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Mormon Mental Health is an online mental health resource serving the Mormon community through hosting mental health podcasts. Mormon Mental Health was created in response to an increasing demand for an easy way to inform and connect Mormons seeking mental health services with resources and professionals that address Mormon culture, Mormon beliefs, and the issues unique to Mormon family and community systems. Mormon Mental Health is a service of Mormon Stories and the Open Stories Foundation. Mormon Stories explicitly seeks to align all operations with the Mormon Stories Shared Values Statement. Additionally, we endeavor to ensure that the projects we undertake 1) support individuals in Mormon-related faith crises, 2) save marriages where appropriate, 3) heal families, and 4) celebrate, challenge, and advance Mormon culture in healthy ways.

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Mormon Mental Health is an online mental health resource serving the Mormon community through hosting mental health podcasts. Mormon Mental Health was created in response to an increasing demand for an easy way to inform and connect Mormons seeking mental health services with resources and professionals that address Mormon culture, Mormon beliefs, and the issues unique to Mormon family and community systems. Mormon Mental Health is a service of Mormon Stories and the Open Stories Foundation. Mormon Stories explicitly seeks to align all operations with the Mormon Stories Shared Values Statement. Additionally, we endeavor to ensure that the projects we undertake 1) support individuals in Mormon-related faith crises, 2) save marriages where appropriate, 3) heal families, and 4) celebrate, challenge, and advance Mormon culture in healthy ways.

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By tifflee4 - May 17 2019
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Please help those of us out there that at divorced and now not allowed to possibly ever have sex again!!!! Help the guilt is heavy we are loosing amazing saints and there is zero guidance. I’m in my 40s and drive is high but joy allowed to pursue. Help

Very insightful and helpful!

By gclev81 - Apr 25 2018
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I have to say that I was admittedly somewhat of a skeptic at first regarding some of the topics that were discussed as I was a believing member of the Mormon faith. Natasha and her colleagues have great insight into the emotional states of the various “tribes” that are shamed and shunned by the church. Listening has also helped me not shame or hate myself for some of the issues that I personally have dealt with throughout my life. Thank you for providing me with a different and refreshing point of view.

iTunes Ratings

88 Ratings
Average Ratings
58
14
2
4
10

Midsingles

By tifflee4 - May 17 2019
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Please help those of us out there that at divorced and now not allowed to possibly ever have sex again!!!! Help the guilt is heavy we are loosing amazing saints and there is zero guidance. I’m in my 40s and drive is high but joy allowed to pursue. Help

Very insightful and helpful!

By gclev81 - Apr 25 2018
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I have to say that I was admittedly somewhat of a skeptic at first regarding some of the topics that were discussed as I was a believing member of the Mormon faith. Natasha and her colleagues have great insight into the emotional states of the various “tribes” that are shamed and shunned by the church. Listening has also helped me not shame or hate myself for some of the issues that I personally have dealt with throughout my life. Thank you for providing me with a different and refreshing point of view.
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Mormon Mental Health Podcast

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Mormon Mental Health is an online mental health resource serving the Mormon community through hosting mental health podcasts. Mormon Mental Health was created in response to an increasing demand for an easy way to inform and connect Mormons seeking mental health services with resources and professionals that address Mormon culture, Mormon beliefs, and the issues unique to Mormon family and community systems. Mormon Mental Health is a service of Mormon Stories and the Open Stories Foundation. Mormon Stories explicitly seeks to align all operations with the Mormon Stories Shared Values Statement. Additionally, we endeavor to ensure that the projects we undertake 1) support individuals in Mormon-related faith crises, 2) save marriages where appropriate, 3) heal families, and 4) celebrate, challenge, and advance Mormon culture in healthy ways.

