105: Professional Response to “…From a Wife of a Porn Addict” Part 1

Four Certified Sex Therapists who routinely work with Mormon clientele offer a response to An Open Letter to Bishops from a Wife of a Pornography Addict: 7 Things I Wish You Knew.  Natasha Helfer Parker, Kristin Hodson, Kristin Marie Bennion and Shannon Hickman lead a thorough discussion walking listeners through both the clinically sound parts of the piece, as well as the perspectives they consider misinformed, inappropriate or even harmful to potential readers and ecclesiastical leaders.

Mormon Mental Health Association Position Statement

The Myth of Sex Addiction by David Ley

Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction by Braun-Harvey and Vigorito

Recovering from the Trap of Pornography by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Mormon Sex Info

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith, runs Mormon Sex Info and is the current president for the Mormon Mental Health Association.

3 comments for “105: Professional Response to “…From a Wife of a Porn Addict” Part 1

  1. May 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I am the Executive Director of LeadingLDS, where the “…From the Wife of a Porn Addict” article was published. I also am the host of the LeadingLDS podcast where we discussed these topics with the author.

    I want to thank you for providing this follow up discussion about this important topics. There is definitely more discussion that needs to be had at LeadingLDS about this topic. We hope to bring more perspectives in about falsely classifying all pornography use as an addiction. More leaders need to understand this as they are mentoring someone struggling with pornography use.

    I look forward to hearing part 2 and learning more about how we can better help individuals and minimize shame as much as possible.

    • natashaparker
      June 1, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thank you Kurt for your feedback. I know all of us on the panel are more than willing to dialogue about this topic and I hope that many of the resources we offered will also be helpful in having people have access to education on this topic. Thanks again for commenting and let us know how we can be of further assistance.

  2. Heather
    July 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    It was painful to listen to this. So many excuses for the husband who has committed adultery.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *