Professional Practice

Promoting the practice of psychotherapy and the needs of practitioners.


The purpose of the Professional Practice Domain, along with the Professional Practice Committee, is to facilitate awareness of relevant psychotherapy issues to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy members. The domain seeks to promote awareness of, as well as provide access to, new and relevant theoretical understandings, therapeutic methodologies, and research evidence. The domain also provides high quality and state-of-the-art Continuing Education programs and presentations at the APA Annual Convention to enhance training and education for professionals as well as the public community.

  • Those interested in becoming more involved with the Professional Practice domain can do so in a myriad of ways. Members may wish to submit original articles (i.e., “thought pieces” or other short articles) to the Psychotherapy Bulletin, Psychotherapy journal, or the website as a Special Feature.
  • The domain also encourages presentation and symposia submissions to the Division’s conference program at the annual APA Convention.
  • Lastly, the Professional Practice Committee invites students, early career psychologists, and long-standing members to join if they are interested in promoting the practice of psychotherapy. Informal conference calls are held on a bimonthly basis. If you are interested in becoming involved or learning more about the Professional Practice Domain, please contact Barbara Thompson at [email protected].
Professional Practice Domain Representative to the Board of Directors

Barbara J. Thompson, Ph.D.


Barbara J. Thompson, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist with over 20 years experience treating clients and training/supervising therapists, and directing mental health clinics. She is currently in private practice, treating primarily adults and couples, as well as providing supervision and consulting.

She is passionate about psychotherapy: helping clients to heal and reach their potential, conducting research on psychotherapy process to inform practice and training, and training students to become effective counselors and therapists. She currently teaches graduate level courses in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles and Lehigh University. She is a member of the Editorial Board for Psychotherapy Research.

From the Professional Practice Domain