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May 25, 2020

Host Jeff Lundgren is joined by guest Vhari Macbeth.  She talks about her research on self-compassion with LDS Woman.

 

You can find out more by visiting: https://www.cedarpsychiatry.com

 

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 18, 2020

Join Jimmy Bridges for another episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast. With us is Dr. Tyler Lefevor on intersections of religion, gender, sexuality, and health.

 

Please consider participating in the 4 Options Survey: 4optionssurvey.com

 

This survey is designed to identify important aspects of life and relationships for those who experience (or have experienced) same-sex sexual attractions and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer (LGBQ), heterosexual, or with another sexual identity or reject a label who are or were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and analyze if there are any similarities or differences between those who are:

1 - Single and celibate*

2 - Single and not celibate

3 - In a heterosexual/mixed-orientation** relationship; or

4 - In a same-sex relationship

Those in other types of relationship and single statuses are also invited to participate to expand our understanding of possible options.

This study also investigates if or how religious/spiritual issues are involved in respondents’ level of satisfaction and relationship or single status.

 

To find out more about Dr. Lefevor, please visit: https://www.rhodes.edu/bio/tyler-lefevor

 

Other resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Affirmations: https://www.goaffirmations.org/about-us

Latter Gay Stories: https://lattergaystories.org

“Far Between” by Kendall Wilcox: http://farbetweenmovie.com/about/

“Voices of Hope”: https://www.northstarlds.org/voices-of-hope

 

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 11, 2020

Please note there were technical difficulties so we thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

Join host Jimmy Bridges as he interviews Dr. Michelle Washburn-Busk, PhD, licensed marriage and family therapist, as she unpacks sneaky forms of sexism. With her recent completion of her dissertation on gender, power, and couples, and hundreds of hours of clinical experience with couples, Dr. Washburn-Busk defines and demonstrates what benevolent sexism is, what it looks like, and how to appropriately address it in couple relationships.

 

For more on Dr. Washburn-Busk, you can go here: https://www.andrewsinc.net/michelle-washburn-busk.html

 

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Apr 27, 2020

On this episode of Mormon Mental Health, Natasha interviews Dr. Jimmy Bridges, PhD, LMFT, CFLE, on privilege awareness. Natasha is also excited to announce Jimmy will be one of the new hosts for Mormon Mental Health.

For more information and to contact Jimmy, please visit:

https://www.symmetrysols.com/jimmybridges

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Apr 20, 2020

On this joint production with Symmetry Solutions, Natasha hosts a panel discussion with Jana Spangler, IPC, and Jenny Elledge, LMFT, to discuss LDS missionaries returning home due to COVID-19 and things families and individuals are needing to navigate unexpectedly.

To find out more about Symmetry Solutions, please visit: 

symmetrysols.com

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Apr 9, 2020

Join Natasha Helfer Parker as she interviews Kattie and Allan Mount from the “Marriage on a Tightrope Podcast.” They will discuss this mixed-faith marriage resource as well as an upcoming 6-week online class that the three will be partnering on to help the many who need strategies and education on how to navigate mixed-faith marriage in edifying family-friendly ways.

To register for the online class, please go here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-on-a-tightrope-tickets-97487950083?fbclid=IwAR3hF9js1_H-z1aIpviwQ83RnsPiq0zKkqe6htrgjOY7rzwoEZSxV7xL1nc

To see a therapist or wellness coach, including Kattie who has just joined the Symmetry Solutions team, please visit Natasha’s online practice: symmetrysols.com

 

Please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org to keep the podcast going past 2020.

Mar 22, 2020

Jennifer White hosts this episode of Mormon Mental Health. She is joined by Wendy Christian, a psychoanalyst and licensed clinical social worker in New York City trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and trauma-focused therapy.

Prior to becoming a mental health professional, Wendy studied American Literature at BYU where she wrote her master’s thesis on women in the Book of Mormon. Subsequently, Wendy obtained a master’s degree in clinical social work at Fordham University and post-graduate training in marriage and family therapy and in psychoanalysis and religion at the Blanton-Peale Institute. Wendy has a private practice in Manhattan and can be contacted through her web site wendychristiantherapy.com.

Jennifer and Wendy discuss how an individual can make a faith transition out of Mormonism. Some of the questions Jennifer and Wendy discuss are

  • What does it look like if someone is having a faith crisis?
  • What advice would you give to those leaving the church in setting healthy boundaries?
  • What unique challenges do Mormons face when they leave the church?

The following resources are mentioned in the episode:

A Thoughtful Faith Podcast with Gina Colvin episodes 170 & 171: Enmeshed Family Systems, Differentiation and Faith Crisis: A Discussion with Wendy Christian and Friends

THRIVE

Exponent II organization

@parenting.aftermormonism on Instagram

Thoughtful Transitions Facebook group

Mormon Spectrum in-person meet-ups

Mormon Stories Podcast Community on Facebook

Sunstone magazine, podcasts, annual conference.



