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What I wish my therapist knew about Religious Trauma

 “Leaving means losing your identity, your worldview, your relationships, your sense of safety, your hope, your potential for healing through the channels you’ve always been told that healing comes.” E

On What I Wish my Therapist knew about Religious Trauma:

When the ground started to give way beneath me and my faith was unravelling, I found it hard to find a therapist who could relate to what I was going through. I didn’t have language for it myself and didn’t know I needed trauma-informed support, ways to process strong emotions and healing for my nervous system.

This mini-course is designed to broaden your understanding of religious trauma, spiritual abuse, and painful experiences in high-demand church and religious settings.

It includes a video where I outline definitions and terms, common presentations of this sort of trauma in counselling and what we know about how it impacts people.  So much of what we know comes from the north American context, but the Australian and New Zealand religious landscape and the way we relate to religion here is different. While we are more secular, the fallout from religious trauma is just as real.

What I wish my therapist knew about religious trauma is affordable and accessible and available now.
I know it will be helpful as you support people through this challenging journey.


I co-facilitate a Facebook Group for Australian & New Zealand therapists who work with or want to learn more about Religious Trauma. You can join here.


“Jane is a wealth of knowledge and heart in the world of Religious Trauma, and she shares this in her eBook The Sentimental Non-Believer. She understands it theoretically and personally. As a fellow Religious Trauma Therapist, I know the need for resources like this that will help other therapists put language to experiences of their clients. Religious Trauma is not always well understood, and too often our clients are getting re-traumatised and hurt by therapists who simply don’t understand. This resource will be a stepping stone to that understanding. Jane introduces you to many of the concepts and concerns surrounding Religious Trauma and she does so in a way that is easy to understand and relatable.

In addition to the videos, the documents detailing resources and the lived experience of those navigating Religious Trauma will be invaluable to you and your clients.”

Sam Sellers. Anchored Counselling Services.

“What I Wish My Therapist Knew About Religious Trauma” holds immense value for both seasoned practitioners and those new to the challenges posed by religious trauma. In a field where resources tailored to the Australian and New Zealand context are scarce, this is an affordable and accessible gem. It provides a safe and personable space for therapists to delve into the intricate landscape of religious trauma. The information presented goes beyond the surface, providing an amazing depth of resources and lived stories that resonate with the experiences of those who have lived through religious fundamentalism. 

As both a therapist working with religious trauma and someone who has lived experience, I felt seen and heard throughout the entire program. The depth of resources provided equips therapists with practical tools to enhance their therapeutic approach when working with clients who have experienced religious trauma.

It’s a vital resource for therapists committed to supporting clients with lived experience of fundamentalism. This course is a beacon of knowledge, fostering a community of therapists who can approach religious trauma with the sensitivity, insight, and expertise it demands. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to any therapist seeking to deepen their understanding and enhance their effectiveness in safely addressing religious trauma.”

Elise Heerde. Trauma-Informed Counsellor/Coach.

“I enrolled in this course with a specific focus on addressing religious trauma, a prevalent aspect in my professional work. The motivation stemmed from the challenges I faced in finding therapy-specific information on this subject. Throughout the course, I found the experience to be engaging and logically structured. The course effectively deepened my understanding of religious trauma across various contexts.

It provided valuable references to research, offering a robust foundation for my therapeutic approach. One notable aspect was the clear direction it provided in terms of therapies and modalities, paving the way for further education and equipping me with practical tools to support clients.

Jane demonstrated exceptional clarity and articulation in conveying information. Her presentation style contributed significantly to the overall positive learning experience. I highly recommend this course for individuals seeking to delve into the realm of working with religious trauma in therapy.

It strikes a wonderful balance between brief, direct information and engaging, practical tools, making it an invaluable resource for professionals in the field.”

Fiona Rogerson. Perinatal & Trauma Counsellor.

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Who is this resource for?

About the Course

What I Wish my Therapist knew about Religious Trauma is an online mini-course that includes short videos and downloadable resources.
Including, my story, eBook “The Sentimental Non-Believer. On Loving & Leaving God”

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Coming soon, Freedom from Religious Trauma. An online course for people seeking to find language for their experience of leaving church and/or faith and rebuild their lives.

Online Course - $79.00

Download 'Melancholy': an excerpt from "The Sentimental Non-Believer."

Melancholy is a reflection on the way Easter used to feel and how it feels now.