Therapy for religious and non-religious identified individuals struggling with religious shame, identity, or trauma

 

 

 

 

You don't have to struggle alone!

 

If you grew up strongly identifying with your religious faith but:

  • You have serious doubts or have left your faith
  • Part of your identity is marginalized by your faith community
  • You have been abused or betrayed by a religious figure

I understand how earth shattering this can be. When the foundations that we have built our understanding of life on shake or crumble, we lose parts of ourselves, our sense of meaning and purpose, and often times our trust and connection with those closest to us. This can lead to existential crisis, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, disillusionment, and isolation. As a licensed therapist who has struggled through my own faith journey, I bring deep compassion, understanding, and non-judgment to my healing work with individuals suffering from religious shame or trauma. Although I no longer identify as religious, I respect people of all faith backgrounds, and I believe that healing can be found in or out of a religious context. I would be delighted to walk with you on your journey of faith or out of the faith. If you have any questions or concerns about me, my work, or if therapy is right for you, I would be more than happy to speak with you!

Therapy for religious and non-religious identified individuals struggling with religious shame, identity, or trauma

You don’t have to struggle alone!

If you grew up strongly identifying with your religious faith but:

  • You have serious doubts or have left your faith
  • Part of your identity is marginalized by your faith community
  • You have been abused or betrayed by a religious figure

I understand how earth shattering this can be. When the foundations that we have built our understanding of life on shake or crumble, we lose parts of ourselves, our sense of meaning and purpose, and often times our trust and connection with those closest to us. This can lead to existential crisis, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, disillusionment, and isolation. As a licensed therapist who has struggled through my own faith journey, I bring deep compassion, understanding, and non-judgment to my healing work with individuals suffering from religious shame or trauma. Although I no longer identify as religious, I respect people of all faith backgrounds, and I believe that healing can be found in or out of a religious context. I would be delighted to walk with you on your journey of faith or out of the faith. If you have any questions or concerns about me, my work, or if therapy is right for you, I would be more than happy to speak with you!

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”

   -Dr. Brené Brown

Do you suffer from Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS)?

You may be suffering from Religious Trauma Syndrome if you grew up strongly identified with religion and you are dealing with the following symptoms:

  • Negative beliefs about self-ability & self-worth
  • Black & white thinking
  • Perfectionism
  • Difficulty with decision-making
  • Confusion
  • Poor critical thinking ability
  • Depression, anxiety, anger, or grief
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty with pleasure
  • Loss of meaning
  • Loss of social network
  • Family rupture
  • Sexual difficulty
  • Unfamiliarity with secular world
  • Difficulty belonging
  • Information gaps (e.g. evolution, modern art, music)

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”

-Dr. Brené Brown     

Do you suffer from Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS)?

 

You may be suffering from Religious Trauma Syndrome if you grew up strongly identified with religion and you are dealing with the following symptoms:

  • Negative beliefs about self-ability & self-worth
  • Black & white thinking
  • Perfectionism
  • Difficulty with decision-making
  • Confusion
  • Poor critical thinking ability
  • Depression, anxiety, anger, or grief
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty with pleasure
  • Loss of meaning
  • Loss of social network
  • Family rupture
  • Sexual difficulty
  • Unfamiliarity with secular world
  • Difficulty belonging
  • Information gaps (e.g. evolution, modern art, music)

Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.

Anaïs Nin     

My Faith Story

 

I was raised in a tiny town in the middle of good ol’ Midwestern cornfields. When I was 12-years-old and joined the local church youth group, I discovered the meaning of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and became a passionate, outspoken Evangelical Christian. Growing up as a minority in a predominantly White town, up until that point, I was very confused about who I was, and I wasn’t sure how to fit in. When I became a born-again Christian, I finally had an identity that made sense to me, as well as a sense of meaning and purpose. Additionally, becoming Christian was a right-of-passage of sorts into being accepted as a “real American.”  I was finally able to find common ground with the people in my community and find a way to connect. 

After high school, I went to college at a very conservative, Evangelical liberal arts school called Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois…

My Faith Story

I was raised in a tiny town in the middle of good ol’ Midwestern cornfields. When I was 12-years-old and joined the local church youth group, I discovered the meaning of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and became a passionate, outspoken Evangelical Christian. Growing up as a minority in a predominantly White town, up until that point, I was very confused about who I was, and I wasn’t sure how to fit in. When I became a born-again Christian, I finally had an identity that made sense to me, as well as a sense of meaning and purpose. Additionally, becoming Christian was a right-of-passage of sorts into being accepted as a “real American.”  I was finally able to find common ground with the people in my community and find a way to connect.

After high school, I went to college at a very conservative, Evangelical liberal arts school called Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois…

 

Want to learn more?

 Give me a call or send me an email! I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and get to know you so we can see if we’d make a good fit. 

630-384-9065 | steph@steph-lee.com

Stephanie Lee, LCSW | 3150 18th St. Suite 501 | San Francisco, CA 94110 | Google Map

Want to learn more?

 Give me a call or send me an email! I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and get to know you so we can see if we’d make a good fit. 

630-384-9065 | steph@steph-lee.com

Stephanie Lee, LCSW | 3150 18th St. Suite 501 | San Francisco, CA 94110 | Google Map

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630-384-9065 | steph@steph-lee.com

Healing Religious Shame | 3150 18th St. Suite 501 | San Francisco, CA 94110 | Google Map