Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand “the Board” is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
The principal purpose of this Act is ‘to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practice in their professions’.

The Board registers Psychotherapists in New Zealand and carries responsibilities in the areas of standards, conduct and competence.
Under the HPCA Act (2003) unless you are registered with the Board you cannot call yourself a psychotherapist or hold yourself out to be a psychotherapist.

Health and Disability Commissioner

Complaints where the conduct or competence of a health practitioner has affected a health consumer (patient) are considered by the Health and Disability Commissioner in the first instance. The Commissioner promotes and protects the rights of consumers and receives all complaints against health practitioners.

The Commissioner considers complaints in reference to the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. You can view the Code and information on the Commissioner’s complaint processes by visiting the Health and Disability Commissioner’s website.

After considering a complaint, the Commissioner may decide to refer the matter to the Board for consideration. If this happens, the Board will promptly notify the complainant and psychotherapist involved, consider the complaint, and decide on a course of action to be taken.

Public Register

Click on the following link to access the Board’s Public Register of Psychotherapists


To register for the first time please go to Board’s website or click on the following link to go directly to Apply for Registration.

APC renewal

To renew your APC you will need to log into your personal profile using your email address and password.

All practitioners must advise the Board of their practice intentions each year. The practising year runs from 1 October to 30 September each year.


If you have questions about the Board’s processes, functions, registration or practising certificates, please contact the Registrar on 04 918 4727 or email