The situation of psychotherapy in Norway, 2014

1. How many psychotherapists work in your country.

We have no idea how many psychotherapists that work in Norway , but under the umbrella of Norwegian Federation of Psychotherapy  (NFP) we  have  approx  600 members.

2. Overview on psychotherapy training

In order to be accepted as  a training institute under the umbrella  of NFP  the institutes  training program  as a minimum has to be in accordance with the standards of NFP .

3. List of psychotherapy schools in your country

Under the umbrella of NPF there are  at present 5 training institutes.

•  Norske  Gestalt Institutt     (Gestalt)
• Norsk Institutt for Psykosyntese   (Psychosynthesis)
• Norsk institutt for Kunst- og uttrykksterapi  (Art and expressive therapy)
• Morenoinstituttet     (Psychodrama)
• Trondheim Psykodramainstituttet   (Psychodrama)

4. Legal situation (is there   a law or regulation, if yes please attach the law regulation to the article)

There is no specific law for Psychotherapy/psychotherapists, but 
the law  for Practitioners of Alternative Treatments apply. 

Also   several sections in the laws that regulates governmental authorized health workers (psychologists, doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, etc) called  Lov om Helsepersonell,  applies to psychotherapists when relevant.

5. Is there a national register for psychotherapists

No, there is no national register for psychotherapists, but there is a voluntary lists of practitioners of alternative treatments  in which  many of the members of NFPs member associations  are listed in the section of their modality.

NFP  is spring 2014 creating an database on all qualified  members in our  practitioners associations.

6. Payment; how much do clients pay on average per hour

This varies a lot but usually in the range of  Euro 60-130

7. Is psychotherapy paid by health insurance

Usually not, but there are exceptions

8. Which government is responsible for psychotherapy in your country

The Ministry of Health

9. Which psychotherapy modalities are accepted in your country

As there is no law, all modalities are accepted. Our organization include the following modalities:

Gestalt therapy
Expressive arts therapy
Psychodrama therapy
Psychosynthesis therapy
Analytical (Jungian) therapy
Integrative movement therapy
Dance therapy

However, the training  must as a minimum  be  in accordance with NFP/EAP standards.


NFP was founded in  1998 .
In 2014  its members are 5 training institutes and  7  practitioners organisations.
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