Rank #1: 148: Mormon Sex Info Shares: Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure with Sheri Winston

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Sheri Winston joins Natasha on this episode of Mormon Sex Info. Sheri is the author of "Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure." Natasha and Sheri discuss her book and specifically the ways in which women experience sexual pleasure.   To find out more about Sheri and the work she is doing, please visit:   https://intimateartscenter.com   To purchase the book, please go here:   https://intimateartscenter.com/shop/the-book-womens-anatomy-of-arousal/

Jul 07 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #2: 179: Masturbation, Values, and Kids with Natasha Heifer-Parker, MFT, CST

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Natasha was recently a guest on Braxton Dutson’s “Birds and Bees Podcast.” Braxton is a LCSW and Certified Sex Therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah. He works at The Healing Group and can be found here:

https://www.thehealinggroup.com/therapists/2018/4/20/braxton-dutson-lcsw-cst

About the episode: 

Masturbation, There are a lot of euphemisms for the word that makes many people uncomfortable to talk about. Let's face it, many parents are worried about what it means if their child masturbates. 

If you are a parent who wants to be able to support your child in building values around masturbation while also avoiding shaming them then this episode is for you. Braxton and Natasha Heifer-Parker, MFT, CST are here to help dispel myths, talk about values, talk about masturbation, and to support parents in creating a value-centric view on masturbation. This is especially supportive for those who live in religious communities and practice themselves. 

Many of us have grown up in a religious setting that explicitly or overtly teaches values about masturbation. It is difficult to be able to follow these values while also addressing the reality that the majority of children are participating in self-soothing/masturbation practices. 

In this Episode we explore: 

The question "when does masturbation usually start?"

Speaking to values when addressing masturbation 

Different approaches to conversations about masturbation with your child. 

Avoiding shame when having these (multiple) conversations. 

Creating "I Do's" in what you value, VS following a "to Do" list.

Historical views of Masturbation and how they affect us now. 

Identifying what we want for our children as a sexual being later in life. 

Offering a value-centric view on Masturbation in religious communities while addressing the ways we can best support our children. 

Natasha Helfer-Parker, MFT, CST speaks with Braxton about being able to explore these topics, address uncomfortable situations, and improve your understanding about "The M word." 

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Read more at https://birdsandbeespodcast.libsyn.com/#8HRf8D8XJYV090ou.99   Check out the “Birds and the Bees Podcast” Page here: https://birdsandbeespodcast.libsyn.com   Please consider donating to Mormon Mental Health by going to mormonmentalhealth.org.
May 20 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #3: 173: “The Next Mormon: How Millennials are changing the LDS Church” from a Mental Health Perspective

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Dr. Jana Reiss and Dr. Benjamin Knoll recently released a book about a survey they performed and the results, specially about Millennials. The book started 2011 when Dr. Reiss was interested in childhood and adolescents within Mormonism. But it then changed when Jana became interested in how those children are as adults, how the religion informed them and how those teachings in childhood might affect adult retention and religiosity. She then created a survey which was to see if there was intergenerational change and difference within the Mormon community itself. The book is a result of the survey.

Natasha approaches the conversation from a mental health standpoint and, specifically, a faith transition standpoint (faith transition does not necessarily mean leaving the church).    Dr. Jana Reiss has a Doctorate in American Religion and is a Columnist for Religion News Service.   Dr. Benjamin Knoll is a Political Science Professor at Center College in Kentucky. He specializes in politics and religion and specifically how we can understand religious and political behavior using public opinion surveys.

 You can find out more about them and the book by going to: thenextmormons.org

Please consider becoming a monthly subscriber to help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019.
Apr 02 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #4: 169: Response to Elder and Sister Redlunds talk about Faith, Doubt and Doubters

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Recently Elder and Sister Redlunds did a talk in Hawaii for young adults regarding faith, doubt and doubters. Mike Hancey joins Natasha to discuss their reactions to the talk and how damaging it can be to those going through a faith crisis or transition.

Mike recently resigned from the church. He shares his experience going through his own personal crisis and why this talk was the catalyst to resign. He also shares his thoughts on what he would tell the Redlunds if he could.

