Doug Braun-Harvey, sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist, bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment.

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What we talked about!

Doug Braun-Harvey is an expert in the field around sexual health and psychotherapy. We talk about how helpers can initiate the discussion around sexuality. Because people are whole beings, not just the issue where they go see a therapist for help. We talk about “feeling icky” and how professionals can challenge those feelings.

Education of mental health therapists often lack a sexual health or sexuality training. Our culture portrays therapists, in movies or TV, as being inappropriate when sex is brought up. The United States in particular poor at sexuality training, even many medical doctors may only have 4 hours of training around the parts of us that keep humanity around!

When uncomfortable people are not challenged on their discomfort, they can impact the discussion using authenticity. Helpers can impact the conversation with their words and help steer it to a healthy place.

Doug created the 6 S's of avoidance.

  • Silence
  • Silliness
  • Shame
  • Shyness
  • Suppression
  • Superstition

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