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‘Mormon Land’: Latter-day Saint therapist discusses the sexuality issues that Natasha Helfer tackled

Jennifer Finlayson-Fife talks about the mental health community’s views — and the church’s — on masturbation, pornography and same-sex marriage.

(Rick Egan | Salt Lake Tribune file photo) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Administration Building, shown in March, in Salt Lake City. Local church officials have held a disciplinary council on sex therapist Natasha Helfer that threatens her membership.

Natasha Helfer, a licensed sex therapist and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, faced a disciplinary hearing Sunday on her membership status.

She was accused of apostasy for her public stances on masturbation, same-sex marriage and pornography, positions she says are consistent with the consensus in the mental health community.

Due to procedural differences, Helfer wound up not attending the hearing, so the council took place without her.

On this week’s show, Latter-day Saint sex therapist Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, a friend of Helfer, discusses those topics and the effect this move by church leaders may have on mental health professionals and their Latter-day Saint patients.

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