Psychotherapist Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW, is the clinical director and founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, Michigan, and the co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. He is a board-certified clinical sexologist, author of four books, lecturer and facilitator of therapeutic workshops. Throughout his 36 years of private practice, he successfully has utilized varying therapy modalities to help hundreds of individuals and couples improve their lives and strengthen their relationships.
Dr. Kort specializes in marital problems and conflicts; mixed orientation marriages; male sexuality and sexual health concerns; “sex addiction”, dysfunction and out-of-control sexual behaviors; sex identity issues; childhood sexual abuse; LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy; and Imago Relationship Therapy.
He is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), a safe and effective treatment that can help patients who have suffered for years from anxiety, distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events.
Dr. Kort obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, with a dual major in psychology and social work. He earned master’s degrees in social work and psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a doctorate (PhD) in clinical sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists.
His credentials also include:
• Taught at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan): Sexual Health Certificate Program
• Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
• Board Certified Sexologist Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers
• Member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT)
• Certified therapist & supervisor through AASECT Member of EMDRIA Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training
• Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor (CSTS)
Dr. Kort is the author of three books covering topics such as male sexual identity, relationships, and sexual fluidity. He also is the author of a book for clinicians working with the LGBTQIA population. He has written numerous published journal and magazine articles and is a regular contributor to the online blog for Psychology Today. Dr. Kort is in his second season of Smart Sex, Smart Love, a podcast series featuring a variety of topics – from sexual health issues to parenting conflicts, men’s health, sexuality as you grow old, marital problems, dating today, transgender concerns, kink, and much more (www.smartsexsmartlove.com).
Through Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, he offers a PhD in clinical sexology, LGBTQIA certifications, couples and sex therapy certifications, and webinars and workshops for mental health and medical providers. Dr. Kort also conducts workshops and intensives for singles and couples.
His career focuses on advancing the social acceptance and professional treatment of issues surrounding sexual health as well as the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.