Recovery from Harmful Religion
Have you left a fundamentalist or authoritarian religion behind? Where you once had structure, purpose, and a close-knit community, do you now find yourself alone, wondering what happened – and what comes next?
WINTER IS COMING - and if your parents are religious, demands for you to attend religious services & family dinners are increasing. As a registered professional counsellor and religious recovery consultant who Divorced Religion after nearly 40 years, I can help you navigate this stressful time. For added support and community, participate in the Divorcing Religion Workshop (Nov 7 - Dec 12, 2021) to connect with others who are likewise making the move from sacred to secular life.
Much like a marital divorce, Divorcing Religion can be painful, confusing, and exhausting – with the added burden of isolation. The grief experienced when leaving fundamentalism is compounded by a lack of support and understanding.
Developed by a formerly devout fundamentalist evangelical Christian of over 40 years, Divorcing Religion is an on-line, live, interactive 6-week workshop designed to help you transition out of religion and into secular life.
November 7 - December 12
WELCOME to the Divorcing Religion Workshop, a 6-module course for those making the move from sacred to secular life. Just like the end of a marriage, divorce from your once-loved religion can feel painful, exhausting, and confusing. The loss and grief are real. The good news is, just like there is life after marital divorce, there is also life after Divorcing Religion - and it can be a life more authentic and rewarding than you have ever experienced.
As with romantic divorce, there are stages to Divorcing Religion, which I have broken down over 6 weeks:
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO: Realizing It's Over - This module challenges you to accept what has occurred so that you can begin to build your new life.
UNCOMFORTABLY NUMB: Grieving Your Losses - This module encourages you to acknowledge and explore your losses, in order to grieve and grow.
SEPARATION AGREEMENT: Healthy Boundaries - This module encourages you to gain clarity on what you have left behind and what you are willing to accept in your new life.
GETTING ALONG WITH YOURSELF & YOUR EX:
Part A - Identity Reconstruction - This part is designed to move you from spiritual refugee to bold adventurer.
Part B - Integrating Your Losses - This part gets you acquainted with the very helpful cognitive tool of reframing, helping you further finalize your divorce and move on to your healthy new life.
PLENTY OF FISH: Finding & Building Your New Communities - This module looks at developing intentional communities to make your new life functional and enjoyable.
MIND CONTROL: Don't Let an Old Flame Burn You Twice - This module looks at ensuring that you don't fall prey to fundamentalist thinking again.