Meet Our Therapists

Dedicated to improving the lives of our clients.

Dr. Joe Kort, PhD

Founding Director, Psychotherapist, Licensed Master Social Worker, Coach and Author

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Joe Kort has been in practice since 1985. He successfully has worked with many individuals and couples to improve their lives and relationships utilizing varying therapy modalities. 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 or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse and other traumatic events.
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Couples & Individuals Counseling
  • EMDR
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy
  • Male Sexual Health Issues
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Mixed Orientation Marriages & Relationships
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Dysfunctions & Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors
  • Sexual Health
  • Sex Identity Issues

Education:

  • Wayne State University, Detroit: Master’s degree in Social Work
  • American Academy of Clinical Sexologists: PhD in Clinical Sexology

Certifications:

  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Board certification in sexology
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health: certified transgender therapist
  • Wayne State University: Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work
  • University of Michigan teaching faculty: Sexual Health certificate program
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
  • Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health member
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers

Rita R. Clark

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker

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Rita Clark has more than 20 years of experience working in several capacities of human service, ranging from early childhood development, juvenile delinquency, prison re-entry, sexual health, substance abuse and HIV. Her treatment approaches are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy (RT), Solution Focused-Brief Therapy, and Behavioral and Humanistic Therapies, with an emphasis on using integrative approaches to maximize positive client outcomes.
  • Communication Problems
  • Conflict Resolution/Anger Management
  • Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders & Co-Dependence
  • Domestic Violence/Emotional Abuse
  • Embedded Sexual Desires/Self-Discovery
  • Grief, Loss & Trauma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Individual, Couples & Family Counseling
  • Infidelity
  • Kink/BDSM/Fetishes
  • Men’s Sexual Health
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
  • Teen Violence & Social Adjustment Issues
  • Women’s Sexual Health

Education:

  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti: Master’s degree in Social Work

Certifications:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Sexual Health certificate program in sex education, counseling & therapy 
  • HIV Testing Counselor and Partner Services certification

Laura Feeney

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker, LISW-S

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Laura Feeney has 25 years of experience working with a diverse population of all ages. She specializes in addiction, trauma, behavioral issues, chronic relapse, life transitions, oppositional defiance, peer relationships, personality disorders, and other mental health issues. Interventions and approaches Laura may use in her sessions include cognitive behavioral, person-centered, relaxation and EMDR (eye movement and desensitization reprocessing). She facilitates the process of healing with a strengths-based perspective. Laura has additional training and expertise in working with first responders including police officers, firefighters, and health care workers that deal with traumatic experiences on a daily basis. 
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Life Transitions
  • Loss
  • Mood Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Education:

  • Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio: Master’s degree in Social Science Administration 

Certifications:

  • Rape crisis training 
  • Youth-at-risk training

Elana Gottfried

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker

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Elana Gottfried has extensive experience working with cultural, spiritual and religious issues and how they may affect sexuality and orientation. She also focuses on women’s sexual health, and has worked with women in Israel and the United States who are survivors of sexual abuse.
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Communication Problems
  • Erectile Function
  • Individual & Couples Counseling
  • Low Sexual Desire
  • Painful Intercourse & Vaginismus
  • Transgender Issues
  • Trauma & Sexual Health
  • Women’s Sexual Health

Education:

  • BA in psychology and MSW from Yeshiva University
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sexual Health Certificate Program in sex therapy and sexuality education

Certifications:

  • AASECT certified sex therapist (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists)

Gregory Johnson

Licensed Master Social Worker

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Gregory Johnson has extensive experience working with the LGBTQIA community. He works from a holistic perspective using various therapeutic modalities including Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. He is passionate about developing a targeted treatment plan to assist clients with various challenges toward embracing and taking action on a life worth living. His clients include individuals, couples, families and teens/adolescents as well as older adults. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Eastern Michigan University with a focus on understanding and unpacking the connection between adolescent LGBTQIA bullying, marginalization, and mental health and educational outcomes.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • LGBTQIA Issues
  • Coming Out/Being Out
  • Sexual Identity
  • Transgender Issues including Transitioning
  • Spirituality
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors and Suicidal Ideations
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mood Disorders
  • Co-Dependency
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Grief & Loss
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Addiction
  • Self-Esteem
Education:

  • Wayne State University, School of Social Work MSW

Certifications:

  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy through Behavioral Tech, a Linehan Institute Training Company at Yale University
  • Motivational Interviewing & Trauma Informed Therapy

George Khamis

Temporary Limited License Psychologist

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George Khamis uses a cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and family systems approach to guide how he supports his clients. He works from a holistic standpoint to help clients gain insight into the problems that are preventing them from living a life of greater fulfillment and less anxiety. His clients include individuals, couples, families, teenagers and adolescents. George also offers coaching and consulting services for clients who don’t live in Michigan.

