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Trauma and the Crisis of Faith

Trauma is disorienting and fragmenting, and this often results in spiritual consequences.  Questions like “How could a loving God let this happen?” “Is God punishing me?” “What is God’s purpose in this?” or thoughts like “I must have done something to deserve this” may arise. We may even experience feelings of shame and failure as a Christian due to the doubt in God’s goodness or existence that may occur. All of these are common responses, and I create a safe space to explore this new sort of “crisis of faith” where our old understanding of God no longer fits into our experiences of the world. There are no easy answers here but having a therapist with Christian training in theology, soul care and Bible studies can help you navigate this new terrain.

Integrating the Christian faith into a clinical practice can look distinct for each therapist and my approach is careful and tailored to where you are specifically. Being a Christian can mean different things for each person, and we all come from distinct backgrounds of faith and our own preconceptions and understandings of God. It is, therefore, of great importance to me to identify if your faith is important to you and if you are having any spiritually related concerns to be addressed in counseling. I would then want to learn about your background and what your faith means to you now. This background can be important, specifically as I find that well-meaning members of the Christian community or leadership are often sources of great pain and even trauma which sometimes can make a person’s faith full of landmines that need to be carefully navigated. There are many factors to take into consideration here, and I carefully identify with you what you are looking for, if any, in terms of Christian spiritual support or guidance.

If your faith is not of significance to you at this time or if you aren’t a Christian, rest assured, I will help you to address your other treatment goals without imposing my beliefs on you or bringing Christianity into the conversation. I welcome all faiths and would love to help you in any way I am able to.

I’m passionate about seeing people recover from trauma, especially in relationship to connection with God and would be privileged to join you in this journey. Call 720-722-1434  or contact me today to see how I can provide further support for you.

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