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About Us

The CPPAA is a professional body of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists qualified to work with a range of developmental, behavioural and emotional problems.

At the CPPAA, we aim to maintain and foster the highest standards of clinical practice of its members and of the training of Child Psychotherapists. We do this by providing our members with ongoing professional development and a forum for clinical discussion. The CPPAA is based in Victoria but members may work and live across all of Australia. 


Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is an internationally recognised and specialised approach in therapeutic work with infants, children, adolescents and their parents, families and carers. It has a long history and body of knowledge which is based on research and experience from clinical practice. At the CPPAA, we keep our members up-to-date as new research and literature evolves. 

The CPPAA functions under Articles of Association and in accordance with a Constitution by means of an Executive and a number of Sub-committees. The CPPAA has an extensive Code of Ethics and Procedures for Implementation of the Code of Ethics.

Child Psychotherapy is an industrially recognised profession under the Health Professional Services Award (HSUA 3). 


The CPPAA is an accredited member organisation of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia (PPAA). The PPAA maintains high standards of practice, training and ethics in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a form of treatment and research focused on infant, child, adolescent and parent mental health problems. Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy helps those experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties and unhappiness in their relationships and functioning.1 The CPPAA-accreditation ensures the highest standard of psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice, training and ethics, as a result from our assessment skills and evidence-based training. 

Emotional distress often goes undetected, disguised as illness, aggressive tendencies or odd behaviour. Children and adolescents can react to emotional pain with behavioural difficulties or dysfunctions or hidden hurt in dreams, nightmares and play.*