The original talk can be found here:

https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-and-sister-renlund-discuss-faith-doubt-worldwide-broadcast

Natasha and Mike discuss the gospel essays the church has recently started to come out with. You can find the links here: https://www.lds.org/topics/essays?lang=eng

Please visit https://www.natashaparker.org/ for upcoming events. To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Mar 05 2019
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #5: 156: A Personal Story of Child Sexual Abuse by an Uncle who is Currently Serving as a Bishop

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Jared and Juli Egley traveled to Wichita, KS, to share their story in detail with Natasha. Jared experienced sexual abuse as a child by his uncle who is currently serving as a bishop.   Please note: explicit details are shared about the abuse   As of the posting of this podcast, the area president and Jared’s Uncle’s Stake President are refusing to take any action.   Natasha refers to this story in a previous episode, without using Jared and Juli’s names. To listen to episode 137, please go here:    https://www.mormonmentalhealth.org/137-sex-in-the-mormon-news-april-2018/   Please consider donating to Mormon Mental Health to keep the podcast going past 2018. To donate, please visit mormonmentalhealth.org.
Sep 21 2018
3 hours 10 mins
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Rank #6: 170: Why “Sex Addiction” Isn’t a Thing – A Personal Story

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On this episode of Mormon Sex Info, Matt Fullmer joins Natasha to share his experience going through “Sex Addiction Treatment,” coming from the Mormon Tradition. He shares his experiences with the treatment as the church ramped up its porn rhetoric, why the treatment didn’t work for him and why he’s now better off realizing that this type of treatment is not clinically sound nor effective.

To find a certified sex therapist in your area, please visit: AASECT.org

Please visit https://www.natashaparker.org/ for upcoming events.

Mar 11 2019
2 hours 26 mins
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Rank #7: 162: A Personal Story of Depression

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Lisa Butterworth joins Natasha to discuss her personal journey with depression. Having never had any major issues, recently Lisa finds herself battling with it. She discusses how she deals with it on a personal level but also as a mental health professional.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Lisa has a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a provider at Symmetry Solutions. You can find out more about her here: https://www.symmetrysols.com/lisa-butterworth

She is also the founder of the popular Feminist Mormon Housewives website which you can find here: http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.

Jan 01 2019
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #8: 180: Thomas Lynch, Founder of RO-DBT Therapy

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In episode 168, Natasha was joined by Kevin Kloosterman, a trained RO-DBT Therapist. RO-DBT is a more recent therapy model and Kevin shared his thoughts on the model. You can find the episode by going here: 

https://www.mormonmentalhealth.org/168-kevin-kloosterman-and-ro-dbt-therapy/

In this episode, Kevin is back along with Thomas Lynch, the founder of RO-DBT. They are joined by Erica Smith Lynch, who happens to be Thomas’ wife. The group discuss the beginnings of the treatment, how Kevin became involved, and what it is which includes that it is a trans-diagnostic treatment approach with roots in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).

Thomas Lynch is a professor Emeritus at the school of Psychology at the University of South Hampton. He was the director of the Duke Cognitive Research Program at Duke University until 2007. Currently he is the director of Emotion and Personality Biobehavioral laboratory at the University of South Hampton. He’s been the recipient of large research grants from different sources including the National Institute of Health. He is also the recipient of the John M. Road’s Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar.

RO-DBT and Thomas Lynch as the founder are recognized internationally. You can find out more about Thomas, including his publications by going here:

http://www.radicallyopen.net/about-the-treatment-developer/

Erica Smith Lynch is the Chief Executive of “Radically Open” and the director of treatment development and training for RO-DBT. She’s been a part of the development of this model since 2008 and has been working alongside Thomas in training therapists.

