Definition of the profession of Psychotherapy

Appendix 1 to the Board Minutes, Siracuse 17th to 18th of October 2003

(1) The practice of psychotherapy is the comprehensive, conscious and planned treatment of psychosocial, psychosomatic and behavioural disturbances or states of suffering with scientific psychotherapeutic methods, through an interaction between one or more persons being treated, and one or more psychotherapists, with the aim of relieving disturbing attitudes to change, and to promote the maturation, development and health of the treated person. It requires both a general and a specific training/education.
(2) The independent practice of psychotherapy consists of autonomous, responsible enactment of the capacities described in paragraph 1; independent of whether the activity is in free practice or institutional work: (see 1)

Schedule for EAP Board meetings, EAP and WCP Congresses

EAP Board Meetings Vienna (Austria): February 23 - 25, 2017

EAP Board Meetings Antwerp (Belgium): September 28 - 30, 2017

Summer 2017:
WCP Congress in Paris, France "La vie et l'amour au 21°siècle" - "LIfe and Love in the 21st century", 24 - 28 July 2017

EAP Board Meetings Vienna (Austria): February 22 - 24, 2018

EAP Board Meetings Belgrade (Serbia): October 18 - 19, 2018


War and Psychotherapy - Latvian social & rehabilitation camp for Ukrainian colleagues

The Latvian National Awarding Organisation (LPA) organised a social and rehabilitation camp for Ukrainian colleagues in 2015. Please have a look at the power point presentation providing more information about this activity.

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During the heightened events of the war zone in Ukraine ukrainian psychotherapists working as volunteers. Such intensive work conditions as victims as well as assisting affects not only the physical, but also mental health. Latvian Psychotherapy Association organized two summer camps for psycho-emotional rehabilitation of Ukrainian psychotherapists who have more than a year worked intensively hostilities in the region. The aim of the camp was to help the Ukrainian psychotherapists rework the traumatic experience, reduce burnout syndrome risks, and restore healthy physical and psycho-emotional condition to be able to return to their land to continue volunteering.

The project idea was developed in collaboration with the Latvian Psychotherapy Association and Parliament Deputies working group for cooperation with the Ukrainian parliament. Most funding for the camp conduct gave the Ministry of Health
Working in individual supervisions with colleagues through Skype it had concluded that many of them located on the border of burnout because without volunteering with victims of warfare, also perform their direct responsibilities in the workplace. However, only to face with colleagues in person, here in Latvia, where the environment and the atmosphere is so different from the situation in Ukraine, it was possible to see how many of the professionals themselves are extremely traumatized. It is important to be aware of, as well as professional resources are not inexhaustible. Some of them work to burn the border, but to recover a situation where around the shoot and the number of victims is increasing, it is very difficult, and sometimes impossible. This type of project, the rehabilitation, which includes both the recovery measures and support and education are provided to professionals on the merits colleague - a colleague, is unique in the history of psychotherapy as a whole.

To help restore the physical and mental resources of Ukrainian colleagues this summer were created two camps psycho-emotional rehabilitation, during which the Ukrainian colleagues had the opportunity to listen to lectures on current topics and participate in professional support classes - group and individual supervisions, as well as receive other rehabilitation measures. Both group and individual supervisions driving attracted various psychotherapy specialists from Latvian, which allows colleagues to receive the widest support and expanding their opportunities for future work. Seminars led by experienced and professional direction different Latvian Association of psychotherapists Psychotherapy - psychodynamic and existential psychotherapists, family therapists and psychoorganic analysis and psychodrama specialists and psychiatrists.

Heward Wilkinson - EAP Honorary Membership & Farewell from EAP

At the EAP Board meetings in Vienna on February 14th and 15th, 2014 Heward Wilkinson retired from his functions within the EAP. After more than 20 years being active in the association, Heward felt it was time to say good-bye.

Heward was one of the few members of the EAP Board who represented both a National Umbrella Organisation (UKCP) and a European-wide Awarding Organisation (European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy). For this reason, during his representation Heward participated in various EAP Committees and acquired a broad knowledge of EAP procedures and policies. Heward's precise thinking, his wisdom, his breadth of knowledge of psychotherapy and his skill with language, meant that his contributions in difficult or complex discussions, were hugely influential.

The EAP will sorely miss his expertise and his enthusiasm. To honour his achievements for the EAP, the Board unanimously agreed to grant Honorary Membership to him.

During the meeting of the European-wide Organisations Committee on February 14th, Heward gave a brilliant speech on the topic "Unity of Psychotherapy" which we would like to share with you in the MP3 file. 

Listen to the speech or download the MP3 file here

Abstract "Unity of Psychotherapy" (PDF)

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EAP Board Meetings Rome - October 14-15, 2011

The last EAP Board meetings were held from October 14th to 15th, 2011 in Rome, Italy. The venue of the meetings in the city centre was in comfortable walking distance to the famous St. Peter´s Dome and the Vatican City State. Thank to the collaboration of both Italian National Awarding Organisations, the Federazione Italiana delle Associazioni di Psicoterapia (FIAP) and the Federatione delle Associazione Italiana de Psicoterapia (FAIP), the EAP Board members were invited to a most interesting guided tour through the Vatican Museum followed by a delicious dinner in a traditional Italian restaurant. This very attractive social event on Friday night gave the Board members the opportunity to both get involved in Rome´s cultural life and at the same time enjoy themselves after a long day of intensive meetings.