Mar 1, 2020

Natasha interviews Cherie Burton in this episode of Mormon Mental Health. They discuss concerns with religion, Mormonism, concerns for women in Mormonism and then things you can do for self-care.

Cherie Burton is the host of the “Women Seeking Wholeness” podcast. To find out more about her and the programs she offers, visit:

https://cherieburton.com/category/womenseekingwholeness/

Please donate to Mormon Mental Health to keep this podcast going past 2020. Thank you.

Feb 23, 2020

From Mormon Stories, this is Part 2 of our review of the recently announced changes to the LDS Church's General Handbook of Instructions. Major changes include:
- Major changes to the church's Disciplinary Council and Exommunication processes.

- Major changes for LGBTQ Mormons, and specifically for Transgender Mormons.
- Some minor changes for women/feminists.
- Other changes to general policy.

Tonight our panel includes Natasha Helfer Parker, Gina Colvin, Anthony D. Miller, Kyle Ashworth, Samantha Taylor, and Jana Johnson Spangler.

For a comprehensive over of changes, see here:

https://www.mormonstories.org/…/a-summary-of-todays-change…/

Part 1 can be found here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1260-major-changes-to-lds-general-handbook-instructions/id312094772?i=1000466221815

Jan 28, 2020

Join host Jennifer White as she interviews Jesse Ellis, LCSW. Jesse shares his personal story of being a child victim of sexual abuse.

Jesse talks about about the negativity that came into his life was more from the shame rather than early introduction to sexuality.

Jesse is a therapist at Utah Valley Psychiatry and Counseling Services.

To contact him you can call his office: 801-357-7525

Or find him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/jesse.wren.ellis

Jan 21, 2020

Natasha was a guest on the "Wannabe Balanced Mom" Podcast.

To find out more, visit: 

http://www.wannabebalanced.com/2019/05/ep-57-healing-from-sexual-shame-w-natasha-helfer-parker/

Trigger Warning.

If you’ve experienced sexual trauma, some of the things we discuss in this episode may trigger unwanted emotions to surface.

Natasha Helfer Parker, a licensed marriage and family therapist
and certified sex therapist coaches Sean and I through sexual shame and trauma.

Natasha has 20 years experiencecounseling individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of expertise includes working within
the intersections of faith, life transitions and sexuality.

Jan 14, 2020

Natasha joined Braxton Dutson on his podcast, "Birds and Bees Podcast".

For more information, visit:

https://www.birdsandbeespodcast.com/ep-041-masturbation-values-and-kids-with-natasha-heifer-parker-mfr-cst/

Masturbation, There are a lot of euphemisms for the word that makes many people uncomfortable to talk about. Let’s face it, many parents are worried about what it means if their child masturbates. 

If you are a parent who wants to be able to support your child in building values around masturbation while also avoiding shaming them then this episode is for you. Braxton and Natasha Heifer-Parker, MFT, CST are here to help dispel myths, talk about values, talk about masturbation, and to support parents in creating a value-centric view on masturbation. This is especially supportive for those who live in religious communities and practice themselves. 

Many of us have grown up in a religious setting that explicitly or overtly teaches values about masturbation. It is difficult to be able to follow these values while also addressing the reality that the majority of children are participating in self-soothing/masturbation practices. 

In this Episode we explore: 

The question “when does masturbation usually start?”

Speaking to values when addressing masturbation 

Different approaches to conversations about masturbation with your child. 

Avoiding shame when having these (multiple) conversations. 

Creating “I Do’s” in what you value, VS following a “to Do” list.

Historical views of Masturbation and how they affect us now. 

Identifying what we want for our children as a sexual being later in life. 

Offering a value-centric view on Masturbation in religious communities while addressing the ways we can best support our children. 

Natasha Helfer-Parker, MFT, CST speaks with Braxton about being able to explore these topics, address uncomfortable situations, and improve your understanding about “The M word.” 

Listen on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcXBM6GS-Pfk9CB6ctmvLLg

Leave Birds and Bees an iTunes review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/birds-and-bees-podcast/id1201131540?mt=2

Leave a Stitcher Review https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/braxton-dutson/birds-and-bees-podcast

Birds and Bees Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/birdsandbeespodcast 

Listen from our webpage Birdsandbeespodcast.com

Jan 13, 2020

Host Jeff Lundgren interviews "Earthly Parents" who wrote a book for his adult children, “And It Was Very Good: A Ladder-day Saints Guide to Lovemaking.” He writes the book in regards to comprehensive sexuality from a values perspective that fits within an LDS framing.

