Natasha Helfer Parker continues the series on ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œboundariesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â that is being hosted by a panel of providers from Symmetry Solutions, who specialize in mental health and relational issues within Mormonism. This is the fourth segment which focuses on adult members.
We notice in our mental health work with primarily LDS clientele, that there are difficulties understanding what healthy boundaries are and look likeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ as well as how to implement them in a patriarchal and authoritative structure, where often people feel like boundaries have already been set for them by the system. Unfortunately, not having the ability to create healthy boundaries for oneself, oneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s children, and oneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s familyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ can contribute to issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, negative relational dynamics and even abuse. From simple things, like whether or not one feels personal permission to reject a calling, to more serious issues such as whether or not we should support childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s interviews behind closed doors where they are asked sensitive questions including about their sexualityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦. this is a relevant topic to todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Latter-day Saints. We hope you will join in the discussion through the comments section to share either things you want us to address, things you are concerned about, ways you disagree/agree with us, things that have helped you balance healthy boundaries, etc.
Those who join Natasha in this episode are Sue Bergin, Clinical Chaplain and Emily Celis, LMFT.