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Disclaimer: Natasha originally recorded this podcast for her Healing Sols podcast.
Natasha interviews Mandy Lynn Danzig, LCSW about her transgender coming out story. Mandy is a social worker, musician and activist based in Salt Lake City. She is currently the director of HIV Case Management and Behavioral Health Consulting at the University of Utah’s Infectious Disease clinic.
Mandy shares her story about growing up in a religiously conservative community and how that impacted and limited her ability to consider gender identity throughout her development into adulthood. She discusses her personal journey of transitioning, through the lens of a mental health clinician and best standards of care for the transgender community. In addition to sharing a couple of her original songs, Mandy addresses current status of HIV—statistics, treatment and its hopeful eradication.
Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music.
Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST, CSTS 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