Religious Trauma Resources

Religious Trauma is deeply distressing damage caused by the authoritarian and dogmatic indoctrination of high-control religion.

These repressive religious environments are often coupled with emotional, mental, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as neglect. The traumatic impact is long-lasting and invasive, altering the trajectory of emotional development and the social functioning of an otherwise healthy person.

Leaving the flock adds enormous stress, as well as feelings of abandonment and alienation. The adjustment to a new life without their social system can be a shock. Sheltered people who’ve been taught to fear the secular world often struggle to find the independent thinking, confidence, and resilience needed to rebuild their lives.

But you are not alone!

For stories of what others like you have gone through and resources for empowerment, see my Instagram highlights. There is a community on the outside, and so much love. May you continue healing and discovering worth, value and freedom.

*Click on the image to go to Instagram for easy scrolling through the highlights.

Documentaries:

Voices Exploring Religious Trauma:

Find a trauma-informed therapist

Finding a good therapist is key to the healing journey. And note… “Christian counseling” is not the same as licensed and trauma-informed therapy. The Center for Trauma Resolution and Recovery is an excellent resource for therapy and coaching.

My Favorite Religious Trauma & Trauma-Healing Reads:

These are titles I’ve read through my journey. Not all of them represent where I am today but they are dear friends who got me here. I hope you find them helpful too.

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