When you choose a therapist from the Talkingworks Directory you are assured they are a qualified professional.

Before being listed, all our therapists are asked to provide evidence that they are members of a recognised professional body that has assessed their qualifications and competence to practice. These associations also have Codes of Ethics and Complaints processes to ensure their members provide a safe and ethical service.


Members of Talkingworks belong to one of the following organisations.

(Membership requirements for professional bodies are subject to change, so for current criteria please visit the professional bodies’ websites directly.)

The Psychotherapists Board of Aoteroa NZ

Any practitioner claiming to be a psychotherapist must be registered by the government through The Psychotherapists Board of Aoteroa New Zealand (PBANZ). You can check someone’s registration status online at www.pbanz.org.nz and going to “Public Register”.

The NZ Psychologists Board​

Only psychologists who are currently registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and who hold a current Annual Practising Certificate can legally practise (or claim to be practising) psychology in New Zealand. You can check someone’s registration status online at www.psychologistsboard.org.nz and going to “online register of psychologists”.

NZ Association of Counsellors

The New Zealand Association of Counsellors / Te Roopu Kaiwhiriwhiri o Aotearoa (NZAC), is also known as Counselling Aotearoa (CA). They are a professional membership body that represents the majority of counsellors in New Zealand. They have around 3,000 members and offer a registration process for counsellors who meet their rigorous training, qualification and professional development standards.

Addiction Practitioners Association of Aotearoa-NZ

DAPAANZ is the professional association for people working in addiction treatment.
They support and foster an excellent, ethical and culturally responsive addiction workforce that helps people struggling with addictions get high quality, effective help.

Australian, NZ and Asian Arts Therapy Association

ANZACATA is the peak professional body that represents creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region. It is a member-run self-regulating body that seeks to advocate for the profession and to ensure that the training and practice of professional members is in accordance with the highest international standards.

NZ Christian Counsellors Association

The aim of  NZCCA is to be a faith-filled, loving community of professional counsellors who have chosen to follow Christ and identify as Christian (i.e. who know, love and serve Jesus).

NZCCA aims to set and maintain the highest possible standards of professional practice, and to support members in their work as counsellors in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Members are accountable to ethical practice as stipulated in the NZCCA Code of Ethics and Practice, and commit to show acceptance without discrimination to all people.

Careers Development Association of New Zealand

Excellence in career development across diverse fields of practice through sustainability, professionalism, and advocacy – for all New Zealanders.

CDANZ is the professional body for career development practice in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, membership criteria, and Constitution articulate their commitment to maintaining a high level of trust, integrity, and service.

CDANZ works to champion policies which lead to the enhancement of career development in New Zealand. They collaborate with aligned associations and the international career development community to offer support, research, and mechanisms that are mutually beneficial to the profession.

The Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists​

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialists in the treatment of mental illness. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.

The RANZCP is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to deliver specialist medical education and training, and professional development programs.