Apart from many interesting discussions amongst psychotherapists from all over Europe, the EAP Board meetings in Rome were also dedicated to saying good-bye to some Board members. Isabelle Crespelle who was not only the EAP representative of the European Association for Transactional Analysis for many years, but fundamentally influenced the procedures for accepting European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes (EAPTIs), sat in the TAC and worked as co-chair at the EWOC and GAP Meeting. The EAP will very much miss her both on a professional and a personal level. Renée Oudijk from the Dutch NAO NAP and Theodor Itten from the Swiss NAO ASP participated at the Board meetings in Rome for the last time in their function as NAO delegates. As both are very much involved in other EAP activities, we are happy to meet them again at future meetings. The Board also said good-bye to Derval Ryan who will no longer represent the Irish NAO ICP in the EAP.

Willy Szafran resigned as External Relations Officer. With Peter Schulthess there was a very competent and enthusiastic candidate standing for election as his successor. The EAP unanimously accepted Peter as new EAP External Relations Officer and confirmed Michel Meignant as External Relations Officer representing the EAP in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The Board continues to think about successor planning, balancing experience with fresh perspectives. This is currently focused on the role of a deputy to the General Secretary, as the Board felt that this balance was not achieved in the recent election process.

The new representative from the Spanish NAO FEAP, María Munoz-Grandes invited everyone to the next EAP Congress „Psychotherapy: „Improving Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Europe“ from July 4th to 7th, 2012 in Valencia. Please find detailed information about this event at

Annik Lambert, a lawyer from Brussels, and Mony Elkaim who are both involved in the ongoing negotiations with the European Commission, Department for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, gave a report on the latest developments. The European Commission is now at a stage of evaluating the Directive regulating professions in Europe. The EAP is invited to comment on the Commission´s evaluation report.

The EAP President Adrian Rhodes who chaired the Board meetings for the first time in this function with great overview and engagement, thanked all Board members for the fruitful working atmosphere. The EAP is at an exciting, if sometimes uncomfortable point, where it is looking to reviewits aims and objectives and keen to engage the energies and enthusiasm of newer (and younger!) people.


EAPs 20th anniversary & farewell Serge Ginger (Registrar) and Regina Hilbert (Treasurer)

The EAP Board meetings in Vienna on February 18th and 19th, 2011 were not only dedicated to hard work and intensive discussions but also to celebrations and good-byes.

Serge Ginger who held the post of EAP Registrar for ten years decided to resign from this office. During his term of office he carefully checked and signed more than 5.000 ECP applications from 54 different countries. The Registrar’s position involves daily correspondence with the head office and representatives and a tremendous amount of work. Serge Ginger did this job with great success and passion. For several years Serge worked closely together with Ivana Slavkovic who will assume the position this year.

The EAP Treasurer Regina Hilbert who was elected at the AGM in Vilnius in 2005 also resigned. In her term of office she succeeded to improve the EAP´s financial situation remarkably. She was always keen on making financial transactions and the EAP budget transparent for the EAP Board and all EAP members. Her successor Alexander Rieder who holds a degree in International Business Administration will continue with this policy.

Besides these two farewells leaving the EAP Board members in a little sentimental atmosphere it was time to celebrate EAP´s 20th anniversary. 

If you like to view some photos from the EAP anniversary and farewell celebrations, you will find a collection of professional photos on this website:

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) was founded in June 1991.
According to the EAP Statutes § 2.1 „It is a non-profit organisation that aims to unite psychotherapy organisations into a common association, and organises individual psychotherapists of different orientations in Europe“. This international orientation and multi-cultural spirit could be very closely experienced at the visit of a typical Viennese „Heuriger“ on Friday evening. More than 80 psychotherapists discussed, enjoyed themselves together and listened to a favorite Viennese singer.

At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday Adrian Rhodes from United Kingdom was unanimously elected as the new EAP president. He will officially assume this position from Rodolfo de Bernart from Italy in summer 2011. Eugenijus Laurinaitis from Lithuania was elected as incoming Vice-president.


Estimation of the professional density of qualified psychotherapists in Europe

Reference: Serge Ginger, speech at European Conference on the Status of Psychotherapy in Europe – “Psychotherapy – an independent profession? A European Challenge!”

Search for Psychotherapists with the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy (JCP)

JCP online: The first Psychotherapists with the Japanese Certificate for Psychotherapy can now be found online.


Recognition of professional qualifications in the EU

Dear psychotherapist,

On February 11th, 2004 the European Parliament voted for the implementation of the profession of psychotherapists to become a harmonized profession within the whole European Union (now 15 member countries, from May 1st, 2004 25 member countries).

The training basis shall be the guidelines of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, they are implemented in the decision of the Parliament (see attachment). The current national law regulations in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Finland and Italy have been confirmed, but the directive goes beyond and shall enable psychotherapists in the future to work with the national diploma in all European Union countries.

The first step of the directive is done, now negotiations with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission will take place. The final directive can be expected in one to two years after a second vote of the European Parliament.

The Board of the European Association for Psychotherapy has worked for this goal for twelve years and will continue this work for the development of the professional psychotherapists and the protection of their clients.

Paul Boyesen, President EAP

Alfred Pritz, General Secretary EAP

Willy Szafran, ExternalRelations Officer of the EAP


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