• Annual course fee

    AUD 24,000

  • Duration

    3 Years

  • Intake months

    February, may, september

  • Delivery locations


The Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy is designed to provide graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of psychotherapy, with a specific emphasis to embed a conceptual framework, and model of psychotherapeutic practice for the ‘whole person’.

This degree provides you with the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to integrate Psychotherapy into your existing vocation or to establish a new career as a private practitioner. This unique course is inclusive of traditional healing methods and incorporates, in a live fashion, cutting edge science. You will learn to assist your clients in moving forward in a healing and holistic sense.

Through your personal experiential learning and personal development you will learn the skills to personally engage with each and every client. You will learn various approaches and techniques and most importantly learn to adapt and utilise your knowledge and approach to the needs of your client with a unique and specialised Mind, Body and Spirit approach.

At Ikon, we place a huge emphasis on Psychotherapy (understanding one’s self) as well as giving you the skills to be both an excellent theoretical practitioner and a wonderful human. We recognise that with just the theoretical knowledge alone, you are likely to have a limited capacity to make a great counsellor.

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You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) Equivalent qualifications may also include a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.If you dont meet the entry requirements, there may be other programs you are eligible for that can lead you to your preferred program.


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Students from Australia are accepted for this course

  • Type of institution

    Private College - Higher Education

  • Year established


  • On campus accommodation

    Not Available

Are you looking for an institute that can help you achieve your life-altering future? Look no further than Ikon, the private Institute of Higher Education in creative therapies, counselling and psychotherapy, and early childhood education. With over 30 years of experience, Ikon has been helping individuals help others through meaningful learning experiences. 

Dr Rafael Locke founded the institute in 1988 with the goal of educating practitioners in transpersonal psychotherapy through a therapeutic framework. Today, Ikon offers a variety of courses and programs to cultivate the next generation of life-changers. Whether you're interested in pursuing a career in counselling or early childhood education, Ikon has something for you. Join Ikon today and propel yourself toward a brighter future.

By studying at this university, international students can experience a community that values curiosity, ambition, future focus, diversity, self-discovery, and human connection. They can learn from experts who are passionate about helping them succeed and who are committed to staying innovative and relevant in today's rapidly changing world. By choosing this university, international students can lay the foundation for a meaningful and fulfilling career while also learning more about themselves and the world around them.

Ikon believes that the most significant transformations come from within. Through learning to help others, they learn about themselves. They see a student’s interaction with them as a journey ventured together into new territory, intellectually and emotionally. They are the individual with the tools to carve their own unique path. 

The university constantly looks beyond itself to ensure that it remains relevant, progressive, and inspiring. They stay aware of the global landscape, education trends, environmental matters, and social issues. They continually innovate and stay connected to what matters to their community.

Ikon values discovery over knowing. It prides itself on staying open-minded, vulnerable, and inquisitive. As a business and as individuals, they know they don’t have all the answers. They invite questions and actively listen and explore to help improve and grow.

Campus Location 

The university, with its commitment to providing quality education to international students, has established campuses in various locations across Australia. Each campus offers a unique and diverse experience for students to learn and grow.

In Adelaide, the campus is located on Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000, which is in the heart of the city. Students can choose from various courses designed to provide a hands-on experience and prepare them for the workforce. 

The Brisbane campus is situated on Level 4, 243 Edward Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000. Students have access to modern facilities and technology to enhance their learning experience.

The Melbourne campus is located on Levels 4 and 6, 601 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000. The campus offers a diverse range of courses for international students with a strong emphasis on research and innovation. 

In Sydney, the campus is located on Level 1, 65 York St, Sydney, NSW 2000. The campus is designed in such a way that it provides students with a supportive and engaging learning environment.

Study Areas

Ikon Institute of Australia offers a range of degree programs to ensure an effective learning environment for students. 

Arts: An Arts degree from Ikon prepares students for a fulfilling career as an art psychotherapist. This degree equips students with a modern understanding of art psychotherapy and the necessary skills to excel in this field.

Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Counseling and Psychotherapy program offers a Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy degree that provides graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapy. This degree is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience through internships and placements.

Early Childhood Education: The university offers a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree that prepares students for a career as an early childhood teacher. This degree provides students with up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to educate children from birth to five years in a variety of settings and roles. 

Diversity and Inclusion

Ikon University values diversity and inclusivity in its learning, teaching, and research practices. The university believes that a collaborative and inclusive culture for international students is essential for creating a fair and just community and society. It recognises the importance of equity in the representation of socio-economic status, gender, cultural diversity, indigenous Australians, disability, and sexual orientation. 

As part of its commitment to promoting inclusivity, Ikon University provides support for specific equity groups such as people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people with disabilities, people from remote, rural, or isolated areas, people who are the first in their families to attend a university, and people from non-English speaking backgrounds, and people who identify as being LGBTI+. 

The university is dedicated to ensuring that all its students have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their education and succeed in their chosen course of study. For students who need additional support, Ikon University has a dedicated Student Experience team who can provide guidance and assistance. 

