EuroPsy For Consumers
1. Can EuroPsy help to find a psychologist?
Yes. The EuroPsy register has a search function that allows one to find a psychologist in a particular geographical area and field of practice / specialization.
2. How do I find a psychotherapist?
The EuroPsy Register includes psychologists who have a Certificate of Specialized Expertise in Psychotherapy. So, they are easy to find by the search function on the website of the Register
3. Are all European psychologists in the EuroPsy register?
No. The register only holds the names of those who have been certified to meet the EuroPsy standards.
4. Are psychotherapists also covered by EuroPsy?
EuroPsy covers only psychotherapists who are also fully qualified psychologists, that is, those with a double certificate: the general EuroPsy Certificate and a Certificate of Specialized Expertise in psychotherapy. Professionals offering their services as psychotherapists are not included.
5. Does EuroPsy also cover psychiatrists?
No. Psychiatrist is a different profession in the medical field.
6. What is the use of EuroPsy for consumers?
EuroPsy helps consumers to distinguish between the many providers of psychological and similar services. It does not include service providers with a lower education (e.g. Bachelor degree in psychology) and/or a different background (e.g. psychotherapists). It also does not include professionals with a Master degree in psychology who have not completed supervised practice or do not feel committed to clear ethical standards.
7. How does EuroPsy protect consumers?
EuroPsy gives consumers clear and easy-to-access information about qualified psychologists. It ensures that psychologists have the proper training and experience. It also guarantees that the psychologist will operate in accordance with the ethical code of the psychological profession.
8. Which are the ethical standards of EuroPsy?
EuroPsy requires psychologists to sign the so-called meta-code of EFPA, an overarching ethical code that applies to all European psychologists. It also requires psychologists to abide by the ethical code of the country in which they practice.
9. How do I file a complaint about a psychologist?
You can file a complaint with the national psychologists association (address to be found on the website).
10. Is any psychologist ever removed from the EuroPsy register?
This has not happened, yet. It will happen when the term of validity expires without EuroPsy being renewed, or when the psychologist has violated ethical rules.
11. What happens if a psychologist acts against the ethical code?
Any client can file a complaint with the national psychologists association (address to be found on the website). An ethical review committee will examine the case and hear both parties. The committee can pass several sanctions against the psychologist. In case of serious violation a notice will be placed in the EuroPsy Register, indicating that the psychologist no longer meets the EuroPsy standards, and the EuroPsy Certificate will lose its validity. In less serious cases the EuroPsy may be suspended for a certain amount of time.
12. Does EuroPsy also given information on the specialty of psychologists?
Yes it does. The EuroPsy Register and the EuroPsy Certificate spell out in which area of practice the psychologist has proven to be competent. The Register will also mention which psychologists have received a Certificate of Specialized Expertise in a particular domain.
13. Is it possible to consult a psychologist from another country?
Yes, the EuroPsy register helps to find a psychologist from another country. In some cases costs of psychological help may be covered under the national insurance scheme.
14. How does EuroPsy help to find a psychologist?
The EuroPsy register has a search function that allows finding a psychologist in a particular geographical area and field of practice / specialization.