Psychotherapist Kaihaumanu Hinengaro
Psychotherapists provide talk therapy to help people manage and improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Psychotherapists need to be registered with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.
- Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand website - information on psychotherapist registration
Psychotherapists may do some or all of the following:
- assess clients' mental health and emotional wellbeing
- develop personalised treatment plans for clients
- provide individual or group therapy treatment sessions
- help clients address the effects of childhood influences and past trauma
- help clients understand and control their emotions and behaviour
- monitor client responses to treatment and write reports
- maintain client files.
Useful experience for psychotherapists includes:
- social work
- community work or counselling
- life experience
- work helping or caring for people
- research in related fields.
Psychotherapists need to be:
- empathetic and concerned for the wellbeing of others
- able to keep information private
- able to relate well to people
- able to influence people.
Psychotherapists need to have knowledge of:
- psychotherapeutic and psychological theory and treatment methods
- social and cultural issues that may affect clients
- analysing and assessing human psychology and behaviour
- current research and research methods.
- usually work regular business hours, but may work evenings or weekends and be on-call
- work in private practices, non-profit agencies, voluntary organisations and public hospitals
- may work in emotionally draining and stressful circumstances
- may travel to visit clients or attend workshops and conferences.
A tertiary entrance qualification is usually required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, social studies and health education.
Psychotherapists may progress to academic research, teaching, clinical, advisory or management roles.
Psychotherapists can also specialise in areas such as:
- child and adolescent psychotherapy
- group/family psychotherapy
- clinical supervision.
Years Of Training3-5 years of training usually required.
To become a psychotherapist you need to:
- have a qualification, or a qualification and work experience, that meets the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand's registration criteria
- be registered with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.