Campus facilities

The university provides a wide range of facilities to support students' academic pursuits and enhance their overall experience. The modern classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and seating for 25-30 students. In addition, students have access to clinical and early childhood education practice spaces to practice and evaluate skills in small groups, making it an ideal learning environment for counselling students.

The campuses have a wireless network that provides maximum coverage and density, allowing students to stay connected at all times. Learning materials are accessible online via the Canvas Learning Management System, enabling students to access timetables, assessment results, and all learning materials with ease. Blended learning technologies like live video conferencing are also available for face-to-face teaching at a distance.

The university provides telephone and online support capabilities in addition to an onsite Student Experience team that provides face-to-face student support and campus administration for the Sydney campus. Students have access to online one-on-one academic support sessions and counselling services with experienced practitioners. The campuses include breakout and kitchen areas, meeting spaces, and study zones, providing ample opportunities for small group work and the preparation of light meals.

The library at each campus provides access to physical learning resources and books, as well as electronic resources such as e-books and full-text journal titles. The Learning Management System, Canvas, provides a password-protected online learning environment where students can access course-specific information, policies, guidelines, and forms related to enrolment, assessment, conduct, grievance and appeals, student support, and more. Students can also submit assessment items electronically, view assessment results, grades, and lecturer feedback, conduct online quizzes and surveys, and participate in online communication activities.

With these facilities available, students at this university can be assured of a supportive and enriching learning environment that caters to their academic and personal needs.

Alumni Network 

The Alumni Network at Ikon University is a strong and vibrant community that connects graduates from all over the world. The university takes great pride in maintaining a close relationship with its alumni and encourages them to stay connected through various initiatives and events.

One of the most significant benefits of being a part of the Ikon Alumni Network is that it provides a platform for graduates to stay connected with their peers and the university. Alumni can stay connected with the university through various events, workshops, and seminars that are organised regularly. These events provide a great opportunity for alumni to network with their peers and stay updated with the latest developments at the university.

Moreover, the Alumni Network at Ikon University also provides access to job opportunities, mentorship programs, and other resources that can help alumni in their career development. The university also encourages its alumni to give back to the community and supports various philanthropic activities.

Ikon University has a strong and active alumni community, with graduates from various fields and countries. The university takes pride in the achievements of its alumni and celebrates their successes through various channels. Alumni are invited to share their success stories, which are published on the university's website and social media pages. This not only provides recognition to the alumni but also serves as an inspiration to current students.

Why study at the University

As an institute of higher education dedicated to propelling students towards more meaningful careers, this university prides itself on its values as an institute and a community. Here are some reasons why studying at this university could be the perfect choice for international students:

  • Deeply Ambitious: This university is extremely passionate about what they do. By guiding others to find their own fulfilment and success, they, in turn, realise their own dreams. They are driven to maximise their impact in their community and in the world through the pursuit of betterment, and they never stop honing their craft.
  • Positively Different: The diverse cultures, backgrounds, and individual ways of thinking at this university make them stronger as a whole. As a business and a community, they are united by shared values and passion. They fiercely protect the need to respect and celebrate unique qualities and ideas.
  • Human At Heart: This university always puts people first. Their courses are about human interactions and helping others. They know minds are most receptive when they feel respected and safe. They display an exceptional level of care, empathy, and support to all members of their community.

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40 Lord Street East Perth, WA 6004

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Western Australia’s Ikon campus is situated in a great area which is only a short walk from the CBD. This is close to various eateries, large shopping centres and public transport. Located right next Wellington Square the perfect place to relax during the lunch break.

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Sydney Campus - IKON Institute of Australia - IKON Institute of Australia

Level 1, 65 York St, Sydney, 2000 NSW

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Our Sydney campus is situated on the first level of our campus building on York Street in the booming Sydney CBD, just a 5-minute walk from the popular Queen Victoria Building, our students have easy access to all things including cafes, restaurants, shopping, and transport.

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Melbourne Campus - IKON Institute of Australia - IKON Institute of Australia

Level 6, 601 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 VIC

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Our Melbourne campus is situated in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and right near public transport. There are also plenty of eateries to choose from just a short stroll away to Queen Victoria Market as well as the popular Elizabeth West End Street which offers a wide range of cafes and restaurants to suit everyone’s palate and let’s not forget to mention the delightful food court based in Melbourne Central shopping centre.

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Brisbane Campus - IKON Institute of Australia - IKON Institute of Australia

Level 4, 243 Edward Street, Brisbane City, 4000 QLD

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Brisbane’s Ikon Campus is located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD on Edward St and is one of Brisbane City’s most sophisticated fashion hot spots. From international brands to independent boutiques, the precinct is a prime destination to find sought-after and unique fashion.

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Adelaide Campus - IKON Institute of Australia - IKON Institute of Australia

Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000

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South Australia’s Ikon campus is located in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD in the popular Rundle Mall. We are located on the third level of the Renaissance Tower in the middle of a booming retail precinct. Our campus is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, numerous shopping centres and independent retailers.

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Bowen Hills Campus - IKON Institute of Australia - IKON Institute of Australia

16 Brookes St, Bowen Hills QLD 4006, Australia

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