Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and PhD candidate at Brigham Young University who sees clients at the Provo Center for Couples and Families. She specializes in couple and adolescent-family relations, including addressing LGBTQ issues in family context. As a member of the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah, she focuses on the mental health stressors experienced with respect to the LDS community. She is also a member of the Reconciliation and Growth Project.
Lisa offers continuing opportunities for gay and straight people to participate in mixed dialogue groups at the BYU Comprehensive Clinic called “Circles of Empathy,” a model developed by Kendall Wilcox for sharing and appreciating each other’s lived experience of the conflicts between religious, spiritual and sexual attraction issues. Her most recent publication, “Why I Don’t Hide My Freckles Anymore,” a collection of essays about how women see themselves, is sold at Deseret Book.
Lisa currently sings each week with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She and her husband, Bill, are the parents of seven children (and a few extras) and are the composers of the “I will go, I will do” Primary song, Nephi’s Courage.