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European Association for Counselling

About European Association for Counselling

We believe every counsellor in Europe deserves the highest standard of training and support throughout their career for the benefit of the profession and the public they serve..

Who are the European Association for Counselling (EAC)?

Mission Statement

  1. European Association for Counselling is the driving force for counselling in Europe, by promoting and maintaining the highest quality of professional and ethical practice, education and ongoing professional development.
  2. The EAC values the mutual exchange of knowledge across borders and the synergistic learning that arises from this dialogue and its contribution to the mental health and well-being of all Europeans.
  3. Underlying EACs mission is a core belief in the humanitarian benefits derived from counselling. Counselling plays a pivotal role in promoting human development.
  4. The counselling profession encourages individuals to embrace change, and to build fuller, more rewarding lives.
  5. Through the advancement of counselling practice, the EAC seeks to promote the social, emotional and mental well-being of individuals throughout Europe.
  6. As the voice, representing the many voices, for the Profession of Counselling in Europe, we strengthen our authority to remain the leading association for counselling in Europe.
  7. We strive to increase awareness about the role of the profession within the European Community in all healthcare, educational and industry sectors

The EAC Objective

The fundamental European Counselling goal is to work with partner Associations/Organisations throughout Europe to further the development of Counselling as a profession in every European Country. The executive committee invites counselling associations and counselling training organisations to open discussions to help further this project, full details of membership can be found at Membership.

The EAC Task

With so many disparate European Counselling associations and organisations together with the complexity of the regulations of each country this appears to be an enormous project, as official recognition must be the foundation for the Association to progress.

However, it is felt that by forming these partnerships and putting aside local and national challenges we can work together for the common good for both Counselling and the client.

The basis of these discussions is to set up a common level of European Counselling training and expertise throughout Europe in the knowledge that many countries have training courses which are advanced and of a high quality. There are also countries in Europe where associations and organisations seek to join with a European Association to receive guidance and structure in an effort to raise the profile of Counsellors in their own country.

The Association has a newly structured Professional Training Standards and Accreditation Committee who are continuing the work of earlier committees, the members are drawn from Germany; Greece; Malta; Serbia: Ireland and the U.K.

The European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation

The criteria set for the award of the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation have been agreed by the founding countries of the European Counselling Association. The levels of expertise and training required to reach the award level can be achieved by any counselling Association/Organisation in Europe. The members who achieve the award can display the certificate to show their clients that they have attained a high level of expertise and training, which is for the good of all clients. Attainment of the award allows a member to insert their business details in the on-line Accredited Member Register which is featured through the ‘Find an EAC Accredited Counsellor’ page.

What if my country has no National Association/Organisation?

Where a country does not have a Counselling Association, the Executive can work with Counselling Bodies and to help them to form a National Association which can be recognised by all counsellors in that country. Further information can be found HERE.

The European Association for Counselling keep in touch with partner Associations/Organisations by regular meetings and with their members through this website and through the General Assembly meetings with regular conferences; workshops and online communication

The conferences and workshops are open to all counsellors and anyone interested in counselling in addition to our members. They are made up of influential keynote speakers and workshops delivered by leaders from all across Europe and beyond in many cases. They are always inspiring and challenging with a good mixture of networking opportunities.

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23 thoughts on “About European Association for Counselling

    1. webmaster Post author

      Hello Trina,
      You can download the booklet at hope this helps many thanks for your enquiry. If we can help further please contact us at

  1. Pat

    Dear Webmaster,

    I am looking at becoming a counsellor, however my situation is not simple: I am Dutch, living in Italy (but not speaking italian yet), moving around the world ever 4 or 5 years as I am following my husband in his missions, and the day I stop moving around, I would probably live 6 months per year on the French / Swiss border (near Geneva) were I grew up and have worked in the past or in South Africa. As I don’t speak Italian, I am planning to train in the UK (travelling back and forth) but I am not even sure I would get BAPC registration after completing all the requirements, as I do not live in the UK. If I completed the BACP requirements without becoming accredited because living in Italy,, could I still apply for EAC accreditation? Alternatively I could try to find a training in France but I don’t think there is a french counseling association except for the career counselling field, in which I am not interested in. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    1. webmaster Post author

      Hello Pat

      Thank you for you enquiry yes you will have a number of issues until you settle down. Perhaps this website could provide some answers for you:- it is a very comprehensive site. You may also like to contact Mirko Bianchi at he is our representative at ANSCo our Swiss Association. Mirko is based in Lugano. ANSCo may be able to offer the advice you require. BACP show 4 Counsellors registered in Italy two of who are accredited with BACP, as they are accredited with the BACP they can also be accredited through the EAC.

