Psychotherapists

Exercising the profession of psychotherapist in Luxembourg requires a licence issued by the Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé).

To obtain such a licence, candidates must satisfy the profession's qualification, ethics, good-repute, and physical and mental health requirements.

Who is concerned

Psychotherapists who wish to work in Luxembourg must be nationals of:

  • an EU Member State; or
  • a State of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway), or Switzerland; or
  • a third country, and:
Persons who have been temporarily or permanently disqualified from practising in the country in which they last exercised their profession are not permitted to practise in Luxembourg either. The same applies if disqualification proceedings are pending.

Prerequisites

The applicant must:

  • for basic training, have completed:
    • either a Master's degree in clinical psychology, or a diploma in psychology that is recognised as equivalent by the Luxembourg Minister of Health, following an assessment by the Scientific Council for Psychotherapy (Conseil scientifique de psychothérapie); or
    • basic medical training;
  • for training in psychotherapy, hold a diploma, certificate or other qualification in psychotherapy issued in Luxembourg or abroad;
  • satisfy the ethics, good-repute and physical and mental health requirements applicable to psychotherapists;
  • possess the language skills that are necessary for them to practise in Luxembourg.

Preliminary steps

Qualification in psychology

The diploma in psychology must be registered beforehand in the register of certificates maintained by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche).

Basic medical qualification

If the basic medical qualification was obtained in an EU Member State, recognition of the diploma need not be applied for.

If the diploma was obtained in a third country, the holder of the diploma must first apply for recognition of the diploma in another EU Member State. Such recognition must entitle the holder to practise in the Member State in question:

Qualification in psychotherapy

If the diploma was not obtained in Luxembourg, the professional must apply for recognition of the diploma. The application must be sent to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche – MESR).

Required language skills

The psychotherapist must possess the language skills that are necessary for them to exercise their profession in Luxembourg.

If the psychotherapist's mother tongue is not French, German or Luxembourgish, proof of their language skills must be provided in order to be authorised to practise.

The minimum level of language proficiency required in French or German is Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The level can be proven by any means such as:

  • a copy of the training certificates obtained in one of these 2 languages;
  • proof of professional experience in a French- or German-speaking country.

Psychotherapists who cannot provide such proof as listed above must provide a level B2 language proficiency certificate issued by an approved examination centre.

In Luxembourg, the approved examination centre is the National Institute for Languages (Institut national des langues - INL).

Costs

Applications for the licence to practise carry a fee of EUR 75.

When applications are made online through MyGuichet.lu, the fee must be paid online.

For applications submitted by post, the fee must be paid to the following bank account:

IBAN: LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000
BIC
: CCPLLULL
Name of the beneficiary
: Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA
Reference
: AUTOPROFSANTE + the professional's name

Note: fees will not be reimbursed if the Ministry of Health refuses to grant the licence to practise, or if the applicant withdraws their application.

How to proceed

Applying for the licence to practise

Applicants can apply for the licence to practise online through MyGuichet.lu.

The application procedure can be accessed:

  • with authentication, using a LuxTrust product or an electronic ID (eID) card; or
  • without authentication.

The procedure with authentication has several advantages compared to the procedure without authentication. For instance, with authentication, the data that the user enters can be saved temporarily so that it is available to the user at a later stage.

Once the application has been submitted, all subsequent messages and notifications concerning changes in the processing status of the application will be sent to the applicant by email.

Applications may also be submitted by post by sending the relevant form and required supporting documents (see below) to the following address:

Ministère de la Santé
1, rue Charles Darwin
L-1433 LUXEMBOURG

The 'licence to practise' application form can be downloaded from the 'Forms / Online services' section (see below).

Supporting documents

Applicants must include the following supporting documents with their application:

  • if the applicant is a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) state: a copy of a valid identity document; or
  • if the applicant is not a national of an EEA state:
    • a copy of a valid residence permit; or
    • a document attesting that they have been granted international protection;
  • a copy of their basic qualification;
  • where applicable, proof of registration of the basic qualification in the register of certificates;
  • a copy of the diploma, certificate or other qualification in psychotherapy, issued in Luxembourg or abroad;
  • where applicable, a copy of the certificate attesting to the recognition of the foreign diploma in psychotherapy by the MESR;
  • an extract from their criminal record issued by their country of residence less than 3 months prior to the application date;
  • a certificate of good mental and physical health issued by a licensed doctor (less than 3 months prior to the application);
  • proof of payment of the EUR 75 fee;
  • if the applicant is a doctor: a certificate of good character issued by the Order of Physicians (Ordre des médecins) dated less than 3 months prior to the application;
  • if the applicant's mother tongue is not French, German or Luxembourgish, proof of their language skills.

