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In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist“, Laurel and Brian interview Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of sexual trauma, managing nudity with children, and developing sexuality as a single.
Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a psychotherapist who focuses on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college-level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago. In her private practice, she primarily works with LDS couples on sexuality and relationship issues. She also teaches online courses to LDS couples on these issues. She is married, has three kids, and is an active member of the LDS church.
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He has one wife ?
On the topic of children, my step daughter just turned 8 and has had a problem touching herself sexually for a while. This may or may not be situation but I’m curious as to your advice on teaching her that those feelings are special and meant for marriage. We’ve taken her to counseling prescribed by the bishop but the issue ultimately comes back.
I loved, loved, loved her comments about single members actively choosing if they want to cultivate their sexuality and then sticking with their choice, whatever they choose. I personally think it’s an important part of ourself to cultivate, even if we’re single. I really found some inspiring thoughts in this woman’s post about focusing on cultivating her sexuality, even while single, for 30 days.
Sexuality needs to be cultivated and practiced!
Do you think that it’s appropriate for a middle aged male lay person (your bishop) to discuss sex with your 8 year old girl? Because it sounds wildly inappropriate to me.
Gross gross gross
It sounds like Karen brought the issue up to the Bishop and he referred her to some sort of counseling service. If that is true than it sounds like a fairly responsible move, IMO.