History behind Historic AASECT Position

I was so pleased to see a historical account by Dr. Russell Stambaugh about the development of the AASECT Position on Sex Addiction that was just released last week. He is an esteemed colleague who has a long history in the association and was involved in the process. There are still disagreements within the AASECT membership as to [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…]

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…]

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…]

Salt Lake Tribune Op-ed: Accurate Sex Education for Teens

With three colleagues of mine – all experienced therapists working within the Mormon community and all Certified Sex Therapists – we decided to write the following op-ed after receiving several concerned questions from parents about the Fight the New Drug organization being allowed to present their materials in public school settings.  We will be using The [Read More…]

I’m Gay and this is My Church Too!

With General Conference among us, I know we are bound to hear much about the ideal Mormon family status: a heteronormative couple married with children. We already had this be the case in the General Women’s Session. Unfortunately, this type of focus continues to discount and minimize the presence of many other types of family [Read More…]

Troubling Report is Disavowed – Yes, of course!

Today, faculty members of John Hopkins University published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, Hopkins faculty disavow ‘troubling’ report on gender and sexuality stating their stark disapproval of the review that had been published in The New Atlantis, Sexuality and Gender. On September 8, I wrote a blog post titled, Atlantis Article… Are you kidding me?, where BYU [Read More…]

“Virtue” Reclaimed

I remember being taught in YW and Sunday school as a youth that it would be better to die than live as a rape victim or have sex outside of marriage. That I should defend my virtue “even unto death”. That is so messed up. I’m glad to see the change in the Young Women’s [Read More…]

A Critique on “The Great Porn Experiment”

In 2012 Gary Wilson gave a Ted Talk called The Great Porn Experiment where many claims were made that do not have scientific backing. These types of efforts to educate the public backfire by giving people misinformation that then affects such things as relationships, parenting strategies, sexual education, and even mental health treatment. Fight the New [Read More…]