Mission Statement of the APA

The Mission of the American Psychotherapy Association is to assume the leadership role in providing Diplomate Status and creating a forum to advance psychotherapy.

APA exists to preserve the practice of the art and science of psychotherapy as a distinct and describable intellectual endeavor and to protect the practice of psychotherapy from market forces which threaten to distort and eventually destroy its purpose.

APA assists, educates, and supports the individual member and brings together professionals to elevate the art and science of psychotherapy.

APA strives to promote the therapeutic process. Its mission is to credential qualified individuals who, through a combination of education and experience, have learned techniques which promote healing through a trusting therapeutic relationship.

APA is to become the preeminent national association certifying psychotherapists of various disciplines.

APA supports the personal and professional development of psychotherapists by providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and training that will enhance their skill with children, adults, couples and families in both individual and group settings.

APA advances psychotherapy as a profession by acknowledging over 100 years of psychotherapy practice while moving into the next century with a focus on improving service delivery, announcing and publishing the benefits of therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups, and improving service delivery to diverse cultural and economic groups.

APA exists to develop and implement a comprehensive communication network which provides professional resources, training opportunities, and professional support for its membership.

APA promotes the highest standards for the psychotherapist-client relationship.

APA educates the general public and managed care entities about the efficacy of psychotherapy for individuals, families and society.

APA represents a variety of professionally trained therapists who are committed to advance and protect the interests of their clients. Additionally, the APA desires to preserve the therapists’ ability to practice and provide the best treatment for those who seek their help. The goal is to provide clients with quality care without interference from managed care or insurance companies and those more concerned with profit than with patient care.

APA promotes, clarifies, describes and communicates new discoveries, techniques and strategies related to creating a balance for both individuals and society.

APA provides a forum and resource for psychotherapists to enhance and improve their professional skills.


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