200-202: One Gay Married Mormon Man’s Attempt at Reparative (Conversion) Therapy
October 9, 2010
In this 3-part series Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT (The Mormon Therapist & MormonMatters.org), interviews one of her earliest clients: a married, Mormon homosexual man, coming out to his wife. Names have been withheld to protect anonymity to the family.
Note: The purpose of this interview is not to encourage people to stay or leave the church, to stay or leave a marriage, nor to participate or not participate in reparative therapy. These are all delicate personal decisions and different circumstances will necessitate different solutions. The purpose of this interview is to share a story. It is also meant to increase empathy and to reach out to those who may find themselves in similar situations.
In this 3 part interview we discuss the following:
Part 1: Conversion to the LDS church and the therapy process – including coming out to wife and church leaders.
Part 2: The therapy process in conjunction with church discipline.
Part 3: Current status, advice for others, and hope for changes within our culture.