Sex Therapist Certification

IBOSP Certified Sex Therapists are licensed, certified, or registered mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy for presenting issues related to sex and sexuality.  IBOSP Certified Sex Therapists have specific, comprehensive training in human sexuality and sex therapy.

Who seeks Sex Therapist Certification?

Mental health professionals who focus primarily on the sexual health and well-being of individuals and couples.  Sex therapist certification applicants apply theory and methods to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of psychosocial and physical dysfunction, disability, or impairment.  Services consist of assessment, diagnosis, psychological treatment, and consultation.

Why Apply for Sex Therapist Certification(CST)?

Certification as a sex therapist provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advance training in the field and have the endorsement of an international certifying body.  Certification also helps you stand out to potential employers and maximize earning potential.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A current IBOSP membership in good standing
  • A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a mental health or medical field.
  • Current professional license or equivalent as an independent practitioner.
  • Documentation of 150 hours of comprehensive education in the area of human sexuality and sex therapy. Education needs to include a minimum of 50 hours of sex therapy specific courses and a range of topics in human sexuality (to include culture, diversity, and ethics).
  • A minimum of 50 hours of supervision, by a supervisor with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field, in the practice of sex therapy, treating a range of presenting issues related to sex and sexuality.  
  • A minimum of 250 hours of experience (while under supervision) treating clients with issues related to sex and sexuality.  
  • Letters from supervisor(s) attesting to the completion of supervision hours.
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references completed by a licensed (or comparable) mental health or medical professional.
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.