Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Counsellors and Psychotherapists work with clients to benefit their mental health and wellbeing. They use a range of interventions including talking therapies as well as creative and experiential therapies (art, music, dance, eco and animal therapies) to build a positive therapeutic relationship which supports self-awareness and resolves identified concerns.

Where do counsellors and psychotherapists practise?

Counselling and psychotherapists practise as part of multidisciplinary teams, in schools, in crisis services, in telephone counselling providers, in courts, in hospitals and in private practice.

When should I see a counsellor or psychotherapist?

Counsellors and psychotherapists are helpful for people when they would like:

  • To gain a greater understanding of their situation
  • To process emotion and consider change
  • To consider new ways of doing things
  • To gain skills which aid difficult emotions
  • To appreciate the perspective of others
  • To think about their life holistically
  • To address issues such as discomfort, dissatisfaction, sleeplessness
  • To improve relationships with family or other people
  • To discuss spirituality and existential concerns

Anyone can see a counsellor or psychotherapist – you do not need a referral from a doctor.

What services do counsellors or psychotherapists provide?

Counselling and psychotherapists work with all age groups and in both individual and group settings. Many specialise in areas such as relationships, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression or use of alcohol and other substances. Counsellors and psychotherapists work confidentially and adhere to relevant regulations related to child protection.

How are counsellors or psychotherapists qualified?

Registered clinical counsellors and psychotherapists must have relevant tertiary qualifications (Bachelor or above level), plus 750 hours of clinical experience and adhere to PACFA’s Code of Ethics. In addition each year they must meet PACFA’s requirements for professional development and clinical supervision. Registered Clinical Psychotherapists also have appropriate advanced training in psychotherapeutic modalities.


Find a practitioner

For more information for members of the public including how to find a practitioner please visit the websites of our member organisations.