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Psychotherapist

ANZSCO Code: 272314 / Group A

A psychotherapist diagnoses and treats mental and emotional problems using various methods like behavioural therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy, and other techniques.

Psychotherapist

Occupation Descriptions

A psychotherapist diagnoses and treats mental and emotional issues using methods like behavioural therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy, and other techniques.

Alternative Titles:

  • Art Psychotherapist or Therapist

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

The following occupations are assessed under ANZSCO 252299 Complementary Health Therapists nec:

  • Dance Therapist
  • Drama Therapist
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Music Therapist
  • Play Therapist

Other Counselling modalities are also not considered under the occupation of Psychotherapist:

  • Careers Counsellor
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Counsellors not elsewhere classified

Psychologists are advised to contact the Australian Psychological Society for assessment as a Psychologist for migration purposes.

Psychotherapist is a Group A Occupation

This occupation requires a qualification equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher in a field closely related to the nominated occupation.

Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant post-qualification work experience at the appropriate skill level within the last five years.

If the qualifications do not meet the required educational level, are not in a highly relevant field, or if the work experience was completed before obtaining the qualification, the applicant will be assessed as below the required skill level.

This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level qualifications.

A positive Skills Assessment Outcome requires a thorough evaluation of both qualifications and employment experience. To qualify, applicants must hold a degree equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher in a highly relevant field. If the degree is related but not highly relevant, an Australian Graduate Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy can still make the applicant eligible. This ensures that the candidate has the necessary theoretical and practical training for effective practice in psychotherapy.

Additionally, applicants must have at least one year of highly relevant post-qualification work experience at the appropriate skill level, completed within the last five years. This criterion guarantees that the applicant has recent, hands-on experience in their profession.

If qualifications are not at the required level or in a highly relevant field, or if work experience was gained before obtaining the qualification, the assessment will be deemed below the required skill level. Therefore, a positive evaluation of both qualifications and employment is essential for a successful Skills Assessment Outcome.

Group A

Those with a Bachelor’s degree that is in a related field, but not ‘highly relevant,’ and who also have an Australian Graduate Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy, can be accepted.

Relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week) 

Qualification and Employment Criteria

Qualification

AQF Bachelor or higher

Major Fields of Study

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy

The following areas of study may be considered highly relevant, provided these programs include both theoretical and practical training in Psychotherapy:

  • Counselling – Health Sciences
  • Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Psychology – Degrees in psychology can be accepted if they include sufficient theoretical and supervised practical components in psychotherapy and counselling
  • Clinical Psychology

Employment

Tasks include:

  • Collecting data about clients and assessing their cognitive, behavioural, and emotional disorders.
  • Developing, administering, and evaluating individual and group treatment programs.
  • Utilising a range of therapeutic interventions and interpersonal relationships to help people develop self-understanding and insight. Psychotherapists may use methods such as music, art, drama, and exercise during sessions, in addition to talking therapy.
  • Working in one-on-one sessions or guiding group therapy meetings.
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