Modern Sex Therapy Institutes

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Meet Our Sexuality Experts, Executive Directors Team!


About six years ago, Dr. Rachel Needle, Dr. Joe Kort, and Dr. Ricky Siegel decided to combine their more than 30 years of sex therapy and sexuality certification training experience to provide a hub for quality comprehensive education for therapists, counselors, medical professionals, and educators. From it inception, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (MSTI) sought to offer flexible programming that provided a one-stop shop for a variety of content, from a single webinar to a full certification or degree offering. Due to the team’s network, MSTI has been able to provide learners with varied perspectives from thought leaders from all over the world. With a hybrid approach of in-person workshops and online content, MSTI continues to be a cutting-edge provider of a truly multidisciplinary approach, integrating cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, relational and systemic approaches with the emerging field of sexual health and medicine.

Meet the Three Co-Directors of MSTI:


RACHEL NEEDLE, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist. In addition to being a Co-Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, Dr. Needle is also the founder of the Whole Health Psychological Center and the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute. She is an Adjunct Professor in three programs at Nova Southeastern University and her research and clinical work has been featured in publications and at conferences around the world. Dr. Needle is often quoted in the media.


JOE KORT, Ph.D., LMSW, CST is a Licensed Sex and Relationship therapist. He specializes in sex therapy, LGBTQ issues and Imago Relationship Therapy. Dr. Kort is the author of four books, a regular blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and he is the Co-Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.


RICKY SIEGEL, Ph.D., LMHC, CST is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board-Certified Sex Therapist. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and maintaining a private sex therapy practice. He enjoys a reputation as a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising sex therapists. Dr. Siegel is the Co-Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

Check out MSTI’s offerings and calendar of upcoming events:

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