EEAET was founded in 2000 as an international non-profit organization uniting psychologists, psychotherapists and other persons form East European countries interested in existential- phenomenological psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. The Association is registered in Birstonas, Lithuania, following the laws of the Republic of Lithuania. In July 2003, EEAET became an organizational member of the European Associations of Psychotherapy (EAP).
The Association is headed by the President and the Board that are elected for three years by actual members of the Association, and also the Administration (the Secretary General, the Chief Financial Officer and the Secretary) appointed by the Board.At present (2015 – 2018) the acting Presindent of the EEAET is Ms Elita Kreislere (Latvia), secretary General Rimas Kočiūnas (Lithuania), Chief Financial Officer Leonas Judelevičius (Lithuania).
Main goals of the EEAET are:
- To organize theoretical and practical conferences, seminars, symposia devoted to the analysis of existential issues of human being.
- To promote scientific research in the field of existential-phenomenological psychology.
- To provide for developing of professional competence of members of the Association in the field of existential therapy.
- To organize and encourage cooperation of East European specialists in existential psychology and therapy by exchange of information and joint projects in research, training, etc..
- To promote publishing of literature in existential psychology and therapy.
In 2003–2007, EEAET was represented by the international journal „Existential Tradition: philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy“. Since 2008, the Association publishes a new journal „Existentia: psychology and psychotherapy“ (Editor-in-Chief Dace Purena).