Religious Trauma Feels...
Alone. Confusing. Shameful. Guilty. Angry. Abusive. Frightening.
While most trauma experiences stem from a traumatic incident or group of incidents, religious trauma arises out of an ongoing period of indoctrination into a variety of toxic beliefs.
Typically, symptoms begin to manifest as an individual undergoes a period of religious deconstruction, where long held beliefs are challenged and changed. For some, this may lead to a happier, healthier way of engaging spirituality. For others, this may mean abandoning faith entirely.
The process, however, can be a difficult road to travel. Common areas of struggle include:
Because this is such a complex issue, it requires a specialized method of treatment.
Religious Trauma Therapy With Tempest Counseling
I was a pastor and religious educator for 15 years before undergoing my own religious deconstruction. I know the struggle. I want to help you realize the fullness of who you can be when you break free to discover the freedom and joy that awaits you.
At Tempest Counseling, we combine a collection of evidence-based approaches that are grounded in science, not faith, to specifically address the unique needs of religious trauma. This includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a core element. CBT allows us to explore deep-seated negative core beliefs, learn how to identify them, and provide a system to help challenge and transform them into healthy, rational, reality-based core beliefs.
While CBT forms the core of the Tempest approach, we also incorporate anxiety-reduction techniques grounded in mindfulness, as well as a safe environment for exploration rooted in the person-centered methods of Carl Rogers. Individually, every one of these approaches are among the top evidence-based treatments in the field. Together, they allow a powerful approach to treating and recovering from religious trauma.
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A Better Approach To Therapy
At Tempest Counseling, expert counselors blend leading science-based methods for a personalized approach to your treatment. These include research-backed therapies from CBT, Mindfulness, and Neuroscience, backed by a data-driven approach to tracking progress. Here are a few of the things that set us apart.