Wendy Watson Nelson gave a talk at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults that focused on marital intimacy. As a fellow Mormon and with my expertise as a certified sex therapist, I saw some very helpful aspects of her talk as well as some vague, incorrect and even harmful assumptions that can set couples up for miscommunication, unrealistic expectations and an inability to frame their sex lives in ways that normalize their experience and allow for both spiritual and physical interpretations that edify their relationship. Gina Colvin, the host of A Thoughtful Faith podcast, invited me and Julie de Azevedo-Hanks, an LDS therapist, to discuss both the positives and negative aspects of this talk.
WARNING: There is explicit content and language in these episodes.
Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She authors the Mormon Therapist Blog, hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, writes a regular column for Sunstone Magazine and is the current president of the Mormon Mental Health Association. She has 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.