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