Kevin Kloosterman has been a former bishop and served on the board of the Mormon Mental Health Associations (mormonmentalhealthassoc.org). To find out more about Kevin, you can go to his website: https://relationquest.com/about-us

They reference DBT and its founder, Marsha Linehan. You can find out more about her by going here:

https://behavioraltech.org/about-us/founded-by-marsha/

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 29 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #9: 144: Depression, Mormonism, and Faith Transitions Part 1

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In light of a statement on LDS.org declaring, “An inability to feel the spirit … is often a symptom of poor mental health,” Natasha Helfer Parker, MFT CSTand John Dehlin, Ph.D. are joined by our guest Matt to speak about his experiences with Mormon faith crisis, depression, and suicidality—issues he has dealt with for 20 years.

According to Matt, it makes him angry to read that his struggles were a trial, test, or blessing from God, or that he could have been healed if he had more faith, prayed, or hadn’t “sinned.” Matt believes that religious observance is not a cure for mental health illness, and in these episodes, Natasha and John discuss how Mormonism, and in particular a faith transition in the context of Mormonism, can exacerbate the symptoms of depression.

Part 1: Natasha and John discuss depression and then introduce our guest, Matt

Part 2: Matt shares his faith transition and how it affected his mental health

Part 3: Natasha, John, and Matt discuss the LDS Church’s statement regarding mental health and the ability to feel the “Spirit”

Natasha will be in Houston the beginning of July and will be attending the Sunstone Symposium at the end of July where she will be presenting multiple sessions as well as have a booth that she encourages all to stop by. For more information, please visit her website: natashaparker.org

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https://www.mormonstories.org/houston/

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/2018-salt-lake-summer-symposium/

Thank you to all that have donated to Mormon Mental Health. To donate, please go here and consider becoming a monthly supporter: www.mormonmentalhealth.org

Jun 12 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #10: 167: A Response to the New Temple Wording

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In this episode of Mormon Mental Health, Natasha discusses the changes with the temple wording and why the changes might have mental health implications for the members of the church. She is joined by:   Sarah Hughes-Zabawa, LSCW, living in Montana specializing in trauma and specific women’s issues and a wellness coach with Symmetry Solutions. https://www.symmetrysols.com/sara-hughes-zabawa   Jimmy Bridges, PhD student at Kansas State University studying queer Mormon populations while clinical work mainly focuses on couples working and engaging men in the therapy process. He is also a clinician for Symmetry Solutions. https://www.symmetrysols.com/jimmybridges   Lisa Butterworth, LPC, NCC, is a wellness coach with Symmetry Solutions and a therapist as well as the founder of the Feminist Mormon Housewives. https://www.symmetrysols.com/lisa-butterworth http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org   Jimmy mentions Michael Kimmel’s approach that making men aware of gender leads to equality. http://lcw.lehman.cuny.edu/academics/inter/women-studies/documents/why-men.pdf   To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.
Feb 19 2019
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #11: 159: Post Traumatic Growth

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Mormon Mental Health Association Colleague, Kelly Furr, joins Natasha on this episode of Mormon Mental Health.Kelly is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Florida. She helped with the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 14, 2018, as members of the community were directly affected. Kelly shares her experience while also sharing insights into how to help victims affected by trauma.

For more information about Kelly, you can visit her website: kellyfurr.com

You can also email her at kellyfurrtherapy@gmail.com 

Her areas of expertise include: 

Couple and Parent-Child Relationships, Spirituality and Religious Issues, Crisis Counseling After a Traumatic Event, Grief and Loss, Perfectionism, Sports and Performance Psychology, Women's Issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapy, Multiculturalism and Diversity, Disabilities

Services: Therapy with Families, Couples and Individuals, Psycho-Educational Presentations, Online Coaching.