Translations of documents

All documents that are not drawn up in French, German or Luxembourgish must be accompanied by their French, German or Luxembourgish translation produced by a sworn/certified translator.

Processing the application

When the application is complete, the Ministry of Health will forward it to the Medical Board (Collège médical) for assessment.

The Medical Board can take between 3 weeks and 3 months to issue their assessment.

After the application for the licence to practise (or the application for renewal) has been examined, the decision is sent to the applicant by post.

To speed up the processing of their application, applicants should ensure that their application contains all the required information and supporting documents.

Lapsing of the licence

The licence to practise will lapse if the psychotherapist:

  • does not start practising their profession in Luxembourg within 2 years of the issuance of the licence;
  • has ceased their professional activity in Luxembourg for more than 2 years.

Lapsed licences to practice can be renewed upon request.

Applying to renew the licence to practise

The licence renewal application procedure is the same as the initial licence application procedure.

Renewal applications can be filed online through MyGuichet.lu, or by post using the relevant forms (see the 'Forms / Online services' section).

The licence renewal application must be accompanied by the following supporting documents, along with their translations where applicable (see above):

  • if the applicant is a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) state: a copy of a valid identity document; or
  • if the applicant is not a national of an EEA state:
    • a copy of a valid residence permit; or
    • a document attesting that they have been granted international protection;
  • an extract from their criminal record issued by their country of residence less than 3 months prior to the application date;
  • a certificate of good mental and physical health issued by a licensed doctor (less than 3 months prior to the application);
  • if the applicant is a doctor: a certificate of good character issued by the Order of Physicians dated less than 3 months prior to the application;
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae.

Possibilities of appeal in the event of refusal

If the application is refused, the applicant may appeal the decision. The appeal must be filed with the administrative tribunal within 1 month of being notified of the decision.

Obligations

Register of psychotherapists

As a reminder, the contact details of all psychotherapists are listed in 2 registers:

  • the professional register maintained by the Ministry of Health;
  • the register maintained by the Medical Board.

The psychotherapist must have their information added to the registers within one month of starting their practice.

Additionally, psychotherapists are required to update their information in these registers if their situation changes (address of their practice, email address, phone number, etc.).

Information

As soon as they start their practice, psychotherapists should apprise themselves of the public-health and social legislation applicable in Luxembourg, as well as the applicable code of ethics.

Liability insurance

Psychotherapists who practise in Luxembourg must have liability insurance covering professional risks.

Use of the title

Persons who are licensed to practise may use the title 'psychotherapist'.

Sanctions

The psychotherapist's disciplinary, civil and criminal liability may be incurred if, owing to insufficient language skills, they make a mistake in the performance of their duties.

Psychotherapists who fail to fulfil their professional obligations may face disciplinary sanctions and may even be prohibited from practising the profession.

Psychotherapists run the risk of being fined or imprisoned (in the event of repeated violations) in the case of:

  • illegal use of the title 'psychotherapist';
  • incitement to illegal practice of psychotherapy;
  • illegal practice of psychotherapy;
  • illegal practice of psychotherapy and misuse of protected title.

Requesting duplicates

A copy of the licence to practise can be obtained for a fee of EUR 10. Applications for duplicate copies must be sent by post or email to the Ministry of Health, and must include:

  • proof of payment of the EUR 10 fee; and
  • a copy of an identity document.

The fee must be paid by wire transfer to the following account:

IBAN: LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000
BIC
: CCPLLULL
Name of the beneficiary
: Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA
Reference
: DUPLICATA + the professional's name

Forms / Online services

Demande d'autorisation d'exercer dans le domaine de la santé (nouvelle demande et renouvellement)

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Demande d'autorisation d'exercer - psychothérapeute

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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