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.


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.