SALM is an association of and for psychotherapists in Iceland. It was established on October 24, 2019. Membership is open to those who qualify.
SALM promotes professional growth and development among psychotherapists with a focus on legislative representation, education, networking opportunities, and promotional tools for individual practices. Our overarching aim is to make the benefits of psychotherapy available to as many people who need it as possible, as well as to acquaint as many people as possible with this extraordinary body of ideas. We believe that in pursuing this goal we can help change people’s lives for the better.
Psychotherapy is a comprehensive, conscious and organised treatment of psychosocial, psychosomatic, emotional, relational, and / or behavioural struggle, using scientific psychotherapeutic methods. Psychotherapy is a Humanistic approach that looks at the individual as a whole and emphasises concepts such as free will, belief in one's own ability, and Self-Actualization. Through interaction between one or more individuals and one or more psychotherapists, the aim is to help the client reach their personal goals. Psychotherapy requires both a general and specific training/education and utilise techniques from numerous evidence-based and empirically supported theoretical perspectives.
A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who is trained to treat people for their mental, emotional, and psychosocial struggles. Depending on their academic degree, a psychotherapist may work with individuals, couples, relationships, groups, and / or families.
In line with the European Association for Psychotherapists (EAP) Psychotherapy Act, Psychotherapy is an independent profession from psychology, psychiatry, and counselling. Psychotherapy is usually four-year postgraduate program at master’s level. There are different requirements between countries. All include a professional, highly specialised, theoretical and clinical training which includes research methodology and continuous professional development. The range of psychotherapeutic modalities is broad, and the profession is constantly evolving new developments in theory and clinical practice.
What is a Psychotherapist
Association of Psychotherapists in Iceland
Creating and upholding professional standards for the practice of psychotherapy in Iceland.
What to expect in therapy
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In the first session, your psychotherapist and you will work to build a therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy is a conversation between two groups: the client(s) and the psychotherapist. Sometimes people have a lot to say and start talking right away. Other people find it challenging to speak. The psychotherapist is there to guide you, if needed. The conversation might be a verbal discussion, or it could incorporate creative intervention or an evidence-base process. The psychotherapist might introduce you to a theory that guides their practice. They might give voice to confidentiality.
In getting to know you and the struggle or exploration that brought you into treatment, the psychotherapist may use a formal, structured interview, or it may just feel like a more free-flowing conversation. A big part of successful therapy is feeling comfortable with your therapist, which may come over time. However, if after a few meetings, you’re just not clicking, you do have the choice to seek out another therapist.
If there is a lot of energy around the work, you may meet once a week or once every other week. First session goals: define struggle or exploration, build trust and safety, discuss process, begin setting therapeutic goals and expectations. You should feel safe, accepted, respected, and relatively comfortable. Sessions run approximately 45 to 70 minutes depending on the goal.
Additionally, some psychotherapists may or may not give you “homework” to explore before your next session. This could be anything from journaling throughout the week to doing a little reading that may help provide context for your next session, maybe watch a video.
SALM is officially an organisation.