Oct 17 2018
1 hour
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Rank #12: 154: Sandy’s Response to Church Discipline

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Natasha has a returning guest in this episode of Mormon Mental Health. “Sandy” joined Natasha previously to share her story of sexual assault in the church by her bishop when she was 8 years old. With recent news of Sam Young’s looming excommunication, “Sandy” shares her reaction to it and goes into why she submitted her story to the Protect LDS Children website in the first place.   To see her story, go here:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klXw_sFoJLo&feature=youtu.be   To listen to Sandy’s two-part podcast with Natasha, go here:   https://www.mormonmentalhealth.org/episode-124-protect-lds-children-one-of-the-many-stories-part-1/   & here:   https://www.mormonmentalhealth.org/episode-125-protect-lds-children-one-of-the-many-stories-part-2/     Please consider visiting Sam Young’s website at protectldschildren.org   To help keep this podcast alive past 2018, please consider donating by going here: https://donorbox.org/mormon-mental-health?recurring=true
Sep 07 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #13: 143: Setting Boundaries with Parents and In-Laws

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Jennifer White, CSW, returns on this episode of Mormon Mental Health as Natasha continues her series on boundaries. In this episode, Jennifer and Natasha discuss boundaries with parents post-mission, the engagement period and then after marriage. James joins the discussion to share his experience with his in-laws in his marriage especially how he and his wife have gone through a faith transition.

Natasha finishes up the episode by giving 4 tips to help with setting boundaries with parents and in-laws.

References:

Dr. Julie Hanks

http://www.drjuliehanks.com/2017/02/01/25-things-not-to-say-to-believing-loved-ones-when-you-leave-the-church/

Natasha will be in Houston the beginning of July and will be attending the Sunstone Symposium at the end of July where she will be presenting multiple sessions as well as have a booth that she encourages all to stop by. For more information, please visit her website: natashaparker.org

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https://www.mormonstories.org/houston/

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/2018-salt-lake-summer-symposium/

Thank you to all that have donated to Mormon Mental Health. To donate, please go here and consider becoming a monthly supporter: www.mormonmentalhealth.org

Jun 05 2018
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #14: 178: A Personal Story: Gay Son’s Death after Exclusion Policy Announcement

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Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Alyson & George Deussen, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who lost a son, who identified as gay, to suicide almost three years ago after the exclusion policy had been announced. They discuss, among other things, their response to the policy reversal announced recently.   Alyson and George have found a great community in affirmations. To find out more, please visit: affirmations.org   To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.
May 13 2019
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #15: 136: A Personal Story of LGBTQ Discrimination in the LDS Church

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Jim Summers joins Natasha as he discusses his sexual orientation and how it didn’t fit the traditional LDS mold and specifically the impact that it had on him, the choices he made and where he’s at today.

Thank you to all that have donated to Mormon Mental Health. To donate, please go here and consider becoming a monthly supporter: www.mormonmentalhealth.org

Apr 17 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #16: 161: Differentiation

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Michelle Washburn-Busk and Jimmy Bridges join Natasha on this episode of Mormon Mental Health. They are both current PhD candidate students at Kansas State, working towards the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

The episode starts with Natasha sharing her background with differentiation, her education on it and how her view of it has evolved. Michelle and Jimmy talk about building off of Ryan and Deci’s “Self-Determination Theory”. They also discuss differentiation in sexuality among other things. 

Michelle can be reached at: mbusk@andrewsin.net or mbusk@ksu.edu

Or at Andrews Associates in Manhattan, KS

Jimmy can be reached at jamesgb@ksu.edu. He is also a provider at Symmetry Solutions. You can find out more about him here: https://www.symmetrysols.com/jimmybridges

Some references from the episode:

“Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness” by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci

The Olson Circumplex Model

“Differentiation of Self: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives” by Peter Titelman

“Passionate Marriage” by David Schnarch

And, Michelle’s Spirit Animals:

Brené Brown: https://brenebrown.com

Sue Monk Kidd: https://suemonkkidd.com

To help Mormon Mental Health be going past 2018, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Nov 27 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #17: 174: Group Therapy Dealing with Sexual Concerns at BYU