The guest goes by “Earthly Parents” to protect the privacy of his family and wife. As a parent, he writes to his children as what he wants his adult children to know about sexuality, especially going into marriage.

He talks about his background in Mormonism and then goes into the book including chapter 1 as “Our family’s Sexual Articles of Faith”.

He also shares experiences from readers after having read the book.

For a free copy, please email earthlyparents@gmail.com. You are welcome to share the PDF as well.

The book is also in audio form at Audible.com.

Oct 26, 2019

Kimberly Anderson joins Jennifer White in this episode of Mormon Mental Health. Kimberly shares her journey of becoming an advocate and therapist for the LGBTQIA community which includes her coming out as a trans woman as an adult. She shares her thoughts on the relationship of the LGBTQIA community and Mormonism and advice to bishops and leaders on how to address individuals who come out as transgender.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Sep 30, 2019

Melody Anderson joins Jeff Lundgren on this episode of Mormon Mental Health to discuss how trauma presents in men based on their core values and beliefs. Having recently presented at a domestic violence conference, she talks to Jeff about how trauma presents itself, why it does and what men who deal with trauma can do to start the healing process. She includes resources.

To connect with Melody directly, you can email her directly at melodyjoyd@gmai.com.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health alive past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Sep 24, 2019

Jenny Black joins host Jeff Lundgren on this episode of Mormon Mental Health. Jenny grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a rule-following member. While researching the church for a family member that left the church, she experienced a faith crisis. Through the process she gave herself permission to change her priorities which was the hardest thing for her. This is her story of her faith transition and how she saw the divine hand of God throughout the process.  She shares some tips on things someone can do who finds themselves going through a similar faith transition experience.

You can find out more about Jenny at theeverythinghousewife.com.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Sep 17, 2019

Natasha is excited to have colleagues begin hosting episodes of Mormon Mental Health. This is to allow for more diverse voices and to bring you, the listener, more content.

One host will be Jeff Lundgren.

Jeff is currently getting his licensing but is already participating in the field. He is a member of the Mormon Mental Health Association.

To find out more and see what Jeff is up to, please visit:

http://www.jefflundgren.com/category/advocacy/

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Sep 12, 2019

Natasha is excited to have colleagues begin hosting episodes of Mormon Mental Health. This is to allow for more diverse voices and to bring you, the listener, more content.

One host will be Jennifer White.

Jennifer White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has been employed professionally in the mental health field since 2005. She is proficient in helping adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Jennifer works with clients in a variety of environments, such as in the office, in-home, or online.

She is well known for creating a safe environment where clients share without the fear of being judged. Jennifer has a gift to help clients achieve their highest potential.

Jennifer enjoys being committed to the therapeutic process and is passionate about supporting her clients to heal, grow, and learn. She has a great love for people and respects different perspectives and cultural experiences.

Jennifer received a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and a Masters Degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University.

You can find out more about Jennifer by going to:

https://www.symmetrysols.com/jennifer-white

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please consider donating at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Sep 4, 2019

From The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis

In this episode of The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis licensed marriage and sex therapist and active Mormon Natasha Helfer Parker shares with us a more effective approach to masturbation and pornography for both teens and adults.

Aug 26, 2019

Jennifer Limones joins Natasha on this episode of Mormon Mental Health to discuss the recent training the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints released for abuse training and protection of youth and minors. Jennifer, having taken the training, shares her insights with Natasha about the training and, although it’s a step in the right direction, she validates some of the fears of it not being run by a third party, that there is no accountability as to what was involved in the training through trauma-informed lens, and of course, nothing is being done about one-on-one worthiness interviews.

To find out more about a program Jennifer feels is a more healthy approach, you can check out “Darkness to Light” by Stewards of Children by going here: https://www.d2l.org/education/stewards-of-children/

You can find out more about Sam Young’s movement, “Protect LDS Children” by going here: https://protectldschildren.org

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jul 22, 2019
Shandra Petersen Harris joins Natasha on this episode of Mormon Mental Health as they discuss mixed faith families and the impact of President Nelson’s recent general conference address.
 
Shandra is majoring in clinical mental health as a graduate student, stationed in San Antonio, Texas.
 
References from this episode: 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/mormontherapist/2019/04/president-nelson-im-having-a-trust-crisis.html

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/mormontherapist/2019/06/waves-a-response-to-painful-rhetoric.html

To order Natasha’s book, “One Family, Two Views”, you can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/One-Family-Two-Views-Mixed-Faith/dp/1724860100/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=one+family%2C+two+views&qid=1563153488&s=gateway&sr=8-1

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jul 15, 2019
Natasha is joined on this episode by Jenny Elledge and Jana Spangler. They talk about aspects or framings of Mormon theology that can be helpful to mental health instead of detrimental. Some of the topics they include are: agency, love as the primary commandment, faith, ongoing revelation and many more.
 
