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  • Joe Kort interviewed by Ferndale Friends! 15 March 2019

    Ferndale Friends recently spoke with Dr. Joe Kort – a psychotherapist, coach and author specializing in LGBQT sexual and relationship health. He founded his practice in 1985, and his 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). For years his practice has specialized 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. His group also offers workshops for couples and singles as well.

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  • Grow Your Guru Interview with Dr. Joe Kort 11 March 2019

    Couples need two conversations - the relationship conversation and the sexual conversation. If sexual health improves in a relationship, this doesn't mean the relationship's health improves. Couples need to discuss these topics in tandem. Learn more about Dr. Joe Kort's work as a sex therapist and his practice, The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in this recent interview.

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  • You Belong to Me: The lasting trauma of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse 05 March 2019

    Watching the new documentary, "Leaving Neverland," about Wade Robson and James Safechuck revealing their childhood sexual abuse (CSA) at the hands of pop singer Michael Jackson is disturbing and sad. The men in the documentary are brave. 

    One in six boys are sexually abused.

    Males can be—and are—sexually used or abused, and it has nothing to do with how masculine they are. If a boy liked the attention he was getting, or became sexually aroused during the abuse, or even sometimes wanted the attention or sexual contact, this does not mean he wanted or liked being manipulated or abused, or that any part of what happened, in any way, was his responsibility or fault.

    And yet men worry they will be blamed—and sometimes are—for the CSA that happened to them. 

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  • Every couple can manage the roller coaster of life's challenges: Learn how to sustain a happy, healthy relationship 04 March 2019

    It's the rare couple who claims they don't have a few bumps or bruises from time to time in their relationship. Understanding and anticipating that life will throw a few curve balls along the way is essential if couples want to sustain a strong, loving relationship for the long-term.

    Here is the scenario: a couple faces a conflict. How do they overcome it? Do they fight fair? Do they compromise? Do they walk away and the problem never gets resolved

    In a strong, solid relationship, couples will have learned how to navigate through their conflicts without doing harm, and, ultimately, improving their relationship.

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