Malaysian Psychotherapy Association (MPA) or the Persatuan Psikoterapi Malaysia is a professional body for practicing psychotherapists. The Malaysian Association for Psychotherapy was founded in 2002 (Malaysian Registrar of Society Approval Number 1741).
Practitioner members of MAP are professionally certified to practice as psychotherapists with the Annual Practicing License issued by MAP under the General Category or under one of the Board-Certified Specialised Practice Membership listed in the Board-Certified Membership list.
MAP is a registered member of the Federation of Complementary & Natural Medical Associations, Malaysia (FCNMAM), appointed by Traditional and Complementary Medicine Council, Ministry of Health Malaysia as one of the designated practitioner body under the Complementary Medicine Act.
Psychotherapy has been internationally recognised as a form of therapeutic treatment that helps an individual adult, child couple, families or other organisational groups to resolve the psychological issues, symptoms or diseases on the long term basis because it addresses the underlying and emotional cause/s of the issues, symptom/s or disease/s.
Psychotherapy has a long history behind it, from the time of the father of Psychotherapy, Dr. Sigmund Freud to the present time. It’s claim to respectability within the medical and scientific community has also been well established with the advent of rigorous modern therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy; psychodynamic therapy; EMDR; Hypnotherapy; Expressive Therapy such as Art & Music Therapy; schema therapy and many others. These therapies have generated a wealth of research to substantiate the efficacy of the therapies.
Psychotherapy today is used not only for treating illnesses but also for prevention of mental illnesses and stress, as well as for emotional and personal growth and well being.
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