Moving from Religious Trauma into Soul Healing, Part I

How do we turn religious trauma into deep emotional healing? Religious trauma happens most often in movements that are fundamentalist in nature - or, "Strong Religion." In my practice, I see adults who grew up scared of sinning and going to hell or disappointing God or being shunned for some infraction or bad thought. I … Continue reading Moving from Religious Trauma into Soul Healing, Part I

“I’m not creative.” 17 Signs of Artistic Abuse

Artistic Abuse What is artistic abuse? Creative expression heals. Everyone has an inner artist. When we nurture the inner artist, we heal. Artistic Abuse (or Neglect) is communication (direct or indirect) that discourages, shames, or minimizes a person’s creative self-expression. Artistic abuse affects us emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Art saves lives . . . or at … Continue reading “I’m not creative.” 17 Signs of Artistic Abuse

Leap of Faith, II: Trust your Gut & Try Something New

You wake to your alarm, grab the phone to shut it off, and groan. You feel sort of depressed, sort of sick. You’d pay someone a thousand dollars if you could just stay in bed without facing consequences later. You force your body upright and swing your feet to the floor. You trudge to the … Continue reading Leap of Faith, II: Trust your Gut & Try Something New

Life-Writing: Pain Into Art

  How to Write about your Life and recover from Trauma We all experience trauma: Big T and little t and all-points-in-between trauma. Relationships end. We fail at things. People die. We meet more people. Lessons get learned. And each life holds a unique story that could be a page-turner if mined deeply. We can … Continue reading Life-Writing: Pain Into Art