I am a religious trauma survivor, a yoga teacher and a mental health advocate.
I was born into a cult called the Children of God. Raised in poverty with strict rules of silence, obedience and the threat of God always watching and always disappointed.
I left the cult at 23 and even though I was “free” I lived with guilt and anxiety as constant companions. Mentally I struggled to find which thoughts were mine vs the ones that threatened me and held me back.
I have spent the last 12 years fighting for my mental health. I educated myself on trauma then slowly allowed myself to believe I was worthy as is. No more conditions attached.
When you have experienced trauma you may feel confused, unworthy, and full of shame. Religious trauma is no different.
If you find yourself confused about religion, fearful and wondering where to go from here, it is important to know that you are not alone. There are tools to begin unpacking what you have been through.
My goal is to tell my story and normalize the healing experience from religious trauma. And to remind you of your innate capacity for healing, joy and human connection.
Thank you for being here.
Isn’t it strange that some of the most remarkable things are made from ruins.
The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths– Epictetus
The information on this site is not intended as psychotherapy nor is it intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Counseling for Religious Trauma is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner. Results may vary between individuals. There are no guarantees, expressed, or implied.