  • Anxiety
  • Communication problems
  • Conflict resolution
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Infidelity
  • Imago Therapy
  • LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy
  • Life transitions
  • Meditation training
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Spirituality and existential issues
  • Stress
  • Transgender issues
Education:

  • Wayne State University, Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Couples Therapy
  • Kalamazoo College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience

Certifications:

  • LGBTQIA+ Affirmation Therapy Certification

Diane Levy-Rubinstein

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker

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Diane Levy-Rubinstein specializes in Dialectic Behavior Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and insight-oriented process therapy. With more than 35 years of experience helping clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders and personality disorders, Diane also has successfully worked with clients suffering from chronic mental illness. Her therapy approach is strength-based and non-judgmental to help clients find their own life worth living.

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Co-Dependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Dialectic & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Divorce & Uncoupling
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Geriatric & Aging Counseling
  • Grief & Loss
  • Individual & Couples Counseling
  • Life Coaching
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Women’s Issues
Education:

  • Wayne State University, Detroit: Master’s degree in Social Work

Certifications:

  • Gerontology

Donna Litinsky

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker / Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor

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Donna Litinsky has more than 25 years of experience helping clients with alcohol and chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, co-dependency issues, grief and loss relating to substance abuse, as well as parenting and problematic family dynamics. She has worked with the probation department regarding clients who have received DUIs, and those who are mandated to drug court. Her therapy approach includes mindfulness teachings.

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Marital & Premarital Issues
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women’s Issues

Education:

  • Wayne State University, Detroit: Master’s degree in Social Work

Certifications:

  • Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • Continuing Education in Addiction, Co-Dependency, Grief & Loss, LGBTQ Awareness, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Depression, Couples & Family Dysfunction

Darcia Miller

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker

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Darcia Miller has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents to help them navigate life in a healthier way. She has helped them heal, overcome life’s challenges and reach their personal goals. She utilizes a strengths-based perspective, mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in her practice. Her areas of expertise include crisis conflict, stress management, anger management, substance abuse, impulse control, transition management and behavioral therapy.

  • Co-dependency
  • Crisis conflict
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Impulse control
  • Mood disorders
  • Peer relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-value
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual identity
  • Stress and Anger Management
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
Education:

  • Wayne State University, Master’s in Social Work

Certifications:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certification

Charon Normand-Widmer

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker

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Charon Normand-Widmer specializes in working with individuals seeking support navigating erotic, gender and sexual identity challenges; alternative relationships; and trauma, utilizing a strengths-based, psychodynamic, mindful approach. She believes that all levels of consciousness should be attended to when embarking on a healing path and is deeply aware of the importance of strengthening the mind, body and spirit connection.

  • Individual & Couples Counseling
  • Communication Problems
  • Men’s Sexual Health
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Sexual Health and Gender Identity Issues
  • Trauma & Abuse Recovery
  • Women’s Sexual Health
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

Education

  • Wayne State University, Detroit: Master’s degree in Social Work
  • Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute fellowship
  • Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Certificate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma

Certifications

  • American Academy of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
  • Functional Nutrition Coach

Susan E. Ruma

Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker

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Susan Ruma utilizes a strengths-based approach to help individuals and family achieve their personal goals in therapy. She uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents. She has facilitated DBT groups and support groups to help clients learn specific skills to help them improve their ability to regulate emotions. She has years of experience working with adolescents and families as well as assisting adults and youth who identify as LGBTQ. She has assisted many transgender clients with the process of transitioning. Finally, her experience also includes helping clients recover from trauma.
  • Anxiety, Depression & Mood Disorders
  • Grief & Loss
  • Health & Disability Issues
  • Individual, Couples, Family & Adolescents Counseling
  • LGBTQ individuals and those who are considering or in the process of transitioning +
  • Adolescents (12+)
  • PTSD & Complex PTSD (CPTSD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder or Pervasive Emotional Dysregulation
  • Self-Esteem, Self-Value, Appreciation & Adjustment Issues
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors & Suicidal Ideation
Education:

  • Education:  University of Michigan – School of Social Work – 2003

Certifications:

  • Certifications: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing & Trauma Exposure

Sarah Scales

Licensed Master Social Worker

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Sarah Scales has a special interest in helping families and adolescents navigate the challenges the younger generation face as they grow up and become more independent. Her approach involves a combination of family and individual analysis, to help build bridges and give children the tools to be successful. She also works with individuals who identify or are diagnosed with neuro-atypical conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and intellectual disabilities who need help with anxiety and depression. Some of her therapies include Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT).

