2 Years Later Abusive Policy Still Stands

Like many things that seem like an alternate reality these days… it’s hard to believe today marks the 2-year anniversary of the non-doctrinal policy our top church leaders decided to pass off as revelation which uniquely ostracizes and punishes LGB members of our church. It’s been incredibly disheartening as a mental health professional to see our membership become so polarized on such a sensitive and often misunderstood topic… unnecessarily so. And at the detriment of our gay, lesbian and bisexual… Read more

Kicked Out of Church for NOT Being Racist

One issue I have to take ownership on is my overall silence on many of the race issues that have been front and center throughout our country in the past few years… including the “Black Lives Matter” movement, police brutality and ongoing race relation problems we see playing out on a regular basis in our own church. Even though I’ve done a few podcasts and written pieces addressing this topic, I own that there have been many times when I’ve… Read more

How Haunted Houses, Consent and Sexuality Intertwine – Part 2

How One Haunted House in Utah Illustrates Perfectly Why We Need to Teach Our Kids (and adults) About Consent and Sexual Health  By Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST  Today’s guest post is written by Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Kristin Hodson is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group and co-author of Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality. She is a Certified Sex Therapist… Read more

How Haunted Houses, Consent and Sexuality Intertwine – Part 1

How One Haunted House in Utah Illustrates Perfectly WHY We Need to Teach Our Kids (and adults) About Consent and Sexual Health  By Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST  Today’s guest post is written by Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Kristin Hodson is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group and co-author of Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality. She is a Certified Sex Therapist… Read more

More Important Interviews Debunking “Sex Addiction”

I am always in awe that I’ve been able to rub elbows with some of the best sex therapists in the country. I have attended trainings where I heard Dr. Coleman speak and I’ve had many instances to interact with Dr. Ley with his kindness in being willing to give interviews and share information, as well as presenting on a panel at AASECT with him just this last summer. Michael Vigorito has partnered with Doug Braun-Harvey in forming an effective… Read more

Dr. Nicole Prause: Science does not support Sex Addiction Tx Centers

I’ve interviewed Dr. Nicole Prause for Mormon Sex Info and been on a panel with her discussing this very issue at length. Let’s please educate ourselves and our children/teens appropriately. It affects the ability to attain effective treatment for real problems…. it affects avoiding unnecessary shaming when the issue is more about values discrepancies… and it affects accountability for criminal and abusive behavior.  What we name this DOES matter!! What Research has to Say about Porn Viewing Challenging the Porn… Read more

And They Shall Become as One…Except We Are Still Two

I struggle to know how to manage the differences in marriage. On the one hand I want to compromise and work as a team. But other times I feel like I’m losing myself. Especially now that we seem to have some differences in how we approach our beliefs and church membership. How do we know how to strike the right balance? Great question… you’re addressing the inescapable tension between “me” and “we” that all relationships have to dance and wrestle… Read more

Dinner & Sexuality Workshop in San Jose – Register Now

San Francisco Area (San Jose) – 11/11/2017 – Navigating Sexuality during and after a Faith Transition Natasha Helfer Parker will be in the Bay area on Saturday, 11/11/2017, to conduct an evening workshop on “Navigating Sexuality during and after a Faith Transition.” Description: Faith transitions affect many areas in a person’s life. One that is often not addressed directly by individuals, couples, therapists and/or spiritual leaders is that of sexuality. This workshop will provide frank and relevant information, as well… Read more

I’m Sorry…

I’m not sure what to say when people tell me something that has happened in their life that is really sad or traumatic? I usually say… “I’m so sorry.” Often, they reply by saying, “You don’t need to apologize. You didn’t do anything wrong.” And then I feel like I let them down somehow.  In Spanish we have two phrases: “perdoname”- which implies I have harmed you and am apologizing for what I did, and “lo siento”- which literally means… Read more

Drowning

As I read the following excerpt I was touched by the clarity of the point being made. So many of us are suffering in both common and extraordinary ways. Often right in front of each other. And there are so many things that can get in the way of recognizing suffering… much less figuring out ways to help. So many things to consider as we experience our own stories… and the stories happening in our family systems… in our neighborhoods…… Read more

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