Mormon sex therapist's ouster stirs worries of shame culture

But after seeing another prominent sex therapist she considers a close friend and colleague recently kicked out of the church, Butterworth is worried fewer church members will seek help in fear of being reprimanded.

Butterworth, a church member living in Idaho, is among a contingent of mental health professionals who fear Natasha Helfer’s ouster will further embolden a culture of shame. She wrote a letter condemning the decision that’s been signed by over 800 mental health professionals.

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Natasha Helfer poses for a portrait, 星期一, 六月 7, 2021, in Holladay, 犹他州. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Natasha Helfer poses for a portrait, 星期一, 六月 7, 2021, in Holladay, 犹他州. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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