2 thoughts on “God in Therapy: Songwriter and Psychotherapist Julie Hanks Shatters Stereotypes

  • June 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Richard, I love your bolded okay-children-if-you-don’t-have-anything-nice-to-say-don’t-say-it warning: “We’re the first to say our own view may be somewhat limited due to lack of exposure and we don’t want to fall guilty of stereotyping…”

    Drawing from my I’ll-be-damned-spirit, here goes:

    I’m curious to know if and how Hanks would treat a gay couple. Would most therapists of her religion treat gay couples? Would they help a lesbian couple with intimate issues?

    I personally would not select, should that information be available, a Mormon therapist, nor one connected to any Christian-focused practice. That readily classifies me, I’m sure, in the bigoted category, with which I’m completely fine.

    Interestingly, one of my favorite writing professors/advisors (prior to his retirement) was a Mormon, and he worked with me closely in writing a piece about my sexuality and my relationship with my partner who I married in San Francisco just two months before Prop 8 was passed, supported and funded in-part by… the Mormons! While I kept seeing all the Mormon-led hate against my lifestyle leading up to that vote, which translates (IMO) into hate against me and my spouse, I had to keep thinking about him and his efforts in working with my writing. I told him that my last story would be “Mormon Writer Helps Lesbian Write Sexuality Story.”

    Ok, Dad, that wasn’t so bad, was it? I actually threw you bone to cling onto in the penultimate paragraph of this post.

    • June 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for your comments. There was no subtext! We really weren’t warning anyone. 🙂
      People should choose the person that they are most comfortable with to work with–that way therapy will have a greater chance of being effective.


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