There are several online Australian therapist directories competing for the top spot. However, most are better thought of as member listings rather than any type of comprehensive Psychologist directory.
Let’s have a look at the biggest directories in Australia and see which one is the best fit for your needs.
We’ll be specifically looking at directories here that list Psychologists rather than other types of counsellors. That’s not to say that these counsellors, social workers and psychotherapists aren’t great; we’ve just got to draw the line somewhere for the sake of comparison.
So in no particular order let’s jump in:
Without a doubt the largest Australian Psychologist directory. The Find A Psychologist section of the APS website provides a listing of all the APS member.
A bit of history is probably required to fully understand why this directory is so large.
Up until 2010 Australian Psychologists were registered with the APS which was deemed the professional body. In fact to this day, Psychologists are still bound by the APS Code of Ethics.
However, after 2010 a government body called AHPRA was established that became the official registration group for allied health professionals.
While some Psychologists ended their membership with the APS during this transition, a great many maintained their connection resulting in a very large membership body that represents a diverse range of psychologists across different clinical colleges. The end result is a big directory even if it isn’t every Psychologist in the country.
The Find A Psychologist website is generally the first Google search result when you search for Psychologist directory. They even trademarked the term “Find A Psychologist”. Let’s see though if biggest means best:
The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) Find A Clinical Psychologist website is up next. A little bit more history might be helpful here.
ACPA arose around 2010 in response to a sentiment that the APS was too focused on the advocacy needs of Registered Psychologists as opposed to Clinical Psychologists. At the time Registered Psychologists made up the majority of the APS’ membership.
So as you might have guessed the ACPA Find A Clinical Psychologist database lists all of the Clinical Psychologists registered with ACPA. This equates to smaller bespoke Psychologist directory:
Available Psychologists is the new kid on the block. Obviously we’re a little biased here, but we think it’s a great initiative.
The Available Psychologists’ directory arose from a need within the psychological community to identify therapists that actually had spots free for clients quickly. During the pandemic, waitlists blew out to more than 8 months in some parts of Australia.
As this is a relatively new Psychologist directory, it doesn’t have the same dominance as some of the other big players.
Got time for just one more history lesson? The AAPI also sprung up around 2010 (starting to notice a trend here?); this time in response to the belief that it was unfair that Clinical Psychologists could provide higher rebates than Registered Psychologists to clients.
As such, the AAPI Find A Psychologist website is another professional body membership directory. But this time it’s the opposite of ACPA. So don’t expect to see too many Clinical Psychologists listed here.
Psychology Today is a worldwide Psychologist directory and blog. While it’s not specifically Australian, it is setup well enough to allow for local Australian searches.
Psychology Today is not connected to any professional membership body, so anyone can list. However, it is pay to list – despite having a 6 month free trial.
The big take away here is that Australian’s are lucky to have so many options when it comes to tracking down Psychologists. Each of the psychology directories discussed here has some real value.
But here’s how we’d break it down:
And of course remember to take the time a have a chat with any Psychologist via an intake call before committing to work with them. It’s important that you feel comfortable with their skills and demeanour.
The Psychologist directories we’ve looked at here are really just the first step in connecting you with someone that can hopefully help you make the changes you want to make in your life!