Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Julie de Azevedo-Hanks, a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working largely with an LDS clientele and author of The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women. Julie shares her observations and conclusions she has made over the years, regarding how some of the messaging that happens within Mormon constructs can lead to incorrect and harmful interpretations of what is considered “gospel truth.” She shares the top ten myths or themes she consistently sees come up in her work with LDS clients. She also provides helpful reframes and restructuring of concepts that can be used by LDS members in order to be better equipped to apply church teachings in healthy, self-affirming ways. These are also useful for those in positions of church leadership or who have teaching callings as we all work towards sharing gospel messages through edifying and helpful means. Topics of discussion include boundaries, gender roles, unrealistic expectations, self-care and much more.
Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to Brian Dillman for audio production of this podcast. Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.
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