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Straight Guise: Helping Male Clients with Sexual Identity Confusion

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Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW
1 Hour 58 Minutes
Feb 08, 2022
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Many therapists have reported an increase in male clients who are entering therapy with confusion around their sexual identity. These include self-identified straight men who are having sex with other men, gay men married to women and struggling to come out, and men who have been sexually abused by male perpetrators who are disoriented around their sexual orientation. To support these men, therapists need to know how to explore potential underlying reasons for confusion about sexual identity, which can range from histories of sexual abuse to fluid, heteroflexible, or bisexual identities. In this session, you’ll gain the most up-to-date information on how to talk about sexual identity, as well as techniques for working with these male clients and their partners. You’ll discover how to:

  • Distinguish between gay, straight, bi, and fluid identities
  • Ask the 4 essential questions to help male clients identify their sexual orientation
  • Understand the differences between erotic and sexual orientation
  • Techniques for helping couples work through one partner’s sexual identity confusion and its effects on their relationship



This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.


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Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW, is a board-certified sexologist and the founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health, and runs a private practice in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Dr. Kort, a therapist, coach and author, has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years and has spoken internationally on the subject of gay counseling. He specializes in sex therapy, gay affirmative psychotherapy, sexually compulsive behaviors, and IMAGO relationship therapy designed for couples to enhance their relationship through improved communication. Dr. Kort is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on the various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and “sexual addiction”. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including, LGBTQ Clients in Therapy, Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bisexual.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Joe Kort maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as a published author, and he receives a speaking honorarium and book and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Joe Kort is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy, and the American Association of Sexuality Educator, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

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  1. Categorize the distinctions between gay, straight, bi and fluid identities* Learn essential questions to ask to help male clients identify their sexual orientation.
  2. Distinguish between erotic and sexual orientation.
  3. Develop techniques for helping couples work through one partner’s sexual identity confusion and its effects on their relationship.
  4. Demonstrate the 4 questions to ask male clients to help them self-identify their sexual orientation.
  5. Catalogue at least 6 different sexual identities to help men understand their own.


  • The growing phenomenon of sexual disorientation
  • Typical socialization of males and how it can impact sexual disorientation
  • Differentiating sexual orientation from erotic orientation
  • Reasons why straight men have sex with men
  • Uncovering the nonsexual narratives behind one’s erotic interests
  • Helping the client understand their sexual and erotic orientation

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals


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