About the American Psychotherapy Association

The American Psychotherapy Association was formed to provide credentialing, standards of practice, professional identity, and self-regulation for the psychotherapy profession.

The American Psychotherapy Association's goal is to improve the public perception of psychotherapy. In recent years, the psychotherapeutic process has been devalued by insurance companies, the court system, and other professional membership associations. The American Psychotherapy Association promotes the field of psychotherapy and those professionals who are committed to the practice. The American Psychotherapy Association encourages individual professional growth and works to elevate professional standards for practicing psychotherapy.

The purpose of the American Psychotherapy Association is to establish a cohesive national organization that credentials ethical, highly-educated and well-trained psychotherapists. The American Psychotherapy Association provides members with opportunities to associate with one another. The common goal of the American Psychotherapy Association members is to maintain a tradition which is of great value to individuals and society as a whole.

The American Psychotherapy Association is concerned with establishing guidelines, promoting education and training, confirming the professional identity of the members, educating the public about the benefits of psychotherapy, and providing networking and resource development.

"Psychotherapy has become an endangered species, devalued and de-professionalized in our society. The American Psychotherapy Association dedicates its resources to uplifting this healing art form to the status it deserves. As a professional organization it strives to protect psychotherapy from the multitude of forces currently hostile to its development."

-James F. Zender, PhD, FAPA

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