IKON Institute of Australia

Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy

IKON Institute of Australia

Course details

CRICOS course code: 097946C

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


The Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy is your pathway to an exciting career as a counsellor or psychotherapist. In this higher education diploma, you will study the nature of the human mind from a variety of disciplinary perspectives both within psychotherapy and counselling traditions, and outside these traditions through engagements with relevant scientific, philosophical and spiritual disciplines.

Throughout the year you will be provided with the opportunity to extend and consolidate your own development as a foundation for helping to foster and guide the development of others in a therapeutic setting. You will be exposed to relevant theories, techniques, and practices of counselling and psychotherapy. You will be challenged to think and feel in a way that is adequate to the complexity of being human, and you will learn to be with others and yourself in a way that integrates individual and communal pasts, presents and futures.

As part of the course, you will also actively engage in one professional experience placement that will enrich and consolidate the learning you have undertaken in the classroom.

The Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy will prepare you to be a skilled, and transformative counsellor or psychotherapist.

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy prepares graduates for an exciting career as counsellors or psychotherapist with the skills to attend to the needs of clients in a variety of professional settings, ranging from mental health organisations and agencies through to private practice.


Credit Transfer

Graduates of the higher education Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy through Ikon Institute of Australia may gain entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Eligible applicants will receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 22,504 Per Year
Start date: 06 February 2023
22 May 2023
04 September 2023
Duration: 1 year
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

Level 4, 243 Edward Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds:

  • Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher
  • Completion (or partial completion) of a higher education qualification

Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience. You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon.

English Language Entry Requirements

IELTS overall score 6.0. TOEFL iBT Computer Delivered 60-78; Pearson PTE Academic 51-58; Cambridge C1 Advanced 169-175.


IKON Institute of Australia
Adelaide Campus
Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall Adelaide South Australia 5000