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Now displaying: Category: Adolescents
Dec 19, 2017

Natasha Helfer Parker continues the series on “boundaries” 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 third segment which focuses on Young Men and Young Women (12-17 years of age). 

We notice in our mental health work with primarily LDS clientele, that there are difficulties understanding what healthy boundaries are and look like… 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, one’s children, and one’s family… 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 children’s interviews behind closed doors where they are asked sensitive questions including about their sexuality…. this is a relevant topic to today’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 Lisa Butterworth and Sara Hughes-Zabawa. 

Jan 15, 2016
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Danielle about her experience as a birth parent going through LDS Family Services to find an adoptive family for her child.  This interview highlights the many complexities that go into such a decision and the emotional…
Dec 18, 2015
Mormon Mental Health Podcast has partnered with Mormon Matters for the following production: In this two-part episode, a wonderful panel of mental health professionals who also have certifications in or in the process of becoming sex therapists —Natasha Helfer Parker, Shannon Hickman, Kristin Hodson,…
Dec 18, 2015
Mormon Mental Health Podcast has partnered with Mormon Matters for the following production: In this two-part episode, a wonderful panel of mental health professionals who also have certifications in or in the process of becoming sex therapists —Natasha Helfer Parker, Shannon…
Dec 2, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a groundbreaking report: Ending Conversion Therapy – Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth. Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Elliot Kennedy of SAMHSA and Dr. Judith Glassgold of the American Psychological Association (APA)…
Nov 25, 2015
This is a Mormon Matters production – shared here at Mormon Mental Health Podcast with permission. With the renewed conversation in Mormonism about homosexuality initiated by the November 6th policy changes, it has become clear that many Latter-day Saints have never…
Nov 25, 2015
This is a Mormon Matters production – shared here at Mormon Mental Health Podcast with permission. With the renewed conversation in Mormonism about homosexuality initiated by the November 6th policy changes, it has become clear that many Latter-day Saints have…
Jul 17, 2015
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Hollie Hancock, who has her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University and received her BS in Gender Studies at the University of Utah.  She has experience volunteering as a test site counselor at the…
May 8, 2015
Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, PhD have a joint discussion where they share their recommendations to bishops, parents and members from the perspective of their clinical experience and training in sex therapy.  They start by discussing their…
Aug 1, 2014
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Eri Hayward; her parents, Ed & Keiko Hayward and her boyfriend, Mike.  They discuss Eri’s journey as a transgender woman within the construct of growing up in an active Mormon family devoted to their faith.  Eri…
Mar 25, 2014
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 mental health and substance abuse…
Mar 20, 2014
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Sharon Groves from the Human Rights Campaign.  They discuss important issues that directly affect the Mormon LGBT population, research implications for families wanting to support their LGBT youth, interfaith efforts that HRC is heading, and…
Mar 14, 2014
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Greg Hudnall, one of the premier experts in adolescent suicide prevention in the state of Utah. He has served on Utah’s Suicide Prevention Task Force and was asked to testify before congress and the United States…
Jan 29, 2014
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Lilian Starling, CMT regarding a paper she presented at the 2013 national AASECT conference regarding how the self-care of mothers can impact their daughter’s developmental journey through puberty.  At puberty girls experience significant physician and emotional changes.  How…
Dec 18, 2013
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Lilian Starling, CMT regarding a paper she presented at the 2013 national AASECT conference regarding how the self-care of mothers can impact their daughter’s developmental journey through puberty.  At puberty girls experience significant physician and emotional…
Dec 11, 2013
Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Chelsea Armstrong regarding a basic overview of eating disorders.  They discuss the different types of eating disorders, diagnostic criteria professionals look for, statistics, signs family/friends can look for, and treatment options.  They also speak to some…
Nov 8, 2013
Wendy and Tom Montgomery are devout Mormons from California who have five children.  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…
Nov 8, 2013
Wendy and Tom Montgomery are devout Mormons from California who have five children.  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…
Nov 8, 2013
Wendy and Tom Montgomery are devout Mormons from California who have five children.  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…
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