General’s Women Session Oct 2015 – A Mental Health Perspective

Around each General Conference I try to share my thoughts about the messages we receive.  I don’t usually get around to comment on all the talks – just from a time perspective.  But I will do my best to cover a majority before our next conference. I have found that these General Conference messages go [Read More...]

Compassion Called For Please while Reading of the “Letter”

This has been a historical week for those in the United States – with the Supreme Court ruling on what constitutes civil rights regarding marriage in our country. We now are left as a church to decide how we are going to respond to our own reactions, other’s reactions and official church reactions that are [Read More...]

The Effects of Excommunication on All of Us: Healing Perspectives

This week the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has once again been in the news in regards to the excommunication of one of our own: this time it’s John Dehlin of Mormon Stories – only months after the excommunication of Kate Kelly of Ordain Women.  There have been lesser, yet still painful ramifications (losing callings, not being able [Read More...]

Support for LGBTQ Rights? Not convinced…

Due to the repercussions for public health and safety, I feel it is important to comment on yesterday’s LDS press conference.   Our leaders spoke of the church’s support for some civil rights for LGBTQ citizens: such as housing and employment protection. This is good (and many in our church, land and abroad need to [Read More...]

TLC’s My Husband’s not Gay…

Natasha, I’m curious.  Josh Weed’s story is similar to what the new TLC show “My Husband’s Gay” is portraying.  Do you feel like Josh and Lolly’s decisions are a mistake or is there room for each gay LDS person to choose the kind of life and relationship they feel brings them the most happiness?  In [Read More...]

Advocacy against Female Circumcision

As our church becomes more and more of a global entity – we are bound to come across cultural and ethical dynamics that run drastically counter to our beliefs and values as Latter-day Saints.  Gender inequality is a problem that occurs in many different situations – including our own church.  However, today I’d like to [Read More...]

Finding your ACE Score

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study I recommend we familiarize ourselves with.  The reality that childhood trauma affects our health, social, and economic wellbeing is one that needs addressing.  Especially behavior that can often be seen through the religious lens of “sin” instead of seeing a larger picture that can often be much more complicated. Figuring out your [Read More...]

Common Sex Taboos within a Mormon Marriage Workshop

Common Sex Taboos within a Mormon Marriage Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) Salt Lake City, UT Ticket Information Registration per person: $35 Event Details Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington will broach common taboo sexual topics many LDS couples do not [Read More...]

The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA)

Mormon Mental Health Association FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE our first annual conference is around the corner – please help spread the word! The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) is excited to announce their first annual conference in Salt Lake City Utah, July 31st from 6:00-9:00pm. Come join with other clinicians, educators and advocates working with the [Read More...]

Is gender inequality bad for mental health?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Mormon community here.   I know this is a difficult subject to dialogue about in our current state within Mormonism – where things can seem pretty polarized in light of the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly.  [Read More...]