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Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT for Part 2 of their original interview exploring low female sexual desire. Gina will soon be presenting in Salt Lake City, alongside Emily Nagoski (author of Come As You Are) at the Rocky Mountain Summit of Sex and Intimacy. The summit is sponsoring this episode, which will be available for free until the event takes place: September 23 and 24, 2016. Also, those who subscribe to the podcast between now and then, will receive a $30 discount to attend the summit! (please contact me directly through the “contact” button above if you’re interested in the discount code)
This podcast weighs heavily on Dr. Ogden’s understanding on how spirituality holds an important space in the realm of sexuality. And how learning to tap into these spiritual concepts can help move us into unstuck places — new territory where the possibilities are exciting, at times scary, and endless. These ideas meld well within the Mormon construct and will serve as useful reframes to propel us into growth and progress most of us may want to experience.
The Rocky Mountain Summit of Sex + Intimacy held in Salt Lake City September 23-24 will be featuring leading sex experts Emily Nagoski, PhD and Gina Ogden, PhD (both guests on Mormon Sex Info). This summit is meant to help mental health professionals develop new interventions and methods to explore a client’s sexual story and learn ways to help clients get unstuck in their sexuality (CEs available). It is also open to the general public and will be universally relevant. Hear the latest research and evidence in increasing sexual desire and how focusing on pleasure, not performance, is the key to healthy sexuality!
Dr. Gina Ogden is an award-winning sex therapist, family therapist, researcher, teacher, and author. She is founder of the Relational Sexuality Network, an international collaboration of practitioners whose mission is to expand the practice of therapy and sex therapy beyond limiting notions of function and dysfunction to include a wide range of diversity and experience. She conducts retreats and trainings internationally, lectures widely, leads tele-seminars attended by professionals all over the world, and has appeared in the media from talk radio to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She supervises and trains sex therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, family therapists, and other health providers in the Four-Dimensional Wheel approach, to broaden their understanding of sexual experience. She conducted the only nationwide survey on integrating sexuality and spirituality. She is the author of ten books so far. Her most recent books for a general readership (all published by Trumpeter) are: The Return of Desire (2008) and The Heart & Soul of Sex (2006). The 3rd edition of Women Who Love Sex, was published in 2007. Her books for a professional readership (all published by Routledge) are: Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: An Integrative Model for Exploring Desire and Intimacy, (2012) and Extraordinary Sex Therapy: Creative Approaches for Clinician(2015)—an edited collection of innovative and creative approaches from colleagues in the US and the UK. Her 4-D Wheel workbook for clinicians is : Exploring Desire & Intimacy: Innovative Approaches, Practical Applications–due in September, 2016.
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Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music.
Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current past president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.