Provides diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders using psychotherapeutic methods such as behavioural therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy and other techniques.
Skill Level 1
Art Psychotherapist or Therapist
Occupations not considered by VETASSESS under this ANZSCO code:
The following occupations are assessed under ANZSCO 252299 Complementary Health
Other Counselling modalities are also not considered under the occupation of Psychotherapist:
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Family and Marriage Counsellor
Counsellors not elsewhere classified
Psychologists are advised to contact the Australian Psychological Society for assessment
as a Psychologist for migration purposes.
Caveats No caveats
Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations
2513-79 Counsellors nec
Group: 2723 Psychologists
Requirements for VETASSESS Skills Assessment
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 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.
AQF Bachelor or higher*
Applicants must hold a highly relevant qualification.
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)
Psychology – Degrees in psychology can be accepted if sufficient
theoretical and supervised practical components in
psychotherapy and counselling are completed
Mental Health Science may also be considered on a case-by-case basis if sufficient
theoretical and supervised practical components in psychotherapy and counselling
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
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing may be required.