Dr. Joe Kort works with clients who have a wide range of sexual issues – sexuality issues for straight, gay, and lesbian people, sexual abuse, out of control sexual behaviors, fetishes, kinks, sexual dysfunctions, issues around the use of pornography, etc. His clients are primarily men and couples, but he also works with women helping them understand their male partners.
Dr. Kort has a unique perspective on out of control sexual behaviors and does not use the term “sexual addiction” because he finds it to be “sex negative” and pathologizing. Instead, he focuses on the sexual health of his clients helping them to understand their relationship to their sexual behavior.
Dr. Kort also trains therapists in working with clients around issues sexuality and offers groups on sexuality and relationship success for the public. He has several associates in his practice and is the author of several books.
[2:26] Dr. Kort explains how he started working in the area of sexuality.
[4:16] Joe shares why he doesn’t use the term “sexual addiction” and how he focuses on sexual health instead.
[7:14] Dr. Kort talks about how many clients he sees and the number of groups he offered when he was younger, as compared to now.
[11:00] Dr. Kort sees a large need for therapists to be trained in sexuality and sex therapy.
[11:42] Dr. Kort reveals his tactics for marketing his business.
[12:30] Dr. Kort reports that he has hired coaches and sought help to build his practice.
[14:00] Dr. Kort discusses the challenges of running a business and how he finds balance in his life.
[16:00] Dr. Kort is passionate about helping his clients reduce shame as well as helping therapists become more comfortable working with sexuality.
[18:00] Dr. Kort shares his experience working with “mixed orientation” couples where one is straight and the other is gay.
[20:00] Dr. Kort talks about his work with straight men who have sex with other men.
[25:00] Dr. Kort explains why he believes he is successful.
[27:17] Dr. Kort gives advice to other building a business.
Bio – Joe Kort, Ph.D., – Royal Oak, MI
Joe Kort, Ph.D., is a clinical sexologist and relationship therapist, coach and founded his practice in 1985. His specialties include: IMAGO Relationship Therapy, sex therapy, sexual identity issues, out-of-control sexual behaviors, responsible non-monogamy/monogamy; childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse; mixed-orientation marriages; and depression and anxiety.
Dr. Kort writes for Huffington Post, Psychology Today and has been interviewed and mentioned on a regular basis in the New York Times on various issues.
Dr. Kort is the author of four books:
10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives and 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Find Real Love and Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician: The Essential Guide and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bi: A Guide for Women Concerned About Their Men.
He maintains a regularly updated website at www.JoeKort.com and his twitter is @drjoekort
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