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disability
  • Family conflict
  • LGBTQA
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Transgender issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
Education:

  • University of Michigan, Master’s in Social Work
  • Alma College, Bachelor’s in Psychology

Dr. Jessica Topor, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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Jessica Topor has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has a special interest in family dynamics and works with families to help with sibling relationship issues, couples experiencing distress, and families with children with disabilities. She specializes in work with adolescents and early adults, as well as individuals struggling with developmental crises. She also has worked with the deaf community.
  • Adolescents & Early Adult Focused Therapy
  • Families with Children with Disabilities
  • Individual, Couples & Family Counseling
  • Individuals Struggling with Developmental Crises
  • Parenting
  • Sibling Relationship Issues

Education:

  • Michigan State University, East Lansing: Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Michigan State University: PhD in Human Development and Families Studies, specializing in couples and family therapy 
  • Oakland Community College: Sign Language Interpreters program

Jeanette von Grabe

Licensed Professional Counselor, Child-centered mediator

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Jeanette von Grabe has a special interest in counseling, education and mediation, to help individuals and couples improve their communication, and work together cooperatively and effectively. Her approach is aimed at developing insight and techniques to create an emotionally healthy environment for her clients and restore purpose and meaning back into their lives. Jeanette also serves as a child-centered mediator and divorce coach. She works with adolescents, individuals, and couples to help reduce high conflict in divorcing families and emotionally protect the children.

  • Anxiety
  • Co-dependency
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce mediation
  • Family dynamics
  • LGBTQIA
  • Life coaching
  • Life transitions
  • Marital and premarital counseling
  • Parenting planning and mediation
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Women’s issues
Education:

  • Oakland University, Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education

Kelli Weller, MA, LPC

Psychotherapist

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Kelli Weller counsels individuals struggling with adjustments, anxiety, grief and sexual issues including out-of-control sexual behaviors, fetishes and partialism. She also works with couples experiencing relationship and marital issues such as communication difficulties, sexual issues, and struggles involving individual sexual identification.

  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Erectile Disorders
  • Individual & Couples Counseling
  • Lesbian & Gay Affirmative Therapy
  • LGBTQ Parenting
  • Low Sexual Desire
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Premature & Delayed Ejaculation
  • Men’s Sexual Health
  • Sexually Compulsive Behaviors
  • Women’s Sexual Health

Education:

  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti: Master of Arts in Counseling

Certifications:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Sexual Health certificate program
  • Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Nick Zielke

Limited Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Nick Zielke specializes in working with individuals and their loved ones who seek support in gender transitioning and navigating the challenges presented by gender, sexual orientation, transgender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual and asexual identity. Using a combination of strengths-based perspective and mindfulness-based approaches during Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Nick has helped many individuals and families heal, overcome life’s challenges and lead happier lives.

  • Academic Underachievement
  • Anxiety, Depression, Co-Dependence & Mood Disorders
  • Bullying & Oppression
  • Communication Problems
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Conflict
  • Individual, Couples, Family, Adolescent & Teen Counseling
  • Self-Esteem, Self-Value, Appreciation & Adjustment Issues
  • Sexual Orientation, Transgender, Intersex & Sexual Identity
  • Self-Harming & Suicidal Ideation
Education:

  • Michigan State University, East Lansing: Master’s degree in Social Work

Certifications:

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health, certified transgender therapist

Our Student Interns

Dedicated to improving the lives of our clients.

Mark Finn

Clinical Therapist Intern

After a 30-year career as a public high school teacher, Mark Finn comes to CRSH while working towards his Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Wayne State University, Detroit.

His most recent internship took place at Ascension Eastwood Recovery Center for Men in Southfield. There, he conducted individual and group therapy sessions and became familiar with the difficulties men have in expressing shame, fear, intimacy and vulnerability.

Upon graduation, Mark looks forward to working as a therapist with individuals and expanding his work to include couples therapy. His specialities are men’s issues and couples.

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