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BYU Faculty Members and Therapists at BYU, Marty Erickson and Michael Buxton, join Natasha on this episode of Mormon Sex Info. They discuss the group therapy they do at BYU for students surrounding sexual concerns. The program follows the “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” (ACT). CAPS (the department of counseling at BYU) is available for students and they stress confidentiality.   In this episode they talk about the evolution of the therapy, what a group sessions looks like and how they’ve seen the results.   Marty is a part time faculty member at BYU and is the president of the Mormon Mental Health Association. He is a licensed marriage family therapist with a masters and PhD. He has worked at BYU for over 8 years and works at Alliance Behavior Psychology in Orem.   Links to Marty online: https://caps.byu.edu/node/marty-erickson https://alliancebehavioralpsychology.com/marty-erickson-phd/   Michael is a full time faculty member at BYU. He went to BYU for undergrad and went to the University of Georgia or a masters and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.   Link to Michael Buxton online: https://caps.byu.edu/node/mike-buxton   Please consider becoming a monthly subscriber to help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019.
Apr 15 2019
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #18: 138: Consent & Boundaries for Allies of Sexual Assault Victims & Survivors

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Sarah Hughes-Zabawa, LCSW, and Jennifer White, CSW, join Natasha to discuss consent and ways that we can better equip ourselves whether as leaders in the church, family members, supports and allies for anyone that has had to deal with any type of sexual assault.

Discussed in this topic are articles including, Myths about Rape and How to Teach Consent to Kids from everydyafeminism.com:  

https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/02/how-to-teach-consent-to-kids/

Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.

May 01 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #19: 146: Depression, Mormonism, and Faith Transitions Part 3

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In light of a statement on LDS.org declaring, “An inability to feel the spirit … is often a symptom of poor mental health,” Natasha Helfer Parker, MFT CSTand John Dehlin, Ph.D. are joined by our guest Matt to speak about his experiences with Mormon faith crisis, depression, and suicidality—issues he has dealt with for 20 years.

According to Matt, it makes him angry to read that his struggles were a trial, test, or blessing from God, or that he could have been healed if he had more faith, prayed, or hadn’t “sinned.” Matt believes that religious observance is not a cure for mental health illness, and in these episodes, Natasha and John discuss how Mormonism, and in particular a faith transition in the context of Mormonism, can exacerbate the symptoms of depression.

Part 1: Natasha and John discuss depression and then introduce our guest, Matt

Part 2: Matt shares his faith transition and how it affected his mental health

Part 3: Natasha, John, and Matt discuss the LDS Church’s statement regarding mental health and the ability to feel the “Spirit”

Natasha will be in Houston the beginning of July and will be attending the Sunstone Symposium at the end of July where she will be presenting multiple sessions as well as have a booth that she encourages all to stop by. For more information, please visit her website: natashaparker.org

OR

https://www.mormonstories.org/houston/

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/2018-salt-lake-summer-symposium/

Thank you to all that have donated to Mormon Mental Health. To donate, please go here and consider becoming a monthly supporter: www.mormonmentalhealth.org

Jun 12 2018
56 mins
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Rank #20: 139: What We Can Learn from Community of Christ about Faith Transitions

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On this episode of Mormon Mental Health, Natasha is joined by Karin Franklin Peter who is a Community of Christ minister and serves on the Council of Presidents of Seventy. Natasha and Karin discuss Karin's personal spiritual journey in the church, the reaction by members in the church and current changes taking place.

Natasha sums up the episode by mentioning some of the mental health practices that Karin and the Community of Christ employ that both Mormons and non-Mormons alike can learn from.

For more information on the Community of Christ, please visit their website:www.cofchrist.org

Karin also hosts a Community of Christ podcast, Project Zion Podcast. To find out more, please visit: projectzionpodcast.org/tag/community-of-christ/

Thank you to all that have donated to Mormon Mental Health. To donate, please go here and consider becoming a monthly supporter: www.mormonmentalhealth.org

Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.

May 08 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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