As a psychotherapist

If you have gay & lesbian clients

It’s not enough to be gay-friendly.

The fact is, even the best intentioned therapists have some level of homophobia to overcome. From birth, heterosexist culture imprints us to think that heterosexuality is primary, and that any other orientation is inferior.

It’s not even enough to be gay yourself.

Gay or straight, we’re taught the homonegative belief that the “alternative lifestyle” of being gay and lesbian is a more difficult way to live. But the “alternative” of living heterosexually is actually harder for gays and lesbians, and can lead only to depression and self-defeating, or even self-destructive behaviors.

Learn the issues that gay men & lesbians face. They may surprise you!


Dr. Joe Kort is a leading expert on sex and relationships.  He specializes in Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors, Relationship Problems and Marital Conflict, Sex Therapy, and Sexual Identity Concerns.  His practice is located in Royal Oak, Michigan...


Developer and founder of AustraliaCounselling.com.au Clinton Power interviews Dr. Joe Kort  on Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician.

This continuing education webcast for counselors, therapists and social workers (LCSWs) is the 4th session of our new series, The Changing Face of Marriage.

Dr. Joe Kort on the The Discrimination episode of Dr. Nandi explores how discrimination affects ours lives both physically and mentally.

Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 13:69-71, 2009
Gay Affirmative Therapy Book Review by Dr. Martin Kantor 

In his new book, Joe Kort sets himself twin goals: informing straight therapists about the gay and lesbian community and telling straight therapists how to do gay affirmative therapy with their gay and lesbian patients. Kort not only meets his goals, he exceeds them. 

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Positive Therapy: Setting the gay record……straight!

Originally printed in the Detroit Jewish News

To read this review click here for pdf Detroit Jewish News Review June 2008 (775K)- Book review of Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician

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Therapy Today, November 2008 issue by Margaret Evans

Kort’s interesting concept is that lesbian and gay people suffer not only from internalised homophobia, but actually from posttraumatic stress disorder rooted in their upbringing of ‘covert cultural sexual abuse’ and family disapproval.

He references Erikson’s developmental model, but identifies ‘developmental insults’, and suggests a differential diagnosis using gay affirmative therapy principles for common mental health disorders.

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