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ANZSCO Code: 272314 / Group A

A psychotherapist provides diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders using psychotherapeutic methods such as behavioural therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy and other techniques.

Occupation description

A psychotherapist provides diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders using psychotherapeutic methods such as 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 which is assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher*, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.

If the qualification(s) are not at the required educational level, and not in a highly relevant field of study, or if the employment has been completed prior to the qualification, then the applicant will be assessed below the required skill level.

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

A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive Skills Assessment Outcome.


Group A

*Those with a Bachelor that is not 'highly relevant' but in a related field, and with a Australian Graduate Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy can be accepted. 

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

Qualification and Employment Criteria

AQF Bachelor or higher*

Major Fields of Study

• Counselling

• Psychotherapy

The following areas of study may be considered highly relevant; however, these programs must include 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 sufficient theoretical and supervised practical components in psychotherapy and counselling are completed

• Clinical Psychology


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 relationship to enable people to develop self-understanding and insight. Psychotherapists may use a range of methods on clients’ during sessions such as music, art, drama and exercise, but that would be in addition to the talking therapy.
  • working in one-on-one sessions or may guide group therapy meetings.

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