Questions to Ask a Psychosexual Therapist

This information has been compiled to assist the public to identify and select a professional Psychosexual Therapist.

  1. 1
    Do you abide by a code of conduct (ethics)? Can I have a copy?

    All members of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice. Accredited Members are also members of other professional bodies and must abide these codes of ethics as well. All members of the Society abide by the World Association of Sexual Health, Declaration of Sexual Rights.

  2. 2
    Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
    All accredited members must have professional indemnity insurance.
  3. 3
    Are you a financial registered member of a national professional body for psychosexual therapy and counselling?
    All members and accredited members belong to the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. You can check the accreditation status of a member on our website.
  4. 4
    Do you receive regular Professional Supervision?
    All accredited members must receive regular professional supervision from a supervisor to maintain their accreditation. Regular supervision is good practice. You should only see counsellors/therapists who receive regular supervision.
  5. 5
    What are your hours and do I need an appointment?
    This varies between each practitioner/therapist. You need to check with the individual psychosexual therapist as to their availability. Most psychosexual therapists will require to have an appointment.
  6. 6
    How long is a normal counselling session?
    A standard counselling session is 50 minutes to 1 hour. Shorter and longer sessions maybe more appropriate. Your psychosexual therapist will discuss with you.
  7. 7
    What are your hourly rates and are there any other costs involved?
    Hourly rates differs between therapists. There is no prescribed hourly rate.
  8. 8
    What happens if the session goes over time?
    Sessions normally last for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Psychosexual therapists often have other clients booked so they manage each session. This is the therapist’s responsibility, not the clients.
  9. 9
    Do you take notes, where are they kept?
    Yes, psychosexual therapists may take notes or write up notes after the session. These notes are used to inform the psychosexual practice to ensure they are providing you with best practice. Notes are also a way to document what happens during a session. All notes and files are confidential and kept under lock and key.
  10. 10
    What are your qualifications / experience in working with sexual difficulties and are they recognised?
    All accredited members have met strict training and practice guidelines to achieve and maintain their accreditation status. Ask your psychosexual therapist about their qualifications and training if you are unsure. All qualifications such as Diplomas, Masters etc need to be accredited through a state or national authority or a peak body.

NB:  Psychosexual therapy is a specialist form of counselling and psychotherapy with specific training and experience is required. Sexology/psychosexual therapy training is not generally included as part of counseling, psychology, medicine or nursing, it is a specific modality.  All accredited members have achieved recognized training and experience in psychosexual therapy.