The Mormon Mental Health Association

Supporting Mental Health Within the Mormon Community

MMHA Board of Directors

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST


Wichita, KS

Term expires Dec. 2019

Natasha Helfer Parker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and accredited Sex Therapist through AASECT.  She has been providing therapy services for 18 years and runs a private practice out of Wichita, KS. She is currently serving as president-elect of the KS chapter of AAMFT and is on the board of the Open Stories Foundation. She has been a presenter on Mormon themed topics such as sexuality, cultural competence, and faith transition at several national professional conferences.  She also hosts the Mormon Mental Health Podcast and Writes the Mormon Therapist Blog. Natasha received her BS in psychology from Brigham Young University and her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University. She has also received her Sex Therapy Certification from AASECT.

Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST


Midvale, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019

Kristin Hodson is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group and co-author of the book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality.  She has contributed to several publications such as Women’s Day Magazine and The Deseret News, as well as been on a variety of radio/tv programs (i.e. KSL and KUTV in Utah).  She received her BS in Social work from BYU-Hawaii, and her MS from the University of Utah with a clinical and medical emphasis.  Kristin is currently pursing her AASECT (American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certification as a sex therapist and does a lot of work around postpartum and women's issues.  

Dr. Marty Erickson, PhD


Provo, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019

Dr. Marty Erickson received a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. He works as a therapist at Alliance Behavioral Psychology in Orem, Utah, and also works as an adjunct faculty member of the BYU Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Dr. Erickson's work specialities include religious issues and faith transitions, compulsive behavior, eating issues and negative body image,  trauma/abuse, single adult issues (identity, relationships, career), and issues related to multiculturalism/diversity within the context of power/privilege/oppression (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). He is a straight LGBTQ ally. Dr. Erickson utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Joshua Neal, MA, LMHCA


Seattle, WA

Term expires Dec. 2019

Joshua Neal received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University. He chose Seattle University for its humanistic approach to psychology with its roots in existential phenomenology. Prior to that he attended Utah Valley University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies. His academic pursuits have included research on materialism, fat shaming, and memoirs of mental illness in comics. 

Dr. Randy K. Moss, PhD

Board Member at Large

Mountain Green, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019

Randy is the Owner/Principal of Integrated Counseling & Consulting LLC since 2001. He is the former founder and CEO of the Co-Occurring Disorders Institute in Palmer Alaska and director of Norton Sound Health Corporation Behavioral Health Division in Nome, Alaska. He spent 35 years in counseling services including substance related, severe mental illness, program development and training. Ph.D from Brigham Young University in Counseling Psychology. BA and MEd from University of Utah in Counseling Graduated Bountiful High School. Married for 38 years, four children, three grand children and one grand dog. Loves reading, science, philosophy and the outdoors. Finds irony in much, humor everywhere and resilient souls mingling among.

Natalie Packer Townsend, CMHC

Board Member at Large

Cedar City, UT

Term expires Dec. 2020

Natalie graduated from Southern Utah University with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. She went on to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a degree from the University of Phoenix. Natalie has established a successful private practice in Cedar City, Utah. She has helped her clients meet and alleviate the challenges of a broad range of mental health issues for the past eight years. Natalie is intent on having an inclusive practice where all clients are able to thrive. Determined to widen her skills and stay current in therapy modalities, Natalie is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, by the International Association of EMDR therapists. Natalie is committed to providing effective trauma-informed treatment and is an LGBTQ ally.

LaShawn Williams-Schultz, CSW

Board Member at Large

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Term expires Dec. 2018

LaShawn Schultz, CSW has a wealth of social work experience in leadership development, behavior management, community organization, and at-risk children and youth in custody. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy in the community-based care setting. She is building expertise in relational cultural therapy, focusing on individuals, families, and groups. She received a dual BA in Sociology and Psychology from Duke University, and a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from Marywood University. She is completing a Doctorate in Education at College of Saint Mary and currently serves as an adjunct faculty and administrator in higher education. 

Aimee White Heffernan, LMFT

Board Member at Large

Redmond, WA

Term expires Dec. 2019

Aimee Heffernan graduated with a masters degree from Seattle Pacific University in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. For the last 9 years. she has run her private practice in Redmond, Washington where she specializes in relationships, sexuality, infidelity, women’s issues, faith/spirituality transitions, self-esteem, and mixed faith marriages. Aimee has presented for the NW Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, local schools, contributed on various podcasts, more church functions than she can count, and enjoys speaking about mental, emotional, and sexual health. In addition to being on the board of the Mormon Mental Health Association, she is on the board of the Northwest Institute on Intimacy. She is an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Seattle, WA.

Zac Erickson

Student/Intern Representative

Alberta, Canada

Term expires Dec. 2018

Zac Erickson is pursuing an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. He completed an M.Sc. in Neuroscience in 2014, and defended the thesis "The Behavioural Effects of Ancestral Stress and Post-Natal Environment." Interests include: mindfulness-based therapies, anxiety, depression, attention, and the intersection of religion/spirituality and mental health.

MMHA Advisory Board

Dr. Michelle Nuttall Eakin, MA, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Baltimore, MD

Dr. Michelle Eakin, is an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD. She attended BYU and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in Texas. She completed her internship at AI DuPont Hospital for Children and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center before joining as faculty. Her current research interest is the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities in respiratory diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Winnetka, IL

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a private practice clinician outside of Chicago.  She received a BS in psychology and women's studies from Brigham Young University and went on to complete her PhD at Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on Mormon women and sexuality.  She works primarily with LDS couples on relationship and sexuality concerns.  She has been a contributor to LDS-themed podcasts and blogs on the subjects of sexuality, relationships, mental health and faith. 

Kevin Kloosterman, MS, LMFT

Advisory Board Member

Sycamore, IL

Kevin Kloosterman has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years in a variety of settings including residential, inpatient, outpatient and private practice.  Currently he works in an outpatient hospital setting as a primary therapist in an outpatient mental health program.  He is a life-long Mormon with pioneer ancestry and is involved in the Mormon community as an LGBTQ ally.  Kevin received his BS from Brigham Young University and his MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Norther Illinois University.