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About THE CENTER

The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health (CRSH) in Royal Oak, MI is dedicated to improving the lives of its clients through counseling and therapies specifically tailored to the individual and couple’s needs. Experienced, professional and caring therapists at CRSH are dedicated to teaching and empowering people to understand, improve, and take responsibility for their own relationships, communications, intimacy and sexual satisfaction. Areas of expertise include individual and couple counseling; intimacy, communication; sexual relationship issues; loss of sexual desire, painful intercourse; sexual & arousal difficulties; out-of-control sexual behaviors; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues; difficulties following childhood abuse; anxiety and depression; and more. Live happier. (re)Discover Intimacy & Passionate Sex.

MEET The FOUNDER
Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW

Founding Director

Founding Director, psychotherapist, coach and author Joe Kort,  Ph.D., LMSW (www.joekort.com) has been in practice since 1985. Dr. Kort graduated from Michigan State University with dual majors in psychology and social work. At Wayne State University, he earned his master’s degree in social work (MSW), then a master’s (MA) in psychology. He received a doctorate (Ph.D.) in clinical sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. He is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work. He is also a published author and recognized national speaker.  Dr. Kort is in the process of becoming a certified transgender therapist through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH.org). WPATH is the standard of care for transgender medical and mental healthcare. 

Dr. Kort has successfully worked with many individuals and couples to improve their lives and relationships utilizing varying therapy modalities as needed or as desired by the client. He is certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, which is a specific program involving communication exercises designed for couples to enhance their relationship and for singles to learn relationship skills. It is based on the books, Getting The Love You Want and Keeping The Love You Find, by Dr. Harville Hendrix.

He is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which is a rapid, safe and effective treatment that does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis.  Patients who have suffered for years from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events have found relief through EMDR.  Dr Kort is currently the only CRSH therapist offering this treatment.  Historically fewer therapy sessions are required but, currently, insurance is not accepted for this treatment.

Dr. Kort is also Board Certified Sexologist specializing in sexual health therapy, including dysfunctions, out-of-control sexual behavior and sexual identity issues.    

Individual & couples counseling, workshops, long distance coaching, and intensives are offered by Dr. Kort. 

Dr. Kort’s credentials also include:

  • Teaching Faculty at University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program   
  • Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
  • Board Certified Sexologist
  • Member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health
  • Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Certified AASECT and Member of American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
  • Member of EMDRIA Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training

Dr. Kort maintains his own website as well at www.joekort.com. 

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MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Elana Gottfried, LMSW, ACSW

Elana Gottfried is a licensed clinical social worker whose extensive training and experience has helped many individuals and couples improve their lives.  She specializes in a number of areas with an additional focused expertise in women’s sexual health. She completed her training at Yeshiva University in New York and has worked in both Israel and the United States with women who are survivors of sexual abuse. Elana completed her post-graduate training in sex therapy and sexuality education at the University of Michigan. She also has extensive experience working with cultural, spiritual and religious issues. Elana is a member of the American Academy of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is an AASECT certified sex therapist.

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Kelli Weller, MA, LPC

Kelli Weller is a psychotherapist who counsels individuals struggling with adjustments, anxiety, depression, grief, and sexual issues including out of control sexual behaviors, fetishes and partialism. She also works with couples experiencing relationship and marital issues including communication difficulties, parenting issues, sexual issues, and struggles involving individual sexual identification. Kelli completed her graduate studies and clinical training at Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling. She holds a State of Michigan LPC license and a Certificate of Completion from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program.

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Chris Hanson, LMSW

Chris Hanson is a Licensed Master level Clinical Social Worker specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. He has worked for over twenty years with individuals suffering from anxiety & depression as well as those diagnosed with severe mental illness. His therapy is positive, affirming, and nonjudgmental helping clients to feel & recognize their own value. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University and his graduate studies at Wayne State University. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

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Mark McMillan, LMSW, CAADC

Mark is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC), specializing in recovery issues and diverse populations. After completing his BSW from Eastern Michigan University, he joined the Peace Corps and served as an HIV/AIDS Education Volunteer in Bangkok, Thailand. He obtained his Masters from the advanced MSW program from Wayne State University, with a concentration in substance use & addiction. Mark has several years of personal experience working with diverse populations and recovery issues, especially the intersection of gender identity/expression and/or sexual orientation/gender attraction and substance & alcohol misuse. Being in recovery from alcohol for over 13 years has allowed him to host, plan and participate as a workshop leader in a variety of recovery and spiritual conferences. He is a trained facilitator in a variety of sensitivity trainings and workshops, and has experience working with inclusion & microaggression issues from an LGBTQA+ perspective. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, groups & professionals educating them about recovery from a spiritual base perspective.

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Susan E. Ruma, LMSW

Susan Ruma, LMSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience counseling individuals, couples, families and adolescents. She received her Master’s Degree from The University of Michigan. While in graduate school, Susan helped facilitate groups focused on cultural diversity and sensitivity training with emphasis on LGBTQ and disability issues. She has since been certified in Trauma & Loss Counseling and completed training in motivational interviewing. She has extensive experience working with adults, couples, families and adolescents and utilizes a strengths-based approach as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Susan has also facilitated support groups with adults, parents and children using mindfulness exercises to manage anxiety and mood disorders. As a previous hospital social worker, Susan also has experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with medical conditions and helping them, as well as their family members, manage the stressors and changes associated with medical issues or a disability.

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Nick Zielke, LLMSW

Nick Zielke is a Limited Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Gender Specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oakland University and his graduate studies at Michigan State University. He is a member of Phi Alpha Honors Society and National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He specializes in working with individuals and their loved ones who seek support in navigating the challenges presented by Gender, Transgender, Intersex, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Asexual identity. Nick also works with clients dealing with Bullying and Oppression, Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Ideation. Using a combination of Strengths-Based Perspective and Mindfulness Based Approach during Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Nick has helped many individuals & families heal, overcome life’s challenges and lead happier lives.  Nick is in the process of becoming a certified transgender therapist through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH.org). WPATH is the standard of care for transgender medical and mental healthcare. 

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Rita R. Clark, LMSW

Rita is a licensed clinical social worker with 20+ years of working in several capacities of human service ranging from early childhood development, juvenile delinquency, prison re-entry, sexual health and education, individual, group, family counseling, training facilitation, substance abuse and HIV. She received her Master’s Degree from the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work.  Rita completed the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sex Education, Counseling and Therapy and is Certified as a HIV Testing Counselor and Partner Services. Her treatment approaches are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy (RT), Solution Focused-Brief Therapy, Behavioral and Humanistic Therapies with an emphasis of using integrative approaches to maximize positive client outcomes.

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Diane Levy-Rubinstein, LMSW

Diane Levy-Rubinstein is a Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker who completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University and her MSW at Wayne State University.   She specializes in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as Cognitive Behavioral therapy and insight-oriented process therapy.  

With over 35 years of experience helping clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders and personality disorders, Diane has also successfully worked with clients suffering from Chronic Mental Illness.  In addition, Diane has expertise in geriatrics and aging, grief and loss, and women’s issues. She provides individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy as well as uncoupling therapy and family therapy.  She also works with adolescents.

Her therapy approach is strength based and non-judgmental to help clients find their own LIFE WORTH LIVING.  She employs many different therapeutic techniques with emphasis on validating and accepting uncomfortable feelings rather than denying to find value in their lives.

Diane also volunteers her services twice monthly to provide a grief support group in the community. 

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