GoodTherapy.org Sponsors Olympia Love Our Local Fest 2016

colin at love our local festThe GoodTherapy.org team helped sponsor the community Love Our Local Fest in Olympia, WA on August 21, 2016. This is the third time GoodTherapy.org has served as a sponsor for the event, which celebrates community arts, music, and culture in the Eastside neighboorhood of Olympia; we also attended in 2013 and 2014.

Though GoodTherapy.org is an international directory of mental health professionals, serving people all over the world who are looking for a therapist, we have always been passionate about having a local presence. GoodTherapy.org’s main office and most team members are located in Olympia, WA, where there is a vibrant community that unites around local goods and services. Love Our Local Fest is one example of the ways Olympia citizens celebrate arts, crafts, music, artisanal food and drink, nonprofit organizations, and more in the area.

Vendor booths and tables lined both sides of the street stretching two city blocks, one on either side of a stage that featured music from various artists throughout the afternoon. GoodTherapy.org provided information about how to find a therapist, the application process for therapists to join GoodTherapy.org, and free weekly GoodTherapy.org newsletters, which feature articles and news about mental health, psychology, and psychotherapy. Two lucky newsletter subscribers each won a $25 gift card to San Francisco Street Bakery, a local favorite in Olympia.

Business Development and Outreach Coordinator Colin Matteson (pictured here) organized GoodTherapy.org’s presence at the festival. A resident of Olympia’s Eastside community, Matteson was eager to represent GoodTherapy.org and participate in the event. “Working at GoodTherapy.org over the past two years has been such a positive, formative experience and I’m so proud of everything we do here,” Matteson said. “I was compelled to share GoodTherapy.org with the community that I’ve lived in for ten years now. What a perfect way to connect two vital elements that have undoubtedly helped shape me into the person I am today.”

GoodTherapy.org was in good company with other organizations that promoted mind and body health and wellness at Love Our Local Fest, and community members who were not aware of GoodTherapy.org seemed grateful for the resource and opportunity to learn about our mission and vision. Matteson was more than happy to interact with visitors. “While I was primarily sharing information about our mission and vision, the content and resources we provide, and the work we do,” he said, “I was humbled by the stories, experiences, and kind words that people from all walks of life took time to share with me. These unique—albeit brief—interactions are ones you can miss out on if you’re not putting yourself out there, engaging with people face-to-face. I was so happy to be there to celebrate our community. It was truly wonderful to talk and spend even a few moments with everyone who stopped by our booth.”

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  • Jim

    Jim

    August 24th, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    What an awesome way to not only get out the message about your organization and the resources that you have to offer, but to get involved with and be such an integral part of your community.
    I know that the people who live in your area are probably very grateful for all of your hard work and involvement in their community.

  • Sharon

    Sharon

    August 25th, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Olympia sounds like a nice place to live

  • Xander

    Xander

    August 26th, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Truly we need more organizations like yours, those who are willing to not only give back to their neighbors but those who also wish to learn from them.
    This is what spreading the love is all about.
    Kudos to you as well as your city!

  • TY

    TY

    August 28th, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    I would love to live somewhere that places so much value and worth on providing their residents with loads of tools and resources such as these.

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