Celebrating 15 Years!

The International Therapist Directory is celebrating 15 years!!

I want to take a moment to recognize this milestone. There have been many voices encouraging the ongoing development of this niche online resource over the last fifteen years, and I am grateful. In the earliest days, it was the folks at Interaction International, the organization originally founded by David Pollock. I can remember Dave speaking passionately about how a network of mental health therapists sensitive to the needs and experiences of TCKs and other internationally mobile people was sorely needed. In many ways, I believe my work on this project has been a direct outpouring of my gratitude for Dave and all the work he did to help so many of us discover a language to begin to describe our experiences to ourselves and to one another. His work spoke deeply to so many, and together, we stand on his shoulders. Thank you Dave.

In those early years, a couple of individuals were especially encouraging, including Ruth van Reken, founder of Families in Global Transition and co-author with David Pollock of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, and Lois Bushong, author of Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile. I am so grateful to Ruth and Lois for their friendship over the years and their ongoing encouragement to develop and continue to curate this resource. Their belief in the need for it, and their joy in seeing it mature and grow, has been a source of refreshment over the years. Thank you Ruth. Thank you Lois.

In recent years, as the need for a website that included a lot more moving parts than original iterations emerged, I have to offer a significant thanks to Lydia Williams Keller, founder of Soundview Creative. Lydia, a former ex-pat herself, has been instrumental in re-tooling the site to make more effective use of today’s technologies. Lydia has been wonderful to work with, both for her technical know-how and for her belief and support in the vision of the site itself. Thank you Lydia.

Finally, thank you to all of the past, current, and future members of the ITD. This site would not exist without you. Thank you for the experience and perspectives you have to offer. Thank you for the work that you do. Thank you for participating in this project to help provide this service to the internationally-mobile community.

Working to create and curate the International Therapist Directory over the last 15 years has been very meaningful, and I look forward to what the next 15 years (and beyond) have to bring.

Josh.