Cyprus

Summary

Counselling Associations

All Professional Bodies, National Associations (e.g. Mental Health, School, Guidance, Addiction, Faith-based etc.) and Accrediting Organisations.

The Pancyprian Association for Psychotherapists (PAP)

Cyprus Professional and Scientific Psychological Association (CYPSA)

Universities and Other Education and Training Institutes

Neapolis University 

Frederick University

University of Nicosia

Counselling Agencies, Services, Group Practices, Counselling Centres

Background & Context

There is no relevant information about the counselling profession in Cyprus that can be found online. As the field of psychology was not revealed in Cyprus until the early 1970s, the first person who studied psychology overseas returned and introduced psychology to the island of Cyprus (Adonis, 2007). The first psychologist in Cyprus specialized in other mental health professions and had received further education in the field of psychology (Adonis, 2007). The profession of psychology in Cyprus is relatively new as it is just exceeding half a century since the day it developed, which also showed that the field of counselling is still developing in the country, and thus not much information can be found. 

Current Regulatory Status / Level of Recognition:

There is no counselling association available in Cyprus, but they do have some psychologist associations active in the country. 

Practice Settings

Mostly known practice settings are as follow:

  • Hospitals
  • Private psychological centres
  • NGOs

Challenges & Trends

The number of psychologists are increasing steadily during the last decade, and even more psychologists are hired in the public sector as clinical and educational psychologists (Platrites  & Hadjithomas, 2010). There is also an increase in the number of psychologists who become private practitioners. At the same time, the institutionalization of psychology as a profession is facing many difficulties as the legislation was changing successively for up to fifteen years (Adonis, 2007). Challenges to the counselling profession in Cyprus include the following: there is a lack of undergraduate and graduate education opportunities in Cyprus. Most psychologists in Cyprus have studied abroad within a variety of different “school cultures,” which lead to them having very different approaches to psychology and its ethics and specialization, which can lead to confusion and debate about procedures in Cyprus (Adonis, 2007, para. 5). There are no internationally agreed-upon criteria for the licensing of practising psychologists (Adonis, 2007).

Additional Information & References

For a deeper exploration of the counselling profession in the country, interested readers are recommended to read the following journal & website articles:

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