HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 36 no. 1 (2003)

A Survey on the Practice and Status of Psychotherapy in the Philippines

Lota A. Teh

Discipline: Psychology



To find out what the practice of psychotherapy is like in the country, forty-eight practicing psychotherapists were interviewed using a 24-item interview schedule. The main findings of the survey are the following: (a) the most common problems encountered by the respondents were school-related problems of children and adolescents, marital, and family problems; (b) almost all the respondents use the eclectic approach; (c) most of them use a sliding scale in charging their clients; (d) although there was agreement that psychotherapy is a good career option, the respondents also pointed out the areas that need improvement; and (e) they were almost unanimous in expressing the need to professionalize the practice of psychotherapy. The implications of these results in terms of the training and regulation of psychotherapists were discussed.