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

Specialisations: Art Psychotherapist or Therapist.

You usually need a bachelor degree in psychotherapy to work as a Psychotherapist.

Tasks

  • Collects data about clients and assesses their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders.
  • Administers and interprets diagnostic tests and formulates plans for treatment.
  • Develops, administers and evaluates individual and group treatment programs.
  • Consults with other professionals on details of cases and treatment plans.

All Psychologists and Psychotherapists

  • $1,857 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Psychotherapists

  • 2,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 35% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 81% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Psychotherapists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Psychotherapists work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (35%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 81% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance89.1
Education and Training5.6
Public Administration and Safety2.8
Other Services0.9
Other Industries1.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePsychotherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW34.531.6
VIC35.725.6
QLD11.220.0
SA5.77.0
WA8.610.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPsychotherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-246.2-9.39.3
25-3416.6-22.922.9
35-4416.9-22.022.0
45-5422.3-21.621.6
55-5912.3-9.09.0
60-6411.6-6.06.0
65 and Over13.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPsychotherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate59.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree29.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.9-21.121.1
Year 123.1-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in psychotherapy to work as a Psychotherapist.

Membership with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia or the Australian Counselling Association may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

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Employers look for Psychologists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and counselling

    96% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  2. Psychology

    92% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and personal service

    80% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Education and training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Fine arts

    69% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    93% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1125.01 - Art Therapists.

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