Jenny Elledge is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She works with clients with mixed faith marriages & families. You can find out more about her by going here: https://www.symmetrysols.com/jennyelledge
 
Jana specializes in mentoring those who are going through faith transitions or wanting to work on spiritual journeys. You can find out more about Jana Spangler by going here: https://www.symmetrysols.com/jana-spangler

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jun 10, 2019

Jimmy Bridges presented the following at the MO/KAN AAMFT Conference held in Kansas City, March 22, 2019.

It is titled: Therapeutic Considerations for Queer Clients with Conservative Religious Upbringings

What does it take to be queer and Christian? Clinicians working with queer clients consider the contextual factors of societal discrimination often involved in presenting problems. When queer clients come from conservative or fundamentalist religious upbringings, presenting issues and mental health can often be associated with deeply held religious beliefs. Clinicians grow in clinical competence with queer-religious clients by considering their own personally held narratives about religion, gender and sexual minority identities, and the intersection of both. This presentation will present findings from an original research project with a group religiously conservative and queer-identified adults.

Jimmy Bridges, MS, LMFT is a doctoral student in the couple and family therapy program at Kansas State University. His research looks at the experiences of sexual minorities from conservative religious settings, particularly within Mormon communities, and feminist consciousness- raising processes for majority identity holding individuals, clinicians, and researchers.. Jimmy maintains a clinical practice at Symmetry Solutions LLC out of Wichita, KS.

Please consider donating to Mormon Mental Health by going to: mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jun 3, 2019

Jimmy Bridges joins Natasha on this episode of Mormon Mental Health. Recently Jimmy presented at a conference. His presentation was titled, “Queer Clients with Conservative Religious Upbringings: Therapeutic Considerations.” Natasha and Jimmy discuss his presentation and dig a bit deeper into his research and conclusions.

Jimmy Bridges, MS, LMFT is a doctoral student in the couple and family therapy program at Kansas State University. His research looks at the experiences of sexual minorities from conservative religious settings, particularly within Mormon communities, and feminist consciousness- raising processes for majority identity holding individuals, clinicians, and researchers. Jimmy maintains a clinical practice at Symmetry Solutions LLC out of Wichita, KS. You can find out more about Jimmy by going here: https://www.symmetrysols.com/jimmybridges

Natasha will be present at some events coming up including:

Thrive 2019: Find Healing & Joy Beyond Mormonism

June 7th-9th

http://thrivebeyondmormonism.com

Transitioning Mormons Annual Cruise

July 17th-24th

https://www.ccruiseplanner4fun.com/rw/view/83268

Sunstone Symposium

July 31st-Aug 3rd

https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/2019-salt-lake-summer-symposium/

2019 Oklahoma City, OK Mormon Faith Faith Crisis Workshop

September 13th – September 14th

https://donorbox.org/2019-oklahoma-city-faith-crisis-workshop

To help keep Mormon Mental Health alive past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 29, 2019

In episode 168, Natasha was joined by Kevin Kloosterman, a trained RO-DBT Therapist. RO-DBT is a more recent therapy model and Kevin shared his thoughts on the model. You can find the episode by going here: 

https://www.mormonmentalhealth.org/168-kevin-kloosterman-and-ro-dbt-therapy/

In this episode, Kevin is back along with Thomas Lynch, the founder of RO-DBT. They are joined by Erica Smith Lynch, who happens to be Thomas’ wife. The group discuss the beginnings of the treatment, how Kevin became involved, and what it is which includes that it is a trans-diagnostic treatment approach with roots in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).

Thomas Lynch is a professor Emeritus at the school of Psychology at the University of South Hampton. He was the director of the Duke Cognitive Research Program at Duke University until 2007. Currently he is the director of Emotion and Personality Biobehavioral laboratory at the University of South Hampton. He’s been the recipient of large research grants from different sources including the National Institute of Health. He is also the recipient of the John M. Road’s Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar.

RO-DBT and Thomas Lynch as the founder are recognized internationally. You can find out more about Thomas, including his publications by going here:

http://www.radicallyopen.net/about-the-treatment-developer/

Erica Smith Lynch is the Chief Executive of “Radically Open” and the director of treatment development and training for RO-DBT. She’s been a part of the development of this model since 2008 and has been working alongside Thomas in training therapists.

Kevin Kloosterman has been a former bishop and served on the board of the Mormon Mental Health Associations (mormonmentalhealthassoc.org). To find out more about Kevin, you can go to his website: https://relationquest.com/about-us

They reference DBT and its founder, Marsha Linehan. You can find out more about her by going here:

https://behavioraltech.org/about-us/founded-by-marsha/

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2019, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

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