The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia is a
leading national peak body and professional association for counsellors
and psychotherapists in Australia. Our mission is to represent the
profession to communities and government, and to develop the
evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.
PACFA promotes the development and practice of counselling and
psychotherapy and respects and supports the diversity of approaches
within the field. We provide a united forum for practitioners and for
counselling and psychotherapy associations, to foster professional
identity, support training and research, and ensure public
accountability. PACFA provides support to members through their branches, colleges and interest groups.
PACFA provides self-regulation functions for the counselling and
psychotherapy profession. Practising members of PACFA and of PACFA
Member Associations are listed on PACFA’s National Register. PACFA
Registrants have demonstrated an approved level of training, experience
and competence and comply with PACFA’s ethical standards. The Register
is accessible via the PACFA website to members of the public looking for
a counsellor or psychotherapist and to other professionals wishing to
For further details see the PACFA Mission and Values page.