European Association of Psychotherapy

The European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP)  was founded in 1991 as an organisation to support and promote psychotherapy in Europe. It is the flagship of the profession of psychotherapy and unites 120.000 psychotherapists and 128 psychotherapy organisations from 41 European countries.

Based on the “Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy of 1990” the EAP represents and SUSTAINS THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS for the free and independent practice of psychotherapy, and upholds rigorous standards of competence and professionalism.

Why EAP?

The EAP is committed to a high level of competence and training standards in psychotherapy. Organisations and individuals who fulfill the criteria benefit from joining EAP.

The EAP endeavours to influence the development and regulation of psychotherapy standards in European countries and the European Union and to make available information and documentation to political organisations and Government Departments.

EAP Organigram


Psychotherapists are required to engage in extensive personal psychotherapy during their training which is up to seven years duration. Psychotherapists usually have a first degree followed by a professional, highly specialised, theoretical and clinical training which includes research methodology and continuous professional development. The EAP promotes the recognition of common standards of training throughout Europe, and will ensure their mobility across member states.