Psychotherapy provides an effective treatment for people with serious psychological and psychosomatic disorders. People may seek help for specific reasons such as early childhood trauma, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessional behaviour or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxieties, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships. However, the value of psychotherapy is not limited to those with mental health problems.
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.Training