La Psicoterapia en Malta

30 01 2013

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 FUENTE (source): Charles Cassar, Malta Representative to European Association for Psychotherapy


Like in many other European countries, Maltese psychotherapists have been fighting with the legislative bodies to have psychotherapy recognized as a profession independent of psychology and psychiatry. The Maltese Association of Psychotherapists (MAP) has been at the forefront of this battle; lobbying, meeting the relevant regulatory bodies and explaining what psychotherapy is. In 2003, psychotherapy was recognized as one of the professions complementary to medicine. This led to a clear definition of criteria which demarcated psychotherapy from other professions and defined it as an independent profession. A register was later set up where psychotherapists were asked to register, giving the profession more robustness and credibility.

Current issues now involve attempts to convince local government to create psychotherapy as a profession within its ranks. Though presently psychotherapy is recognised as a different profession from clinical psychology and psychiatry, the profession is not yet included in the government structures. Therefore at present there is no psychotherapy department, neither in the educational nor in the health care sectors. The psychotherapy grade and role does not exist and this leaves a vacuum. Many psychotherapists work with government bodies in a number of different roles, ranging from social workers, to nurses and teachers. Some do psychotherapy work under the offices of clinical psychologists and are classified as assistant psychologists with a speciality in psychotherapy.

Psychologists within the government battle and resist psychotherapists’ efforts to branch out independently, insisting that they can do psychotherapeutic interventions themselves. Many psychiatrists, on the other hand, are getting trained in psychotherapy theory.

A number of psychotherapists practice in private schools, NGO’s and/or have their own private practice. The latter however is most of the time carried on a part time or casual basis, as only few to date, have managed to create a steady and stable income for themselves on a full time basis.

The great majority of psychotherapists in Malta have been trained in Gestalt psychotherapy. This is due to the simple fact that the first school to provide such training was the Gestalt Psychotherapy Institute Malta (GPTIM) which was founded in 1993 by Dr. Lidija Pecotic. Ever since, over 100 psychotherapists have graduated, with some even specializing in supervision. Some other modalities exist in very small numbers like family therapists and psychoanalysts. The qualifying criteria to become a psychotherapist are in line with those of EAP. One has to possess a first degree in one of the Humanities and a post-graduate diploma in a psychotherapy modality obtained from a recognised school of psychotherapy. Apart from the theoretical component, personal therapy on an individual and group basis is required. The Maltese Qualifications Recognition and Information Centre (MQRIC) accredits diplomas presented and in case of psychotherapy studies, these have been classified as level 7. This is a Masters equivalent. Only after this approval can psychotherapists apply to be included in the aforementioned registry.

Charles Cassar,

Malta Representative to EAP.

Chair, National Umbrella Organisation Committee

Congreso Europeo de Psicoterapia 2012: programa final

2 07 2012

Programa Final (Salvo cambios imprevistos de última hora)

Del 4 al 7 de Julio de 2012, se celebrará en Valencia, auspiciado por la Federación Española de Asociaciones de Psicoterapeutas (FEAP) en colaboración con la European Asociation of Psychotherapy (EAP). El programa del mismo estará formado por:


Programa – Congreso 2012.

Competencias profesionales de los psicoterapeutas

19 09 2011

professional competencies of a European Psychotherapist

The Professional Competencies of a European Psychotherapist

Con el auspicio de la EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) se ha creado un grupo de trabajo para elaborar un documento que recoja las Competencias profesionales que tienen que cubrir los psicoterapeutas.

Link: The Professional Competencies of a European Psychotherapist: Home Page.

European Association for Gestalt Therapy

30 05 2011

European Association for Gestalt Therapy

La Asociación Europea de Terapia Gestalt (EAGT) fue fundada en 1985, con el objetivo de reunir en Europea a terapeutas Gestálticos, Institutos de Formación y las Asociaciones Nacionales. Su intención es la promoción de la terapia Gestalt en Europa, la combinación y el intercambio de conocimientos y recursos, promover un alto nivel profesional para La terapia Gestalt y fomento de la investigación.

En estos momentos la EAGT está formada por más de 600 miembros (institucionales e individuales) de más de 20 países  europeos.

La EAGT forma parte de la European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). 

Link:  EAGT European Association for Gestalt Therapy.

Informe sobre la acreditación de psicoterapeutas, FEAP-EAP

30 11 2010


Federación Española de Asociaciones de Psicoterapeutas


Informe presentado en la Asamblea General de la FEAP de 2010 sobre la acreditación de psicoterapeutas.


International Journal of Psychotherapy

5 11 2010


La European Association for Psychotherapy edita la revista: International Journal of Psychotherapy. Se publican tres números anuales.

web: International Journal of Psychotherapy

17 Congreso Europeo de Psicoterapia

26 05 2010

17th European Congress of Psychotherapy.- Crisis: change and challenge –

Entre los días 1-4 de julio de 2010, se celebrará en Bucarés el 17 Congreso Europeo de Psicoterapia.

Más información: EAP2010.