The Harvey Institute provides assessment, individual and group therapy for men of all sexual orientations concerned about their consensual out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). The Harvey Institute sexual health psychotherapy process collaborates with men to contemplate their conflicts with their sexual behavior and to develop and maintain their personal vision for sexual health.
“How do I know if my sexual behavior is out of control?”
For many men this question is very subjective and they unfortunately wait for a spouse, loved one or their employer to discover their hidden sexual life before considering help. We believe the most important person to evaluate his personal conflict with regulating sexual behavior is the man experiencing the dilemma. We help men contemplate “What is your conflict with your sexual behavior?” and “What is your vision for your sexual health?” Since 1993, we have provided a safe, sexually informed and confidential space for sexual health conversations.
Therapy Services Offered
We provide assessment, individual and group therapy for men of all sexual orientations concerned about their consensual out of control sexual behavior. We refer men involved in non-consensual sexual behavior to local specialists for assessment before they experience the devastating consequences of arrest and prosecution.
Doug Braun-Harvey is a sexual health psychotherapist, treating what is commonly called “sexual addiction” as a problem of men being of “two-minds.” They have competing motivations to both stop and continue their hidden sexual life. We provide a sexual health space to suspend judgment and create hope for change.
Clarifies each client’s individual sexual behavior concerns in a safe, non-judgmental environment with an expert in OCSB (Out of Control Sexual Behavior) treatment. The assessment process is a collaborative process leading to a recommendation of whether specific treatment for OCSB is recommended and creating treatment goals and a sexual health plan that form the foundation of recovery.
Weekly professionally facilitated outpatient group psychotherapy is an essential aspect of treatment and healing for men with OCSB. A central skill for sexual health and OCSB recovery is to regain control of sexual behavior, strengthen relationships and confidently learn and maintain a personal vision of sexual health.
What is out of control Sexual Behavior (OCSB)?
Who does The Harvey Institute treat for OCSB?
How does a man know when his sexual behavior may be out of control?
What if I want to talk with someone about my sexual behavior?
What kind of out-of-control sexual behaviors do you treat?
Most other sexual behaviors, either solo, partnered or with multiple partners that may be out-of-control is considered for possible treatment.
What are the symptoms for out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB)?
Sometimes an extreme or unusual sexual turn-on, arousal or sexual interest that is well within usual adult male sexual behavior can be prematurely labeled OCSB.
To avoid premature evaluation a thorough clinical evaluation and assessment is essential for all men with OCSB symptoms.
For many men OCSB symptoms are in direct conflict with their sexual health and functioning.
- Relentless and intrusive sexual thoughts,
- Distressing images of sexual fantasies or urges,
- Repetitive embarrassing or humiliating consequences from sexual behavior,
- Harboring significant secret or double life from spouse, family or employer,
- Preoccupied thoughts of sex or planning next sexual activity,
- Continuing the sexual behavior despite recurrent negative consequences,
- Risk of sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy or HIV infection.
- Negative consequences include legal problems, loss of job, loss of relationship, custody of children, one’s self-respect.
How do men with OCSB attain sexual health?
- Helping men with a sexual values conflict understand and determine a course of action to address and resolve the conflict is a common approach. When a man’s sexual health conflict is successfully faced and resolved, his symptoms of OCSB will often resolve as well.
- Helping men understand their individual causes for OCSB. We see sexual health as the goal for treatment. Inviting men to envision sexual health and develop a sexual health plan that defines their own boundaries and aspirations for improving and maintaining their sexual health.
- OCSB symptoms are an indication of men needing to realign their concept of sexual health and to change thoughts, values, attitudes, behaviors and beliefs to respect, protect and fulfill their vision of sexual health. Using that as a premise to begin treatment is helpful in achieving long-term sexual health.
- Men in OCSB recovery improve their ability to manage and regulate sexual behavior and urges while enjoying the pleasure and positive aspects of sex. Men in recovery come to rely on a wide variety of resources for regulating, experiencing and processing feelings, emotions and relationships and move away from retreating into sexual fantasy, activity and orgasm as their primary source for experiencing their emotions. Men in recovery address untreated or inadequately treated depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, personality patterns and trauma history. Some may have an unconventional or unusual sexual turn-on that they come to accept and integrate within their sexual life with themselves or their partners. Recovering men increase their enjoyment and effectiveness in relationship with partners, friends, family, co-workers and their spiritual principles.
What are the treatment options?
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy for heterosexual men
- Group therapy for gay men
- Treatment coordination with other treatment providers
- Couples consultation for treatment recommendations and summary
- Referral to couples therapy
- Referral to other specialists
How do I contact The Harvey Institute?
Please call 619.528.8360 or go to the contact page.
To ensure complete confidentiality, a voice mail message by phone is the preferred first contact for patient inquiring about psychotherapy. First contact messages by email or text message for potential therapy patients will be directed to call the confidential voice mail and leave a message. This ensures the privacy and confidentiality of your inquiry. Doug Braun-Harvey is the only person who will hear a voice message.
If you are meeting with Doug Braun-Harvey for the first time, please print and complete the new client and client consent forms and bring them to your initial meeting.
- New Client Information Sheet
- Client Consent for Treatment Form
- Group Guidelines Sexual Health Group for Gay Men
- Group Guidelines Sexual Health Group Therapy for Men
- Sexual Health Group Psychotherapy for Gay Men
- Sexual Health Psychotherapy Group for Men
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Inventory (ACE)
- Sexual Symptom Assessment Scale (SSAS)
- What is your Attachment Style?
- HYPERSEXUAL BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES SCALE
- Comfort and Willingness Scale
- Men and Online Sexual Behavior: Worry, Problem or Compulsion? Free online lecture by Doug Braun-Harvey