA community building projects, including Rethink Priorities, RC Forward, the EA Hub, the EA Survey, EA Giving Tuesday, and fiscal sponsorship for numerous startup EA-aligned projects. RC Projects that have since closed down are Students for High-Impact Charity, the Local Effective Altruism Network and Rethink Grants.
My current path to scalable impact is focused on facilitating a wave of ambitious and clear-minded clients that will have compounding goodness for the world, especially as they start their own projects, manage others, and navigate their own relationships.
Certified Professional Coach
After two decades as a Silicon Valley product designer and four years as director of technology for a wildlife nonprofit, I pivoted to professional coaching. I am passionate about helping others, and by guiding them to find their true calling, I amplify my impact on improving the world.
I follow the integral coaching methodology from New Ventures West. However, I know every person is unique and pride myself on designing an approach that is best suited for the individual and their situation.
I have been a serious philanthropist since 2004 and an effective altruist since 2017, supporting animal welfare and environmental causes. I am also a member of the International Coaching Foundation (ICF). I am a trained crisis counselor and a top-rated compassionate listener on 7 Cups. I have lived experience with anxiety, depression, procrastination, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome.
I’m in Palo Alto, California, USA (Pacific Time Zone). Sessions occur over Zoom. My EA community rate is $150/hour, but I am happy to negotiate if you are a student, paying out-of-pocket, or working for a nonprofit/NGO. Our first session (a chemistry call) is free.
Work Life Coach
I guide professionals through transition points in their careers towards feeling agentic, confident and capable so that their work can become aligned with who they are and the impact they want to make in the world. To date, I have guided dozens of people from all over the world in a myriad of professions to experience their work as an expression of who they are at the core and what they deeply care about.
I offer 1:1 coaching either on a bi-weekly or monthly basis depending on the client’s needs. The rates differ depending on the engagement and are usually within $200-$250 CAD per 1h session but I am more than happy to figure something out if cost is prohibitive. I also offer free workshops every two months on various topics ranging from relationship to money, purpose, desire and choice (more information on: https://www.lifeworthlovingcoaching.com/).
Hi! I’m a productivity coach who works with effective altruists.
My goal is to help the people who are trying to solve the world’s most pressing problems to clarify your priorities and do more of your most important work. Realistically, I’m not going to solve all your problems, and you won’t have a four-hour work week. You can’t "do it all."
But you can do what matters most. I’ll help you do that based on my experience seeing what works for EAs trying to stay motivated, stay focused, and produce results. You can view my posts on models, theory of change, and prioritization for examples of how I view the world.
You might be feeling unfocused, overwhelmed, behind, or just like you could be doing more. If that’s you, let’s talk.
All calls are remote. European and US time zones work well. The regular price is $150 per session, and I offer a sliding scale.
Certified mindfulness and CBT coach
I am a life coach emphasizing relationships and dating, communication and social skills, emotions and needs, motivation and goal setting, career coaching, self-care, and productivity.
The main methods I use are mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. I would be happy to guide you through your progress.
The best way to find out if I am an optimal coach for you is to book a free intro session. And no, you are not wasting my time, I would love talking to you even if you are uncertain! If you have any hesitation about booking via the calendly link directly, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of coaching I am focusing on EA movement-building (I am a former community builder of Czech EA and coordinator of smaller projects). Currently, I am drawn to EA meta, as I am a cofounder of the EA mindfulness-based programme. Our goal is to help an effective altruist to be productive, but also happy. We believe that this could be a path toward long-lasting motivation.
I am a holistic counselor trained in Hakomi, a mindfulness-based somatic therapy modality. In 2018 I was in a dark place and very disembodied. Seeing a Hakomi therapist helped me reconnect with my “right-brain”, intuitive, body-based awareness, so much so that I wanted to study it myself. I studied Hakomi from 2019 to 2021 and became a TA in the program later that year.
I am located in Oakland, CA (PST) and currently taking online clients. I hope to open an office in the East Bay before the end of the year. My sessions are offered on a sliding scale of $80-$140, depending on your ability to pay. If you’d like to learn more you can take a look at my website here.