Clergy or Family Sex Abuse Study

Current study being done out of Nova Southeastern University comparing effects of clergy sexual abuse to incest.  These are very difficult issues for those who have lived through them - if you think it might be helpful to your healing process to participate in such a study, please follow the link below.  Feel free to pass the link along to others. Clergy Sex Abuse Study Most of the research on clergy sex abuse has been from the perspective of the abusers. Very little is currently known about t … [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, UTTicket InformationRegistration per person: $35Event DetailsNatasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington will broach common taboo sexual topics many LDS couples do not know how to discuss or bring up within their relationships.  There are many sexual messages found … [Read more...]

The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA)

Mormon Mental Health AssociationFIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCEour 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 Mormon population to learn, network and collaborate. Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Jennifer Finalyson-Fife, PhD and Dr. … [Read more...]

Take Survey – Mixed Faith Couples

You are invited to take a survey that my colleague Adam Fisher is conducting in conjunction with Thomas Sexton, Ph.D. at Indiana University.It is attempting to study the marital quality for couples who have experienced conflict and concern in their relationship after one partner seriously questions or doubts the couple’s beliefs related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The purpose of this study is to determine what contributes to marital quality in cases where one sp … [Read more...]

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

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 I participate in this bi-annual Mormon ritual, I -like many of you- have a myriad of insights, thoughts, questions, spiritual experiences, and concerns come up in regards to the many asp … [Read more...]

New Podcasts

Please check out the latest podcasts over at Mormon Mental Health which share some extremely important messages and have guests who were willing to speak to our LDS community from some really important organizations.SAMHSA on Mormon Mental Health :Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Administrator Pam Hyde, J.D. from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.  They discuss a variety of me … [Read more...]

Advocating for Your Gay Mormon Family Member

I recently had the opportunity to interview Wendy and Tom Montgomery and their two children, Jordan (15) and Susannah (14).  They are devout Mormons from California who have five children in total.  They were part of the movement of many LDS members who pounded on doors in 2008 to support the passage of Proposition 8, the state referendum that overturned the ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry in California.  They did so not knowing that their oldest son Jordan was gay and that he was s … [Read more...]

Is oral sex wrong before marriage?

Is it wrong to partake in sexual acts like oral sex, fingering and handjobs before marriage? If so, what can go wrong? I’m a firm believer that sexual intercourse should be reserved for marriage due to scientific evidence, but whether the same applies to other sexual acts is a point of conflict for me.I believe the church makes it clear on its position being that the sexual acts you mention are not deemed appropriate outside of marriage.However, I would like to look a little deeper into w … [Read more...]

A Look at Abortion through a Mormon Lens

Check out my latest podcast on Mormon Mental Health:Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Kristin Hodson regarding her experience as a member of the church who chose to have an abortion in her teens.  This is not meant to be a pro-choice or pro-life discussion.  The purpose of this podcast is to share a personal story in the hopes of reaching other members of our church who have been affected by abortion in one way or another, and offer a supportive and safe space to explore this topic.  Both Kr … [Read more...]

Postpartum Depression Podcast

I interview “Sarah,” an LDS mother of four who has a history of depression starting in adolescence followed by a serious bout of postpartum depression after the birth of her second child.  She also interviews Jamie Bodily, mother of five and certified doula through toLABOR regarding her experience and knowledge regarding postpartum depression.  Jamie has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling, a Masters Degree in Human Services from Capella University and her undergraduate degree in Family … [Read more...]


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