European Association for Psychotherapy

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The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) is a Vienna-based umbrella organisation for 128 psychotherapist organizations (including 28 national associations and 17 European associations) from 42 countries with a membership of more than 120,000 psychotherapists. [1] Individual members may also join the organisation directly rather than through one of its member organisations.


The EAP has auspiced much of the European effort from the mid-1990s toward the professionalisation of psychotherapy and the formation of pan-European training standards, ethics and guidelines. [2]

A submission to the European Commission to establish the Common Training Framework for the Profession of Psychotherapist is currently in process (2021).

The President of EAP is Patricia Hunt (UK); [3] the general secretary of the EAP is Prof. Eugenijus Laurinaitis (Lithuania). [4]

The association is based on the Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy of 1990 whereby the EAP promotes the need for high standards of training on a scientific basis, and fights for free and independent exercise of psychotherapy in Europe. [5] Important activities include:


Publication of the International Journal of Psychotherapy ISSN   1356-9082, a professional journal with 3 issues per annum. [8]

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  1. "About". European Association for Psychotherapy. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  2. Young, C. (2011) The history and development of Body Psychotherapy: European collaboration, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice, 6:1, DOI: 10.1080/17432979.2010.545189 p. 57.
  3. "About". European Association for Psychotherapy. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  4. EAP. "EAP: Executive Board". Archived from the original on 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  5. "Strasbourg Declaration on Psychotherapy - EAP". European Association for Psychotherapy. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  6. "European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) - EAP". European Association for Psychotherapy. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  7. "EAP Quality Standards". European Association for Psychotherapy. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  8. "International Journal of Psychotherapy". International Journal of Psychotherapy website.