Philosophy of NZAP

Psychotherapy is a body of knowledge, skills and attitudes based on theory, observation and understanding which is evidence-based and of proven efficacy. At its core is a recognition of the importance of conscious and unconscious psychological processes. Psychotherapy is a mode of treatment for pain and psychological distress. The modality primarily uses verbal communication and the relationship between therapist and client(s) to further the healing process. Beyond the bounds of the consulting room, psychotherapy offers the potential for transformative change in individuals and in society.

The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists / Te Rōpū Whakaora Hinengaro (NZAP) recognises psychotherapy as an independent discipline within the field of psychological treatments in Aotearoa/New Zealand. NZAP is an association of appropriately qualified clinicians who recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship as an integral part of the healing process. The Association is inclusive of many modalities within the psychotherapeutic field and has well-established standards with processes for membership, professional development and for recertification.

NZAP promotes the recognition of all the peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand. In particular it recognises the partnership, through Te Tiriti of Waitangi, of the two main cultures of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the importance of Maori as tangata whenua. The Association endeavours to enhance the quality of life of individuals, the community and the profession through the reflective and relational conversation of psychotherapists.

NZAP stands for excellence in the practice of psychotherapy: for high standards and ethics. In its practice in the world, the Association models care.

NZAP serves to lead, not constrain, its membership; full and active participation is encouraged.

Core values for psychotherapy and for NZAP include:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Beneficence
  • Justice
  • Honouring of Te Tiriti of Waitangi and the Treaty partners
  • Trust
  • Inclusivity