European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute (EAPTI)

The vision of EAP is to protect the interest of the independent profession of psychotherapy and the public it serves, by ensuring that the profession functions at an appropriate level of training and practice. To that end, the EAP has established the status of “European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes” (EAPTIs) with the primary aim of upholding training standards and raising the quality of practice in the field of psychotherapy in Europe.

EAPTIs are training institutes whose excellence and commitment to high standards have been tested and approved by the ‘European Association for Psychotherapy’. This requires a rigorous approval visit and the backing of the relevant national and modality bodies.

The European Association for Psychotherapy invites you to take part in this quality control programme and to obtain the status of EAPTI.

Training Institutes benefit from achieving the status of an EAPTI by:

  1.  Being able to call themselves a “European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute (EAPTI) and to use this title and a special logo of EAPTI in all public business dealings
  2. Appearing on the EAP website as a “European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute (EAPTI), where EAP stands as a guarantee of the high standards of your training and where EAPTIs from all over Europe can be found
  3. Possibility of immediate application of graduates for the European Certificate for Psychotherapy by “Direct Award” after completing the training in an EAPTI
  4. Possibility of broadcasting information about your training institute worldwide as a result of the close cooperation between the EAP and the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP)

Creating and maintaining European quality training standard is not only advantageous for your training institute with regard to European competition but also supports the development of psychotherapy in an international context.


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.