Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Grief Counsellor | Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | Student Counsellor | View All

Course Rundown

Build in-demand skills for a people-focused profession and support others to success by studying this Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy course. 

Designed for students with a background in counselling, this master’s degree offers practical opportunities to learn new skills, deepen your knowledge of counselling principles and theories, and apply counselling thinking to a wide range of alternative areas of business and relationships. 

After completing this course, you may choose to work in a specialised counselling role, drawing on your study in areas including developmental psychology, positive psychology, cognitive behaviour therapy, existential therapy, narrative therapy, grief and trauma counselling, or ecological psychotherapy. You may also choose to apply counselling practices to another role, and work in a business, relationship or lifestyle coaching or mentoring role. 

You’ll have access to opportunities to put your new knowledge into practice with practical work experience placements. 

If you’re seeking a professional challenge and want to develop your interpersonal and communication skills, this course offers a practical and rewarding new opportunity. 



To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field; AND
  • Have two years of work or volunteering experience in a related field; AND
  • Complete an interview.

What You’ll Learn

In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Understanding social and emotional behaviour across the lifespan: An introduction to developmental psychology
  • Theories and practices of counselling
  • Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication
  • The counsellor: Ethics, legal and professional issues
  • Practicum 2: Clinical placement
  • Practicum 3: Integrating theory into clinical practice
  • Group therapy 1
  • Group therapy 2
  • Advanced social research methods
  • Research project
  • Practicum 4: Trainee clinic and individual support learning sessions

Elective units:

  • Positive psychology and coaching
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Working with complex presentations
  • Focusing
  • Working with young people
  • Introduction to somatics
  • Responding to complex trauma and sexual abuse
  • Couple therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Ecological psychotherapy
  • Brief dynamic psychotherapy
  • Jung, dreams and sandplay
  • Spirituality and counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Working with psychosomatic signs and symptoms

Why study with Jansen Newman Institute?

The Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) is a highly regarded education provider offering programs in applied social science, counselling and psychotherapy, community services and more.

With a focus on experiential learning, JNI’s nationally-recognised and industry-designed courses ensure that students graduate with both the theoretical and practical skills that are in demand in their field.

JNI is part of the Think: Education Group, which includes some of Australia’s most respected and iconic specialist colleges, and together have educated over 9,500 students.

Student Support

As a student of the Jansen Newman Institute, you will receive extensive student support from your course advisor and mentor.

Have one-on-one study support to help you create goals, study plans and develop strong study skills. You will also have access to over 70 million articles from one of the largest online libraries in Australia!

JNI are all about creating a supportive learning environment to help you thrive! Dedicated Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) support staff are on hand help you be more effective in your study and build your skills. From writing essays and reports to goal setting and exam prep – they’ll guide you through it all (available online and on campus).

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a  studying this Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy from Jansen Newman Institute. 

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to progress your counselling career, and may offer you opportunities to seek more diverse roles in either specialised counselling practises or in general business, relationship and lifestyle coaching.

Early exit from this course may qualify you to receive a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy from Jansen Newman Institute.


Curious about where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Jansen Newman Institute offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront. Other payment options may also be available to eligible students. Enquire now to find out more!