Counselling in Greece is quite a new profession, if we consider that the formal body, named Greek
Association of Counselling was founded in 1994. The purpose of the organisation is the development and
recognition of Counselling as a profession in Greece. Things have been difficult. Training is offered mainly
through private centres, offering counselling training in different approaches, for example, client centered,
gestalt, integrated approach etc. Some of these training programs are accredited through universities from
abroad. In the public sector fewer opportunities are offered.
Counselling practice is offered by quite a number of private counsellors. The Association counts 145
Members. Most private schools offer counselling and career counselling to their students. Many private
companies have Human Resource Departments offering training and support to their employees. In the
public sector there are quite a number of agencies, mainly through hospitals, that offer counselling
Future sounds promising for Counselling in Greece: there is an attitude change regarding the easiness of
seeking professional help; more and more schools, companies, hospitals and other agencies offer
counselling services but most importantly, prevention through counselling is gaining ground.