The association was founded in 1980, and became an independent Association in 1990. In its conception it follows mainly the principles of Jungian psychology. Relaxation helps to open or to develop the way to the harmony of body, mind and soul with the reconstruction of the organism’s self-regulation system.
Symboltherapy is working with the emerging and the evoked pictures, images, symbols, body sensations, feelings, the way the person experiences them and discovers their consequences in his life, how he associates to them and these phenomenon’s transformation. We start our accredited training programs every semester.
Our Association has 7 departments in Hungary. There are 380 active members of the Association. The psychotherapy training given by the Association has been recognized by the Hungarian Council of Psychotherapists (HCP) and by the Psychotherapy Coordinating Trust made up of 4 university departments and the representative of HCP, and it has formed part of the Hungarian psychotherapy training system since its beginning.
The Hungarian Association of Relaxation and Symboltherapy has developed and accredited training programs for other professionals (i.e.: social workers, pedagogists, physiotherapists etc.) to study the use of relaxation techniques under the conditions of their profession (not for psychotherapy). However, these training programs are not part of the psychotherapy training.
The Association is a founding member of
the Forum of the Relaxation and Symboltherapy Associations of the Carpathian-basin (Kárpát-medencei Országok Relaxációs és Szimbólumterápiás Egyesületeinek Fóruma – KORSzEF)
in cooperation with Asociatia de Psihoterapie prin Relaxare şi Simboluri— APRS
and Inštitut Relaxačnej e Symbolickej Psychoterapie — IRSP).
We are also in cooperation with
- Société Française de Relaxation Psychothérapeutique (SFRP)
- the Italian Committee for the Study of Autogenic Training (ICSAT)
- the International Society of Autogenic Training And Psychotherapy (ISATAP)