Therapy Issues

Religious & Spiritual Trauma

Right now, as a result of your unresolved religious and spiritual trauma, you may be experiencing…

  • Black and white thinking and extremities of thought.
  • Difficulty trusting yourself and others.
  • Low or no self-esteem.
  • An inappropriate amount of dependence on and obligation to a group of people.
  • An impeded sense of self-development. 

You’re realizing that your unresolved religious and spiritual trauma is getting in the way of your life…

  • You left your religious and spiritual community but now you feel profoundly lost and adrift.
  • You don’t trust yourself enough to plan the next steps of your life path and the people you would normally turn to for guidance aren’t there anymore.
  • You don’t know how to find and form and keep relationships that aren’t rooted in the religious or spiritual idealogy you just left. 
  • You want to hold better boundaries with the painful people in your life but you have no idea how to.
  • You feel a persistent feeling of guilt at all times and it’s stopping you from taking the actions you want to take.

You’re wondering…

  • Is religious and spiritual trauma a legitimate experience? Is that the name for what I went through?
  • Can therapy and a therapist not part of that faith community actually help me?
  • How can I get better if my family is still part of that faith community? 


You’re longing for…

  • A sense of peace and acceptance that you made the right decision to leave your religious and faith community.
  • A better understanding of how your experiences in that religious/faith community impacted you and, importantly, what to do next.
  • An ability to trust yourself, to think for yourself, and to follow through on your intuitions and judgments.
  • The ability to recognize healthy relationships and have better boundaries.
  • A strong sense of self and direction with your life, beyond the religious/faith community you left.

What you’re longing for is possible.

At Evergreen Counseling, we have a staff of seasoned, evidence-based therapists skilled in treating religious and spiritual trauma.

How we can help you

By pursuing therapy for religious and spiritual trauma, you can imagine the following:

Before Therapy After Therapy

Incredible amount of guilt and shame.

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Reduced guilt and shame, increased self-acceptance, and compassion for all parts of you.

Constant questioning of yourself, your decisions, and your reality and experience.

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Grounded, clear, and consistent trust in yourself and your experiences.

Feeling adrift and grieving what was lost.

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Feeling more secure about your choice, feeling appropriate feelings about the experience, and having more clarity about what comes next.

Low self-esteem, both informed by messaging you received while in your religious/faith community but also the negative opinions you received when you left.

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A stronger, more stable sense of self, confidence, and an ability to weather the disapproval and judgment of those that don’t understand or approve of your choices.

What if I’m Not Ready?

If you don’t feel quite ready to book a complimentary consult call yet, that’s completely fine.

We don’t want you to feel pressured and we know that the choice to seek out therapy can feel difficult.

Part of you wants to do it, and another part of you is, perhaps, scared to begin because of the feelings you might have to finally feel.

Or a part of you questions whether or not you can even be helped at all.

Whatever the reason, no matter how ready or not ready you feel to begin therapy, we want you to have the information you need to make an informed choice.

So, to that end, please explore the additional information below to learn more about us and how we can help you.

We’ll be here whenever you’re ready to reach out for support.

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