Clarification is Deficient

The First Presidency came out with a ‘clarification’ letter today regarding the policies that were released last week. I see only two slight positives. 1. Less families/children will be affected. 2. Local authority will have more leeway to act (hopefully) appropriately by ignoring these policies all together.  But the fact remains that the policies are still [Read More...]

Families Post #5

These stories are very personal and can be emotionally and psychologically triggering. Anonymous Last night I wrote my bishop explaining that my family would be taking a break from church due to the new policy. I then began to sob. I couldn’t push send, I made my husband do it. This hurts more and more [Read More...]

Thought for the Day

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.   Carl Jung [Read more...]

Thought for the Day

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.  John Muir Natasha Helfer Parker can be contacted at [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...]

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...]

General Conf. – a Mental Health Perspective (Saturday Afternoon)

We find ourselves once again gathered like the people of Benjamin to listen to the spiritual leaders of our day.  I have found that these General Conference messages go on to color our spiritual lens in a variety of ways for the foreseeable future – in family, church, internet and many other settings.  And as [Read More...]

New Podcasts Available

There are two new podcasts up on Mormon Mental Health: Powerful Puberty: How Self-Care of Mothers Impacts their Adolescent Daughters featuring an interview with Lilian Starling, CMT and Depression and LDS Women featuring Dr. Kris Doty. [Read more...]

Anal Sex Revisited

I’d like to take responsibility and apologize for the original post I wrote in March of 2009 regarding the act of anal sex: Are Oral and/or Anal Sex Wrong?.  I was asked if it was appropriate behavior within the bounds of marriage.  Although I normalized why many find this practice enjoyable, I made a reference to [Read More...]

Respectful Commenting

I just want to remind everyone that I have a “no tolerance” policy for harsh or unkind comments.  There are plenty of places we can have those types of conversations on the web – and I really try hard to keep this a respectful space where everyone can feel safe and supported – even when [Read More...]