What is important is for you to understand what your sex therapists qualifications are, and that your therapist offers this information directly and completely.
What educational experience and background does your sex therapist have? In other words, where did they go to school and what are the degrees they received.
In the UK a qualified Psychosexual Therapist may hold a primary degree in another Therapy or hold a professional degree in a related field for example: Psychotherapy, Counselling or Nursing. This will then be followed by a 2 year Post Graduate qualification specifically in Psychosexual Therapy. They may hold the letters of the primary degree after their name followed by PGDipPST.
What clinical training does your sex therapist have?
This refers to where they learned how to do sex therapy and where they learned to do counselling or psychotherapy. This is not the same as where they received their educational degrees.
It is important to ask a potential therapist where they got their sex therapy training. Once you get this information, I recommend doing a bit of research on the place they received their training. Is it affiliated with any larger organisations? Has it been around for a long time? Can you contact the organisation to confirm that they provide this specialised training.
Of course doing all this will still not guarantee that a particular sex therapist will be good for you to work with. But confirming some facts about your sex therapists training and background can at least weed out potential con artists, and it can also let you know if there is a way for you to complain if something inappropriate happens in the course of your therapy.
For an overview on psychosexual therapy please click here: www.sextherapydirectory.co.uk
Most Psychosexual qualifications have a module within them on sex addiction. It is a brief overview and can enable the student to go on and work with sex addiction.
There are also stand alone qualifications in the UK which solely specialise in Sex Addiction. If you have any concerns please ask any potential therapist what their experience and qualifications are in this field.
You can gain further information here: www.atsac.co.uk
For an overview of sex addiction you can also click here: www.sextherapydirectory.co.uk