Psychotherapy is a healing profession dealing with mental illnesses. Psychotherapeutic practice is subject to the Austrian Psychotherapy Law. Up to date, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health has recognized 22 schools for psychotherapy that were evaluated against strict scientific criteria. One of these schools, the one I specialised in, is transaction analysis. Once somebody has met all criteria for working as an independent psychotherapeutic professional, she or he is included in the list of Austrian psychotherapists kept with the Austrian Ministry of Health.
The psychotherapeutic practice is subject to strict quality criteria and ethical standards which are evaluated continuously. This includes criteria regarding continuous education and supervision, for instance. You can find further information on www.stlp.at/weiteredownloads under the topic „PatientInneninformation Psychotherapeutische Behandlung“.