Book Review: God Told Me to Hate You

I was asked by Patheos to do the following book review: In God Told Me to Hate You: An Evangelical Minister’s Escape from the Clerical Closet, Tom Muzzio describes his journey as an Evangelical Christian convert who became a prominent clergyman but eventually loses his faith due to a combination of facing his homosexual orientation [Read More…]

AASECT Position on Sex and Porn NOT being Addictive

Breaking news in the sex therapy field! “This Statement was sent to the over 2,000 AASECT members this afternoon. It is the first statement of its kind by a national sexuality, mental health, sexual medicine, sexual science or sexuality education national organization in the United States to make a written statement of position on the [Read More…]

How are we a “light” to the world?

Most relationships are complicated… not all good… not all bad…  My relationship with my religion and Christian people in general (especially after this election season and some of the trends we saw from the “religious right”) definitely falls into this category. The gospel messages and basic principles are so beautiful, helpful and true. Love one [Read More…]

Count Your Many Blessings

Happier Human Did you know that being grateful actually improves overall well-being?  On this Thanksgiving eve I thought I would remind us of the great research being done in the field of Positive Psychology, where the focus stays centered on how people successfully find contentment and meaning in their lives.  Small things like keeping a gratitude journal, [Read More…]

Developing Sexual Well-being

Developing Sexual Well-being Natasha Helfer Parker and Kristin Marie Bennion – two Certified Sex Therapists – will be offering a 3-hour workshop addressing intimacy and sexuality on December 28, 2016 from 6-9 pm. This is sure to be a fun, lighthearted learning experience addressing common issues that come up for couples and individuals. People often [Read More…]

“I am Mormon and Transgender – I Need Your Love”

With the recent surge of harassment and intimidation that has been reported widespread throughout our country this past week since the USA election results… I find this following guest very timely. Transgender people are more than twice as likely to experience some form of physical violence than the general population. Not to mention emotional abuse [Read More…]

Post-Election Support

My colleague, Isa Bischoff Jones, reached out to me a day after we had received the news of the USA elections result and shared with me some of her concerns and the distress she was seeing with many of her clients — an experience I was also having with mine. We decided to host a [Read More…]

Anniversary of Nov 5th Abusive Policy Leak

It’s difficult to believe that it’s only been a year since the leak of the policy changes in regards to LGBTQ+ members in our church. I remember having a guest in our home I had never met before — one of the wonderful things of LDS communities… she needed a place to stay since she [Read More…]

Hope for Sexual Assault Victims at BYU

I am extremely heartened by the changes we have seen announced last week, October 26, by Brigham Young University after an investigation was launched into how they were previously handling cases of sexual assault.  Among some of the most important changes: Title IX workers, who help provide services to sexual assault victims, will be located [Read More…]

Excommunication: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Last week there was so much going on in the Mormon world, that I did the classic response of not writing about any of it. Goodness. It’s my goal to address many of these topics this week. Tyler Glenn came out with his album, Excommunication October 21. An album I know has everything to do with [Read More…]