Get to know us
Our GoalsThe main goal of our work is the promotion of climate resilience both on an individual and societal level. This includes
- creating awareness of the climate crisis
- facilitating emotional coping strategies
- encouraging constructive action when dealing with the climate crisis
- supporting climate activists (individuals and groups)
Our Core PrinciplesOur advocacy is focused on the following core principles:
- respecting human autonomy
- avoiding harm to humans, animals and nature
- promoting human well-being
- upholding human dignity and human rights
- regarding humanity as a part of nature that is worth protecting
What we offer
- Public relations, workshops, professional psychological counselling, and talks about climate psychology and climate resilience
- Coaching, psycho-social counselling, and mediation for climate activists
- Group sessions on emotional coping with the climate crisis
- Networking and exchange of thoughts among climate protecting psychologists and psychotherapists
How We Work Psy4F is a decentralized organization which coordinates its activities. Our work is based on scientific evidence. As psychotherapists we adhere to the code of psychotherapeutic and medical ethics of the federal and state chambers of psychotherapists. In order to achieve our goals, we seek a lively exchange and synergy with other groups within the “For Future” movement and like-minded climate activists. As long as their demands along with non-violent activism are in line with both the “mission & values” outlined here and our statement from May 2019, we support them. With our psychological expertise, we promote a non-violent change towards more climate friendly structures within our free and democratic political system. Within Psy4F there is no place for anti-semitism, racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Further details regarding our organization are defined in a separate document which is available upon request (German only).
Psychologists/Psychotherapists for Future was founded in May 2019 as grassroots movement by a few colleagues who were looking for allies in their struggle against the climate crisis.
As we researched the field it quickly became clear that the climate crisis is a psychological crisis. Within weeks, more and more colleagues joined who have been willing to spend part of their spare time to volunteer for this initiative ever since.
On 21 May 2019 we published our statement with more than 100 signatures. Every week, new teams and regional groups were founded, inspiration flowed, new approaches were discussed, and the network grew. Our aim is to publicly leverage our psychological and psychotherapeutical knowledge and skills and to exert influence on society.
Our first focus has been centered on „Mental Health for Activists“ and establishing regional connections with our colleagues from Scientists for Future.
Our declared goals include informing the Fridays for Future movement and other opinion leaders about psychological issues related to tackling the climate crisis, becoming active ourselves, and raising awareness for the possibilities of this social movement.