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Promote Professional Mental Health Care In Colorado
  • Petitioning State Rep. Mark Ferrandino

This petition will be delivered to:

State Rep. Mark Ferrandino
State Sen. Morgan Carroll
Gov. John Hickenlooper

Promote Professional Mental Health Care In Colorado

    1. Jeremy Savage
    2. Petition by

      Jeremy Savage

      Englewood, CO

The current mental health statutes in Colorado do not adequately regulate the practice of psychotherapy. Currently, there are no experience or educational requirements for an individual to receive an endorsement by the State to be a Registered Psychotherapist. This means that an individual with no formal education or training can hold themselves out to the public as a psychotherapist.

Colorado is currently the only state in the entire nation to have such a designation. As other states begin to regulate mental health more closely, Colorado continues to support a level of endorsement that does nothing to protect consumers. 

Formerly, the state called Registered Psychotherapists "Non-licensed Counselors" which is a more accurate description (although they are not necessarily counselors either). Unfortunately, lobbyists and outspoken individuals petitioned the state to change the name to "Registered Psychotherapists." This designation creates confusion to the public. Many assume it is parallel to a Registered Nurse -- a designation that requires formal, accredited education and licensure. A Registered Psychotherapist is not a licensed individual -- it only indicates that an individual has submitted notice to the State that they are practicing psychotherapy, without meeting any required standards. In addition, a designation that does not require any education whatsoever is not found in any other health-related field in Colorado. Indeed, we would not allow an individual who simply had an interest in internal medicine to practice so long as he or she referred to themself as a "Registered Physician".

Colorado presently does not serve its citizens by having the Registered Psychotherapist designation. By having this, the State indicates that it does not take mental health seriously. It presents a false endorsement of the individual practicing psychotherapy without training or a license. Colorado is seriously out of step with the rising standards of mental health licensure being adopted in other states.

Our present laws need to be amended such that there is clarity for the consumer. This petition requests that the State abandon its use of the term "Registered Psychotherapist" and replace it with the term "Non-licensed Psychotherapist". Please, demonstrate to the Nation that Colorado takes mental health seriously. Reform our statutes for consumer protection and safety.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. We've reached the minimum number of supporters!

      Jeremy Savage
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations! We've reached the minimum number of signatures for our petition to be sent to our State leaders. We are one step closer to making mental health care safer for Colorado.

      Although we've reached the minimum, I encourage you to continue sharing this petition with your friends. Going over our minimum number can only strengthen our message to Governor Hickenlooper.

      Thank you so much for your support! This is something that will really make a big difference in the lives of Coloradans.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kenneth Torio CANT SAY, CA
      • 8 days ago

      Mental health is a huge deal.

    • Richard Sirella SHELTON, CT
      • 10 days ago

      mental health, like physical is equally important, but we are not even close in service

    • abigail schreiber GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO
      • 15 days ago

      I am studying to be a licenced psychotherapist

    • Paul Antram JERSEY SHORE, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      Working as a counselor, I would like to trust the opinion a more experienced therapist!

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 month ago

      "Whenever the keys to self-esteem are seemingly out of reach for a large percentage of the people, as in twentieth-century America, then widespread 'mental illness,' neuroticism, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and social disorder will certainly occur. Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. We must have it, and when it is unattainable, everybody suffers. A size-able proportion of all human activity is devoted to the task of shielding us from the inner pain of inferiority. I believe this is to be the most dominant force in life."

      James Dobson

      Any illness with a psychological origin, manifested either in symptoms of emotional distress or in abnormal behaviour. Most mental disorders can be broadly classified as either psychoses or neuroses ( neurosis; psychosis). Psychoses (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) are major mental illnesses characterized by severe symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and an inability to evaluate reality in an objective manner. Neuroses are less severe and more treatable illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and paranoia as well as obsessive-compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer disease, are clearly caused by organic disease of the brain, but the causes of most others are either unknown or not yet verified. Schizophrenia appears to be partly caused by inherited genetic factors. Some mood disorders, such as mania and depression, may be caused by imbalances of certain neurotransmitters in the brain; they are treatable by drugs that act to correct these imbalances ( psychopharmacology). Neuroses often appear to be caused by psychological factors such as emotional deprivation, frustration, or abuse during childhood, and they may be treated through psychotherapy. Certain neuroses, particularly the anxiety disorders known as phobias, may represent maladaptive responses built up into the human equivalent of conditioned reflexes.


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