Recovery from spiritual/religious abuse can be difficult
Don’t walk that road alone!
When someone sets out to find freedom from a spiritually abusive environment they can quickly become overwhelmed. It can be an isolating feeling to break out of an unhealthy faith community, spiritually abusive relationship, or system.
How do I know I’ve been experiencing spiritual abuse?
Spiritual/religious abuse presents itself in different ways in different places. It’s always important to remember that this type of abuse can be evident in personal relationships, church environments, faith-based school systems (primary and higher education) as well as work environments.
If you find yourself wondering if you may have been in an spiritually abusive environment here are some characteristics that often present themselves:
- There is a misuse of Scripture; fear based leadership that requires obedience to the abusive system.
- Requirements for secrecy and silence about things that occur within the church system.
- Fear based messaging which results in skepticism of those outside the system. This can include teaching members to avoid books, Bible studies, materials from sources outside the group.
- Pressure to confirm in appearance and behaviors
- The system has its own language or terms that those outside the system would not understand
- There is often authoritarian leadership and a leader who can be very preoccupied with an appearance of righteousness
- The church, leadership or system does not welcome questioning or criticism of its practices – it suppresses alternative ideas
- There is a lack of freedom and conformity is emphasized instead
This list is not comprehensive.
It is a list of some examples that might relate to your circumstance. There are a wide variety of ways spiritual abuse presents.
So, you realize you have been a victim. What now?
Educating yourself, finding a great counselor and surrounding yourself with a supportive environment can be great places to start.
Community can be a vital part of recovery
Often a person can start to question, “Am I crazy?” because spiritual abuse is complex and it’s hard to find validation about your experience if you are isolated within the unhealthy community.
I’ve created a community where you can learn more about what spiritual abuse is, how it affects people and tools to work toward recovery.
What is the membership community?
This community is a safe space to educate yourself and find community with others who are coping with similar circumstances.
You will find a members-only community to expand your knowledge while walking toward freedom together.
What does the membership include?
- Each month a different topic is addressed
- Once monthly informational video to introduce that month’s topic
- Once monthly Q&A about designated topic
- Once monthly moderated live-group video chat
- Resources (videos,articles) shared
This community can be beneficial for those working through abuse history in counseling, those who have previously been engaged in counseling and those who are simply looking for a community of support as they sort through the spiritual abuse they have endured.
Investment: $47/monthly membership
The membership will be opening *soon*
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