Psychotherapist, coach and author Joe Kort, Ph.D, MSW, MA founded his practice in 1985.  Its specialties include:  Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, emphasizing how being knowledgeable about gay issues informs the therapeutic process, and IMAGO Relationship Therapy, a specific program to help couples and singles learn to improve their communication and relationship skills. It is based on the books Getting The Love You Want  and Keeping The Love You Find  by Dr. Harville Hendrix.

This practice specializes in sex therapy and sexual identity issues, including Out-Of-Control Sexual Behavior; responsible non-monogamy/monogamy; childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse; mixed-orientation marriages; coming out; and depression and anxiety. The group offers workshops for couples and singles.

All services are for people of any sexual orientation. 


Dr. Kort's practice is mixed with straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and couples.

Dr. Kort graduated from Michigan State University with dual majors in Psychology and Social Work. At Wayne State University, he earned his Master's in Social Work (MSW), then a Master’s (MA) in Psychology, and has received his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (AACS).
More about Dr. Kort:

  • Teaching Faculty at University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program
  • Certified IMAGO Relationship Therapist
  • Board Certified Sexologist
  • Member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
  • Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Member of the National Association of Certified Social Workers
  • Certified AASECT Therapist, Supervisor of Sex Therapy and Member of American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
  • Member of EMDRIA Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Michigan #6801046330


  • Elana Gottfried


    Elana is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in women’s sexual health. She completed her training at Yeshiva University in New York and has worked both in Israel and the United States with women who are survivors of sexual abuse. 

  • Kelli Weller

    MA, LPC, NCC

    Kelli Weller is a psychotherapist who counsels individuals struggling with adjustments, anxiety, depression, grief, and sexual issues including sexual addiction, fetishes and partialism. 

  • Chris Hanson


    Chris Hanson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. He has worked for over twenty years with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness.

  • Paula Kirsch


    Paula Kirsch is a Limited Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Life Coach, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Life coaching around issues of self care, boundaries and goal setting.

  • Mark McMillan


    Mark is a limited licensed Social Worker (LLMSW), specializing in recovery issues and diverse populations.

  • Susan E. Ruma


    Susan Ruma, LMSW, has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 14 years. She received her Master’s Degree from The University of Michigan. While in graduate school, Susan helped facilitate groups focused on cultural diversity and sensitivity training with emphasis on LGBTQ and disability issues.

  • Nick Zielke


    Nick Zielke is a Limited Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Gender Specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oakland University and his graduate studies at Michigan State University.

  • Rita R. Clark


    Rita is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20-plus years of working in several capacities of human service ranging from early childhood development, juvenile delinquency, prison re-entry, sexual health and education, individual, group, family counseling, training facilitation, substance abuse and HIV.

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