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Religious Trauma Syndrome Recovery & Support Group

Religious Trauma Syndrome Recovery

Religious Trauma Syndrome recovery involves addressing the negative impacts of religious trauma on an individual's mental and emotional well-being. It's important to seek out resources that can provide support and guidance through the recovery process.

One way to find support is through a Religious Trauma Syndrome support group. These groups offer a safe and understanding environment for individuals to share their experiences and receive support from others who have experienced similar trauma. Additionally, attending therapy sessions with a secular mental health professional who specializes in treating religious trauma can also be beneficial in working through trauma and developing coping skills to manage symptoms.

Recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome includes examining how religious training continues to impact survivors, exploring residual fundamentalist paradigms, and learning how to think critically.

It's important to remember that recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome is a journey, and it may take time to heal. Seeking out support from others who understand and having patience with oneself can be essential components of the recovery process. With time, dedication, and the right resources, individuals can find healing and move forward with their lives.

What is Religious Trauma Syndrome?

Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a condition that results from the harmful effects of religion on an individual's mental and emotional well-being. It can occur in people who have experienced negative, abusive, or controlling behavior or indoctrination from religious institutions, leaders, or members. Symptoms of RTS can include anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, and difficulty trusting others. Individuals may struggle with their own beliefs, have difficulty integrating into secular society, and feel a sense of isolation. Therapy and support groups can help individuals work through the trauma and find healing.

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Religious Trauma Syndrome Symptoms

Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a condition caused by the negative effects of authoritarian religions on an individual's mental and emotional well-being. Symptoms of RTS can include:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Difficulty trusting others and self

  • Lagging behind peers in social understanding or cultural references

  • Educational gaps, particularly related to science and sexuality

  • Loss of identity

  • Negative impacts on sexuality

  • Difficulty with decision-making


These symptoms can cause significant distress and impact a person's ability to function in their daily life. It's important to seek help and support to address RTS symptoms and find healing.

Causes of Religious Trauma Syndrome

Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a condition that can result from negative experiences within religious institutions or authoritarian religious families and relationships. Causes of RTS include:

  • Religious-based abuse, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by religious authorities or parents

  • Religious authoritarianism, which involves control and manipulation by religious leaders, institutions,  guardians, or family members

  • Traumatic events or experiences that are justified or ignored by religious teachings

  • Spiritual bypassing, where individuals use religion to avoid dealing with emotional issues

  • Negative beliefs or messages about oneself or the world that are reinforced by religious teachings

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How Do I Recover From Religious Trauma Syndrome? 

Recovering from Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) can be a complex process, but there are several strategies that can be helpful. One of the most effective strategies is seeking support from a religious trauma syndrome support group or seeking help from a secular coach, consultant, or therapist offering religious trauma syndrome therapy. Support groups can provide validation and a sense of community, while therapy can offer specialized guidance and support. In addition, practicing self-care, such as mindfulness and healthy boundaries, can be helpful in managing symptoms. Education about RTS can also be a crucial component of recovery, as it can provide a deeper understanding of the experiences and offer tools for healing. Recovery from religious trauma can take time, but with the right support and strategies, it is possible to move towards a brighter future.

Religious Trauma Syndrome Therapy

Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) work can be done as therapy, coaching, or consulting to create an effective strategy for RTS recovery. RTS counselling work typically involves a trauma-informed approach that focuses on helping survivors process their experiences and develop coping strategies. The clinician may also use specific techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to address specific symptoms. 

Religious trauma syndrome coaching can also be helpful for those seeking a safe and supportive space to talk about their experiences and feelings. 

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In RTS therapy using either counseling, coaching, or consulting, the clinician can offer guidance, validation, and empathy, while also helping the client to develop a sense of agency and empowerment. Through RTS therapy, survivors can work towards healing and growth, and develop the tools they need to move forward towards a brighter future.

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Religious Trauma Syndrome Support Group

A religious trauma syndrome support group can be a safe and understanding space for someone who has experienced trauma related to their religious upbringing or involvement. It's a group of people who share similar experiences and can offer support and validation to one another.


The group can provide a sense of community and belonging, which can be particularly important for someone who may feel isolated or ostracized due to their religious trauma. Members of the group can share their stories, listen to each other, and offer empathy and understanding.

In addition to emotional support, a religious trauma syndrome support group may also offer practical tools and resources to help members cope with their trauma. This can include therapy referrals, self-care techniques, and educational materials on religious trauma and its effects.

Ultimately, the goal of a religious trauma syndrome support group is to help individuals heal and move forward from their traumatic experiences, while also feeling validated, supported, and understood.

I offer RTS support groups. Get in touch to find out if they are right for you.

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Self care

Self-care is an essential strategy for recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS), as it can help survivors manage their symptoms and promote healing. Self-care can include practices such as mindfulness, exercise, healthy eating, and spending time in nature. It can also involve setting boundaries with toxic religious or spiritual practices, and engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment. Self-care can be enhanced by participating in a RTS support group and engaging in RTS therapy and coaching, as these can provide validation, education, and social support. Through self-care, survivors can reclaim their sense of agency and empowerment, and build a foundation for healing and growth.


Being part of a community is an important strategy for recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS), as it can provide validation, support, and a sense of belonging. Such a community can take different forms, including specific RTS support groups facilitated by a RTS therapist or consultant, or a group of friends and loved ones who are understanding and accepting. Engaging in RTS therapy can also provide a sense of community, as it involves working with a therapist who is knowledgeable about RTS and can provide guidance and support. Through community, survivors can feel less alone and more connected to others, which can promote healing and growth. Community can also provide opportunities for learning, sharing experiences, and building relationships, all of which can be powerful tools for recovery from RTS.


Education is a crucial strategy for recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS), as it can provide survivors with a better understanding of their experiences and equip them with tools and strategies for healing. Education can come from a variety of sources, including RTS support groups, RTS therapy and coaching, books, articles, and online resources. In a RTS support group, survivors can learn from the experiences of others, gain insights into their own trauma, and receive information about coping strategies and resources. RTS therapy can also provide education, as therapists and coaches can offer psychoeducation about RTS and provide guidance on specific issues. Through education, survivors can develop a more comprehensive understanding of their experiences, gain a sense of empowerment, and build a foundation for healing and growth.

Get in Touch Today for Religious Trauma Recovery

If you are struggling with Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS), know that there is hope and help available to you. Recovery is a journey, and there are many strategies that can help you heal and grow. Self-care is an essential part of recovery and involves practices like mindfulness, exercise, and healthy boundaries. Being part of a supportive RTS recovery community can provide validation, support, and a sense of belonging. Education is another key strategy and can come from a variety of sources, including RTS therapy or consulting/coaching, support groups, and online resources. Through education, survivors can gain a better understanding of their experiences and develop tools and strategies for healing.

As a registered professional counsellor and religious trauma recovery coach, I am equipped to provide information and support to those struggling with RTS. I can help connect you with resources for RTS recovery including books, conferences, podcasts, YT channels, and support groups. I can also offer insights and guidance on your journey towards healing. If you are interested in learning more about how I can support you, I encourage you to schedule a free consultation with me. Together, we can work towards building a brighter future free from the effects of Religious Trauma Syndrome.

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