Psychotherapist Kaihaumanu Hinengaro

Psychotherapists help individuals, couples or groups identify, understand, and manage emotional and behavioural problems.

Psychotherapists need to be registered with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.

Psychotherapists may do some or all of the following:

  • assess their clients
  • help clients explore issues, including the effect of their early influences
  • help clients understand themselves and how to meet their needs and manage their emotions and behaviour
  • evaluate treatments
  • undergo their own therapy
  • supervise other psychotherapists
  • run workshops and courses.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for psychotherapists includes:

  • social work
  • community work or counselling
  • life experience
  • work helping or caring for people
  • research in related fields.

Personal Qualities

Psychotherapists need to be:

  • empathetic and concerned for the wellbeing of others
  • non-judgemental
  • able to keep information private
  • able to relate well to people
  • able to influence people. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for psychotherapists includes:

  • social work
  • community work or counselling
  • life experience
  • work helping or caring for people
  • research in related fields.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is usually required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, social studies and health education.

Psychotherapists can earn around $48K-$56K per year per year.

Psychotherapists may specialise in mental health, research, teaching, clinical work, and advisory and management roles.

Psychotherapists can also do postgraduate study in areas such as:

  • child and adolescent psychotherapy
  • group/family psychotherapy
  • clinical supervision.
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