CAPA NSW has now merged with the Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) and CAPA will not be taking any further members.


For any information on membership, standards, conditions of membership, PACFA activities etc please go to the PACFA website at:


The CAPA web site will gradually be closed down, however, the find a therapist database search at the bottom of the home page will remain active for the present time. The CAPA office in Macquarie Street has also closed.


Our thanks to Freddy and Melissa for all their work in keeping the office going for so many years.



The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Inc. (PACFA) is a peak body for Member Associations which meet the standards developed by consensus as appropriate for professional practitioners within the disciplines of Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Australian community.


Member Associations, including CAPA NSW, accept the professional standards set and which adhere to the ethical guidelines established.


PACFA was established to:

  • Establish Recognised Standards of Training
  • Develop Professional Accountability and Public Protection
  • Regulate Therapeutic Practice


PACFA restructure 

PACFA and a number of Member Associations (MAs), including CAPA NSW, have formed a Working Party to look at options for restructuring our professional associations.


In the first half of 2014 the CAPA NSW Executive sent a survey to our Members to get their opinions on issues related to the proposed restructure. The survey concluded on 5 July and the results were shared with the PACFA Working Party.


Read the results of the CAPA NSW Member Survey (pdf)


CAPA NSW has also conducted an international review of professional associations to determine what has and has not worked in terms of other organisational structures and administrative relationships. The results of this review have been fed into the PACFA Working Party.


Update: October 2014
The PACFA Council, which includes two voting representatives of CAPA NSW, met on the weekend of 11 & 12 October 2014 to discuss the Discussion Paper prepared by the PACFA Restructure Working Party. Council agreed with the Working Party’s recommendation that a restructure of PACFA is necessary and approved a series of Motions to enable PACFA and the Member Associations to progress work on the restructure. The Motions include clear directions for the Restructure Working Party to prepare the PACFA restructure model by the 2015 PACFA AGM.


Update: April  2015
The DRAFT Restructure document, provides an overview of the proposed restructure, which was discussed at the PACFA Council meeting recently. The proposal was ratified with continual development, with a final vote to be taken at the PACFA AGM in October this year.


Update: May  2015
Click on the link for the outcomes of the Restructure Webinar, which was held on the 27th April.