Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Verlyne Christensen, a psychologist and a member of the Mormon Mental Health Association with a private practice in Alberta, Canada. Her focus through her graduate studies focused on multicultural counseling – and she chose to study religion as a culture and how it impacts everyday life. Her dissertation dealt with research in regards to mainstream Mormon women (2007-2008) – those who self-identified as feminists and active members of the church. Her research focused on how these women made a patriarchal religion work in their lives, the costs and benefits of this type of participation (i.e. cognitive dissonance) and implications for clinical treatment.
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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