I help people heal from religious trauma by releasing shame and fear and connecting to their true, authentic self.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Collins, CO
My therapeutic focus has always been religious trauma and spiritual abuse. In grad school, I focused all of my work on addressing this issue, learning evidence-based modalities, tools, and skills that help to resolve trauma in the body, mind and emotions. I am passionate about healing religious trauma, and assisting my clients in finding their unique pathway to healing and wholeness.
Symptoms of PTSD and Complex PTSD are deeply engrained in our bodies. When we encounter reminders of our past trauma, our bodies immediately begin their defense mechanisms fight, flight, freeze, or fawn. The fear is felt in our bodies and so to resolve this fear, we have to start by calming our bodies. I bring researched body healing techniques to my practice to assist clients in learning how to get calm in the midst of a triggered trauma response.
I chose to complete my studies in Social Work, specifically to study systems of oppression in our society, with a strong focus on religious systems of oppression. I am well-versed in religious systems of oppression, but this understanding translates to any hierarchical system: racism, workplace discrimination, family systems of oppression, interpersonal oppression (abuse and neglect), and financial oppression (capitalism). Where you have humans in societies together, there is always risk.
I have received, and continue to engage in training for trauma-informed therapy, and in techniques to address and resolve trauma in the body, mind, and emotions.
I am in the process of receiving training and certification in Internal Family Systems therapy.
I have completed 12 clinical training hours in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I intentionally focused my graduate school training on finding and applying researched-based healing modalities to religious trauma and spiritual abuse. I continue to focus my practice and continued trainings on addressing and resolving religious trauma. This is my central focus of practice, training, and healing.