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Religious Trauma Therapy

Process religious trauma while creating new rituals and meaning.

In-person in Plano Texas and online throughout Texas.

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You’ve been through a lot

Process You Pain and Start to Heal

 

“You won’t believe what I’ve been through.”
“I lost myself. I don’t know who I am anymore.”
“I’m glad to be free, but there’s a hole now.”
“I miss the sense of community and connection.”
“I can’t believe this happened to me.”

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LGBTQ+ Religious Trauma

  Being shamed by your religion can be an incredibly painful and isolating experience for an LGBTQ+ person.  The scars can be deep and impact multiple areas of your life. Maybe you had to hide who you really were to avoid being rejected and ostracized.  Or maybe you were sent to conversion therapy (which not only “failed” but caused you great harm).  You may struggle with internal conflict between the ideals of your religious upbringing and living your authentic life.  Heteronormativity and homophobia can seep in and become internalized, causing feelings of self-disgust or self-hatred.   These feelings are all real and valid.  They can have a lasting and profound impact on your life.  So, let’s process your religious trauma and get you to a better place.
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Women and Religious Trauma

 

Historically, religion has been a tool to wield power and exert control.  This is especially true when it comes to people identifying as women and those assigned female at birth (ASFB). 

Did you grow up feeling like women were inferior to men?  Were there extreme social norms to keep women in line and reinforce the idea that women are:

  • Required to be submissive to men.
  • Inferior to men.
  • Too emotional/irrational to make decisions.
  • Required to dress modestly and behave like a “lady.”
  • Not allowed be in leadership positions.
  • Destined to be wives and mothers.
  • Must be submissive to men.
  • Must never have sex outside of the context of marriage (to a man, of course).

It’s BS, right?  Even though you know that, it’s still impacts your life and how you see yourself in relation to others.  It’s okay.  It takes time to process religious trauma, reframe experiences, and make changes.  We can help!

Former Members of Extreme Religions

If you were a former member of a cult or extreme religion, you might have religious trauma.  

High-demand religious groups often require their members to:

  • Conform to strict codes of behavior
  • Abide by a rigid and uncompromising belief system
  • Avoid socializing with those outside the group

You may struggle with conflicting feelings of missing the tightly-knit community that provided a sense of belonging and purpose.  Maybe you feel lonely and isolated, unwilling to return to your previous life, but not sure how to create connections, community, traditions, and rituals in your new life.

You may need to rebuild your identity and discover who you are.  What do you want your life to look like now that you can be yourself?  It’s okay if you don’t know.  This is a safe space to explore your religious trauma and create a new life.

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Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse in a Religious Context

 

Although not common, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in religious environments (and perpetrated by “religious leaders”) does happen in the context of a religious environment.  The trauma of this type of abuse can have serious and long-lasting consequences.

Often victims are not believed because of the reputation of the perpetrator.  Other times they are believed, but the “incident” is handled within the organization rather than through the legal system.  

 

What is a secular therapy environment?

Even though therapists are ethically required to put aside their values, they don’t always do this.  We wanted to create a secular therapy environment where you can feel free to discuss religion and spirituality if you want but also feel free to leave religion out of the discussion (and not have it sneak in via religious undertones or moral judgment).  
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COLLIN COUNTY TEXAS

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Frisco LGBTQ+ therapy: Your safe space for healing and growth in Frisco, Texas.

We see clients in-person and online from our Plano, Texas office.  Most of our clients come from Collin County and surrounding areas:

  • Allen
  • Celina
  • Dallas
  • Frisco
  • Lewisville
  • Little Elm
  • Lucas
  • McKinney
  • Murphy
  • Parker
  • Plano
  • Prinston
  • Prosper
  • Richardson
  • Southlake
  • The Colony

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* By clicking Submit, you permit us to contact you by email, phone, or text.  Don’t worry – we won’t send you junk.  It’s just to schedule a consultation and see if we can help you!