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 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

    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


    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


    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 McMillan


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

  • Susan E. Ruma

    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.

What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW)?

Clinical social workers provide mental health services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in individuals, families, and groups. Their goal is to enhance and maintain their patients’ physical, psychological, and social function. 

Educational requirements

Clinical social workers must have a master’s or doctorate degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical experience. They must undergo a supervised clinical field internship and have at least 2 years of postgraduate supervised clinical social work employment. Clinical social workers are approved providers in most insurance and managed care plans, and practice in the following settings:

· Private practice
· Medical facilities (e.g., hospitals)
· Mental health clinics

What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT or MFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.

What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally
  • accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

What is a Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PhD)?

Licensed Psychologists provide psychotherapy services for clients dealing with a variety of mental health issues or disorders. They are also trained in performing psychological assessments for conditions that are difficult to diagnose and many are engaged in teaching and research. Psychologists work in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, private practice, academic institutions, Veterans Affairs HealthCare System, county clinics, corporations, etc.

Educational requirements

Psychologists are the only professionals required to hold a doctorate degree in mental health. Obtaining a doctorate degree requires 4-6 years of coursework, the completion of a dissertation project, and a predoctoral internship. Licensed Clinical Psychologists cannot prescribe medication – a function limited to Psychiatrists and other medical doctors. Normally, after obtaining the degree, Psychologists must fulfill a certain number of supervised postdoctoral hours (usually taking 1 to 2 years), and passing the national and state board exams.

What is a Clinical Sexologist?

Clinical Sexologists have either graduated with a master's or doctorate in a psychology, social work or counseling program. It is a post graduate training to work with individuals who suffer from female and male sexual dysfunctions and disorders.

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