The American Psychotherapy Association (APA): was formed to provide credentialing,
standards of practice, professional identity, and self-regulation for the psychotherapy
The American Psychotherapy Association is concerned with establishing Diplomate Status
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. Additionally the Association is committed to serve as a voice
for psychotherapists to the public, to managed care organizations and to the government as
it seeks a national health policy.
The purpose is to establish a cohesive national organization that credentials ethical,
highly-educated and well-trained psychotherapists. The APA is also a vehicle with which to
associate with one another with the common goal of maintaining a tradition which is of
great value to individuals and society as a whole.
The American Psychotherapy Association was formed because the psychotherapeutic process
has been devalued in recent years by insurance companies, the court system and other
professional membership associations. The association promotes psychotherapy and
psychotherapists committed to the practice of the profession. The APA encourages
individual professional growth and works to elevate professional standards.
The organization was developed to bring together psychotherapists from a variety of
disciplines to come together to provide a reliable, credible forum for ethical and
professional standards for psychotherapists. No such organization existed prior to the
formation of The American Psychotherapy Association.