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 Must be a Bad Person: Recovering from Religious Abuse

Something tells me I'm a very bad person.   Under the bridge.....beneath, β€œIt’s my fault,” lives a more troubling idea...It hides in us like a troll under a bridge. Anyone who's survived religious abuse knows the old thought-training dies hard. Jim teaches art to high-schoolers. He lives with his wife of thirty years – the … Continue reading I Must be a Bad Person: Recovering from Religious Abuse

Nonviolent Parenting: 10 Reasons to Avoid Corporal Punishment

Okay, I need to talk about something that really pisses me off. "I got spanked and I turned out just fine." People who say this, in defense of old school parenting advice, usually prove my point, cluelessly. They hold a tight little view of the world. They stay unaware of their deeper emotions. They resent … Continue reading Nonviolent Parenting: 10 Reasons to Avoid Corporal Punishment