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Psychotherapy in Europe

Psychotherapy in Europe

Hello everyone, first of all I want to apologise for the delay in doing this article. As regular followers of my articles will know, a week ago I went to the European Association for Psychotherapy Board Meeting. At the same time, we had a catastrophic server issue which basically caused the website to go down for almost a week. Thanks to my IT people at IF Consultancy, we now have a much more stable server and these problems should be a thing of the past.

The thing that struck me whilst in Zagreb was how lucky British Psychotherapy is as a profession. With so many countries enabling or already having very restrictive legislation in place regarding the practise of psychotherapy, our situation is something to truly be thankful for.

In Belgium, Russia, Italy, and Austria, just to name a few places, the practise of psychotherapy is highly restricted by the state. I would say that this is not good for the profession, but likewise it is also not good for the public. Here in the UK, the public has the choice as to who they consult for psychotherapeutic purposes. This allows the potential client the freedom to make an informed choice about who and what approach feels right for him/her. Is the system perfect? No, but in my view it is the best game in town.

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