103. Where Faith Meets Mental Health — A Conversation with Dr. Alan Hansen

In a perfect world, our faith and our church activity would lead quite naturally to better mental health. But we do not live in a perfect world, and the truth is our religious experience can sometimes create or exacerbate mental health problems.This week, we invited Dr. Alan Hansen to our podcast studio to talk with us about something that’s increasingly on many minds — the intersection of our faith and our mental health. Dr. Hansen is perhaps uniquely qualified to speak on this subject, as he is not only a professional therapist but has served twice as a Bishop and is currently the Stake President of a Young Single Adult stake in Utah county. He has a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance and a PhD in Counseling Psychology, both from BYU.We feel like the paradigm that informs both his professional and church-related counseling is incredibly relevant and foundational. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.Register for Restore: A Faith Matters Gathering.

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Faith Matters offers an expansive view of the Restored Gospel, thoughtful exploration of big and sometimes thorny questions, and a platform that encourages deeper engagement with our faith and our world.We focus on the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) tradition, but believe we have much to learn from other traditions and fully embrace those of other beliefs.