ROYAL OAK - Therapist, coach and author Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, helped many individuals cope and manage issues relating to sex addiction for over 20 years. Kort completed the second edition of his book "10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives" this year, 13 years after it was initially released, and shared with readers a sweeping realization about his own therapy practice: Joe Kort no longer believes in sex addiction.
"The first book was all about the negatives, like, 'Oh you're going to hurt yourself and this is terrible.' The sex addiction model is very negative. It's pathological. And they (sex addiction therapists) pathologize the behavior. Out-of-control sexual behavior model doesn't. It says, 'We're not going to look at the behavior, because we could be doing anything. But instead, let's look at your relationship to the behavior.. How do you feel about the behavior? Are you being honest? Is it relational? Is it consensual?' It has other elements in it," Kort said.
To learn more about the book, go to: http://joekort.com/joes_books.htm/10-SMART-THINGS-GAY-MEN-CAN-DO-TO-IMPROVE-THEIR-LIVES-Second-Edition