      I wish you success in your efforts if you feel we can help further please let us know.


      1. Pat

        Dear Webmaster,

        Thank you so much for your prompt response which I only see now! I think my best option at the moment is to become accredited by BACP in the UK and then apply for EAC. Would you know of any BACP accredited counselling supervisor in Italy, as I obviously would have problems doing my supervision in the UK (which would increase travelling costs tremendously). Thanks again! Pat

        1. webmaster Post author

          Hi Pat
          Sorry you would need to contact BACP for that information we cannot speak on their behalf. Perhaps an email to would be the first step.
          Wishing you success


  2. Sylvestine Gbessagee

    I am the lead counselor for a university here in Liberia and will like to be a part of the organization secondly we will like to be accredited. Like the former counselor stated there is no such body in my country or region. Please help.

    1. webmaster Post author

      Dear Sylvestine

      Many thanks for your enquiry I have passed your message over to our administration and they will contact you.
      take care

    1. eacweb Post author

      Thank you, Elliot for your kind endorsement we do try 🙂

      Which Authority endorses or accredits your courses which look very thorough, comprehensive and well presented?

  3. Joy Osazuwa

    Good day,
    I am a Nigerian and president of an NGO dedicated to the rehabilitation of abused and abandoned teenage girls through counselling, a member of the counselling Association of Nigeria, I will love to be a member of EAC, however, we do no not have a recognized EAC body here in Nigeria. How can I start a body here to assist us build a relationship with EAC
    Warm regards
    Joy Osazuwa

    1. eacweb Post author

      Joy it is good to hear from you and the great work you are involved in. I am passing your details over to our administration who will contact you. Perhaps you would like to write an article for the website telling us about the work you do in Nigeria I am convinced it will be of interest to not just our members but also the many visitors who come to this site every day. You can contact me at and I will be pleased to help all I can



  4. Jenni Valle

    my name is Jenni, I am an Italian girl who got admitted for a MA Counselling degree program in USA. I know this program is going to give me the CACREP accreditation.
    Since my intention is that one of coming back to Europe after my studies, I am wondering what kind of value CACREP has here and If I can also obtain the EAC in order to be able to build my career being recognized by the Europian standards.
    Best regards
    Jenni Valle

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Jenni Your best idea for getting accredited in Italy when you come back is to join an Italian Association for Counselling. The representatives in Italy for the EAC is Federcounselling. You can contact them through Chiara Veneri Italian Web Site:-

  5. Ibolya Kissne Szekeres

    Dear Colleague,
    I am a Hungarian who is a registered member of BACP with an accredited course MSc in counselling psychology, working towards my accreditation. So far I have completed about 280 supervised counselling hours in England. I am going back to my country where there is no a recognised national counselling organisation by EAC.
    My question is how I can be accredited, working as a counsellor in my country and who can supervise me?

    1. eacweb Post author

      Good morning

      Your enquiry has been passed to the administration who will contact you direct



    2. Ildiko Davis

      Hello, I am also a Hungarian, who qualified and practised in the UK as a Counsellor and am a registered BACP member. I have been back to Hungary since last year and would be interested to know if there is any kind of professional framework for Counsellors to work in Hungary. I could only find acknowledgement for Psychotherapy as a profession, but in Hungary that seems to require a prior medical training. Would you please let me know any possible route towards practising in Hungary as a Counsellor? I would be also happy to network with other Hungarian Counsellors in a similar situation, so that we can support each other. My email is .

      1. webmaster Post author

        Hello Ildiko

        Please be patient I have contacted the Hungarian Counselling Association and as soon as I get some information I will email you their response.


  6. counslling

    Today i read about European Association promotes the counselling profession and its contribution to the mental health and well-being of all Europeans.i gives a great knowledge about menatal health

    1. eacweb Post author

      Dear Angela

      Associating with the European Association as a member is stating to the EU that you are dedicated to offering and ethical and professional service to your clients. If you are attached to one of thre EAC accredited member organisations you could also qualify for the European Certificate of Counsellor Accreditation. Perhaps you would like to visit our member page and sign up as an ordinary member of the EAC let me know if we can help.


  7. Robin Saunders

    I am an Australian Registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and currently working in Geneva, Switzerland. I would like to become an accredited member of the EAC, however, I am unsure if Australia, being outside of Europe, is recognised as a National Association by EAC? Can you please advise what is my best approach to becoming a member and an accredited member of EAC.
    Kind regards,

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