How do you know if you have Spiritual or Religious Trauma?

Spiritual or religious trauma is a type of relational trauma. It stems from living in or being exposed to an environment with rigid religious or spiritual beliefs. This can range from living in an extreme religious cult, an abusive religious setting, a fundamental group that was not aligned with your own core beliefs, or any other controlling and painful religious experience that left you feeling isolated, afraid, and lost. In this blog post, we will take a look at relational trauma. Then, we will take a deeper look at spiritual or religious trauma and how it might impact you. We [...]


What Does Relational Trauma Look Like?

The holidays have passed and for many that time of year is fraught with distress, triggers of the past, or even a felt sense of persistent anxiety and malaise. Let’s face it, it’s not always “the most wonderful time of the year.” It may be that “going home” for the holidays brings unwanted tension. You may have found yourself alone, either by choice or not. You could have been halfway across the globe and missing home and the familiar. Maybe you awoke to a holiday that just didn’t look like it used to look. Whatever the case, if this is [...]


Journeying through your Developmental Trauma to Heal

Developmental trauma refers to the long-term impact of adverse experiences during critical periods of development. These experiences can disrupt normal developmental processes and have lasting effects into adulthood. In this blog from me we will discuss adverse childhood experiences and key points of developmental trauma. We will also take a look at how you can heal through Trauma Therapy. What Happened to You? Adversity Impacts the Developing Child Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are negative experiences that happen between birth and 17 years of age. The ACEs questionnaire is comprised of 10 questions that target three types of negative childhood experiences, [...]


What happened to you? Understanding the Impact of Developmental Trauma

Trauma and PTSD are buzzwords that are built into the language of society. I have noticed of late that developmental trauma is a word of common use as well. The awareness of such trauma is welcome but misunderstandings about the nature and impact can be misleading. So, let’s look at what developmental trauma really is, how it impacts mental health, and the neuroscience behind the hope for healing. What is Developmental Trauma?Developmental trauma comes from repeated exposure to negative experiences during childhood. This can disrupt the healthy development of a child's brain and emotional well-being. It is often characterized by [...]

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