In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vincenzo Sinisi, a Cape Town-based Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, has gathered over 500 therapists who are offering their services for free to those affected by the war.
Through his website, Sinisi connects people to mental health professionals worldwide. As founder and director of international therapy site TherapyRoute.com he spotted an opportunity to help those affected by the war, and invited therapists in his network to step up and support individuals and families who the invasion has negatively impacted.
The therapists who have signed up for this initiative offer their services pro bono to people directly affected by the war in Ukraine.
Anyone wishing to use this service can browse the site here and choose from the therapist's profiles, then reach out via the contact form provided to those who match their needs.
Also see: How to talk to children about the Russia-Ukraine conflict
This free service applies to all people directly affected by the war in Ukraine, no matter their race, nationality, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, or religion, and people do not need to be in Ukraine to ask to see a listed therapist.
These therapists are from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds and offer a variety of services in many different languages.
Sinisi advises checking with each to establish what services they can offer and for how long. He says that most of the therapists offering their services in this regard provide at least four sessions, but many will provide therapy for six months or more.
If you are a therapist who would like to offer pro bono help to people directly affected by the war in Ukraine, please consider registering your practice on the TherapyRoute platform.
Free Therapy for Ukraine is a service offered in collaboration and with the assistance of Headroom and Counsellinghub.
Find free therapy for Ukraine here
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