WAPCEPC Chapters

PCE Europe


The Network of European Associations for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling was founded in 1998 and became a European chapter of the WAPCEPC in July 2009. The Chapter retains its name but is commonly referred to as PCE Europe.

The following European PCE associations are members of the European Chapter:
• Association Française de Psychothérapie dans l'Approche Centrée sur la Personne (AFP-ACP), France
• Association Francophone de Psychothérapie Centrée-sur-la-Personne et Expérientielle (AFPC), Belgium
• Association Portuguesa de Psicoterapia Centrada na Pessoa de Counselling (APPCPC), Portugal
• British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA), UK
• Forum Personzentrierte Praxis, Ausbildung und Forschung (Forum/APG), Austria
• Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Gesprächspsychotherapie (GwG), Germany
• Hellenic Focusing Center, Greece
• Hungarian Association for Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (HAPCPC), Hungary
• Institute of Counselling & Psychological Studies (ICPS), Greece
• Institute for Person-Centered Studies (IPS of APG), Austria
• Österreichische Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche klientenzentrierte Psychotherapie und personorientierte Gesprächsführung (ÖGwG), Austria
• Person Centered Approach Institute Praha (PCA Czechia), Czechia
• Person-Centred Approach Institute - France (PCAIF), France
• Person-Centred Therapy Scotland (PCT Scotland), UK
• Pre-Therapy International Network,
• Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Personzentrierte Psychotherapie und Beratung (PCA-ACP), Switzerland
• Vereniging voor Cliëntgerichte Psychotherapie (VCgP), The Netherlands
• Vlaamse Vereniging voor Cliëntgerichte - Experiëntiële Psychotherapie en Counseling (VVCEPC), Belgium

The aim of the Network as a Chapter is to provide a forum for the European associations for person-centred and experiential psychotherapy and counselling that are members in WAPCEPC.
PCE Europe has the following goals:
• to further co-operation and exchange between person-centred associations and institutions in Europe, especially in the field of psychotherapy and counselling;
• to facilitate the building of a PCE identity and the sense of belonging to the PCE paradigm within Europe
• to support/facilitate European person-centred associations, institutions and individuals in their work;
• to have a commitment to support and organise European PCE conferences, workshops, events;
• to work together with the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), the European Association for Counselling (EAC) and other key associations;
• to address specific European socio-political concerns and ensure the contribution of the paradigm in them;
• to establish a European Certificate for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling in order to ensure that PCE psychotherapists and counsellors are trained according to its standards and to aid their mobility within Europe;

PCE Europe invites into its membership existing national person-/client-centred and experiential organisations, training institutes and other institutions in Europe which
• are organisational members in WAPCEPC,
• adhere to its principles and its goals
• are committed to clearly defined ethical standards,
• have a commitment to psychotherapy and counselling training and/or further training according to state of the art person-centred training standards and (if these exist) national psychotherapy and/or counselling training standards.


Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand Chapter


Person-centred therapy has a low profile in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. While Rogerian theory has had a broad and significant influence on therapeutic practice, psychotherapists and counsellors have generally not been inclined to adopt the labels "person-centred" or "client-centred" when describing their practice in professional directories. Psychotherapists and counsellors who do comfortably adopt this designation have had no access to a local professional association with this specific orientation.

Australian members of the WAPCEPC attending the Norwich conference in 2008 decided to seek the formation of an AANZ chapter of the Association. After developmental follow- up the new chapter formally came into effect on January 15, 2010.

Aims and Goals

The chapter aims to be inclusive of all person-centred and experiential approaches that draw from or have historical links to developments in thought and practice pioneered by Carl Rogers

The specific aims of the Chapter are:

• To provide a local forum for person-centred and experiential psychotherapists, counsellors, educators and researchers who are members of WAPCEPC.
• To encourage those who practice, teach or inquire within a person-centred framework to become members of the WAPCEPC.
• To facilitate building a PCE identity and sense of affiliated belonging to the PCE movement within Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand, and to support and promote PCE conferences, workshops and events.
• To raise the profile of PCE within therapeutic and related fields in Australasia.


Chapter executive

Chair: Godfrey Barrett-Lennard
Secretary: Melissa Harte
Committee: Fiona Hall
Stan Korosi
Tricia McCann
Bernie Neville
Keith Tudor

Foundation Membership

Godfrey Barrett-Lennard (Perth)
Paul Cullen (Melbourne)
Peter Dyke (Adelaide)
Maria J Garda (Melbourne)
Fiona Hall (Canberra)
Melissa Harte (Melbourne)
Peter Howie (Brisbane) (representing Moreno Collegium for Human-Centered Learning, Research and Development)
Stan Korosi (Melbourne)
Charlene Martelli (Christchurch)
Tricia McCann (Melbourne)
Lawrie Moloney (Melbourne)
Bernie Neville (Melbourne)
Corinne Reid (Perth)
Philip Riley (Melbourne)
Brendan Schmidt (Bruny Island)
Keith Tudor (Auckland)
George Wills (Melbourne)

Organizational member

Caladenia Counselling - Murdoch University (Perth)