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“Punishments include such things as flashbacks, flooding of unbearable emotions, painful body memories, flooding of memories in which the survivor perpetrated against others, self-harm, and suicide attempts.”

~Alison Miller, Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

Break free from religious trauma. Healing can take place.

Being traumatized by people we trust is the worst. Going to a religious organization hoping to find a warm welcoming community to support you in exploring your spirituality, but finding judgment, shame, and abuse is hard. Really hard. You may have left a high-demand religious group. You struggle with harmful religious teachings. You’ve faced spiritual abuse. You are not alone, and there is hope for healing and recovery. You can heal from religious trauma and you can find a spiritual path right for you. I welcome people from any religious background.

What is Religious Trauma?

Religious trauma, also known as spiritual abuse or religious abuse, refers to the emotional, psychological, and sometimes physical harm that individuals may experience as a result of religious beliefs, practices, or institutions. It can manifest in various forms, including:

  1. Cultural and Family Pressure: Feeling pressured to conform to strict religious beliefs and practices imposed by family, community, or religious leaders.
  2. Guilt and Shame: Experiencing unwarranted guilt, shame, or fear due to religious teachings, often related to sexuality, gender, or personal choices.
  3. Spiritual Manipulation: Religious leaders or groups subjecting individuals to manipulation, coercion, or control.
  4. Isolation: Feeling isolated or alienated from loved ones or communities when questioning or leaving one’s faith.
  5. Loss of Identity: Struggling with an identity crisis when leaving a deeply ingrained religious system, leading to confusion and a sense of emptiness.

How Can I Help You Heal from Religious Trauma?

My mission is to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. Here’s how I can assist you:

  1. Individual Therapy: I offer one-on-one therapy sessions tailored to your unique experiences and needs. Together, we will explore your trauma, build resilience, and work towards reclaiming your life. I use somatic therapy to help release the upsetting emotions.
  2. Support and Validation: You’ll find a safe and nonjudgmental space here. I understand, validate, and respect your experiences.
  3. Coping Strategies: Learn healthy coping mechanisms to manage the emotional and psychological challenges arising from religious trauma.
  4. Reclaiming Your Freedom: Regain a sense of self, purpose, and freedom as you explore your own spirituality and beliefs at your own pace.
  5. Spiritual – not religious – Communities: For those of you who liked the community aspect of meeting with other people, there are two groups you might want to check out who are inclusive, diverse, and honor the unique beliefs of each person. They are Unitarian Universalists and The Center for Spiritual Living. Both are international groups. Both respect the inherent dignity and worth of every person. Both welcome questioning individuals.

Contact and Appointment Information: If you are ready to take the first step toward healing from religious trauma, please reach out to schedule an appointment.

My email is: diana@welcomelifecounseling.com.

Remember, you are not alone, and healing is possible. Together, we can work towards a brighter, more empowered future, free from the burdens of religious trauma. Your journey to recovery begins here.