Can You Recover from Religious and Spiritual Trauma? Exploring With Online Trauma Therapy in Austin, TX

A Brief Look at Trauma Before we look at religious and spiritual trauma let’s look at a brief definition of trauma. Trauma is any event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope with it. This can result from a one-time catastrophic event or from a prolonged series of events over time. Most trauma is relational trauma, trauma that happens within the context of relationships and usually happens repeatedly over time. When thinking about trauma it’s important to know that most individuals who experience trauma feel an impending threat to their life, safety, and well-being. Read here to learn more about [...]

5 Things To Consider When Setting Boundaries Due to Trauma: Tips From a Trauma Therapist

In the last blog post, we looked at the impact of relational trauma on setting personal boundaries. I gave some tips on assertive communication, a style of communication that leads to healthy boundaries. See the tips here if you missed the blog and begin practicing assertive communication now. This will help you foster boundaries that work for you. Setting boundaries is a skill that can be learned and perfected. In this blog, I offer a step-by-step guide on how to set and maintain boundaries in your life. Trauma Has The Power to Reshape Our Lives Trauma impacts every part of [...]

How Does Relational Trauma Alter Personal Boundaries

Have you experienced relational trauma? If so, you may be struggling with boundary setting. This type of trauma can deeply impact your communication patterns and sense of personal space. If you have experienced relational trauma, learning to communicate assertively and setting healthy boundaries is essential to establishing the sense of safety and well-being you need to heal. In this blog post, we will look at the role personal boundaries play in your life, discuss the impact relational trauma can have on personal boundaries, and take a little dive into what assertive communication looks like. Be sure to look for the [...]

Relational Trauma: How Do You Know If Someone Is Gaslighting You?

Gaslighting is a common term in our world today and it’s often misunderstood. Because the term is thrown around carelessly at times, even in jest, it's often dismissed, questioned, and minimized in real cases of emotional abuse. For this reason, it's important to know what gaslighting really is. Gaslighting occurs in conjunction with relational trauma. It's insidious in nature and at the very core causes great confusion for the person being gaslit. The impact on mental health and well-being is profound. Furthermore, because it leaves one feeling fragmented and in a complete state of self-doubt, someone being gaslit will go [...]

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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