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Here's all our best information on religious trauma, codependency, trauma responses and recovery. 

5 Books Your Therapist is Reading Now in 2022

We get a lot of requests for recommendations, so this week we want to share some books on religious trauma that our Woven therapists recommend!


Helen Jun- Helen recommends You are Your Own: Reckoning with the Religious Trauma of Evangelical Christianity by Jamie Finch.

“Rooted in her...

Two Ways of Overcoming Your Religious Trauma

Religious trauma is a specific kind of trauma that happens within religious or spiritual spaces. That means religious spaces, rituals, beliefs, members, and leaders can all be the perpetrators of trauma. You can read more about what defines religious trauma here. Religious trauma is...

Demands of Purity Culture & Its Impact

Purity Culture is a White, Evangelical Christian American phenomenon that was at its peak in the 1990s. Purity Culture strongly emphasized remaining pure by not engaging in impure sexual activity- any sexual activity outside of heterosexual Christian marriages.

Some of the media, organizations,...

How Destabilizing it is to Leave a Religious Community or Cult

No matter where you are in the deconstruction process, whether that be just beginning to question the church’s teachings or years away from the group’s control, it can be so destabilizing to actually leave a toxic group. After all, there are often many reasons why people identify with...

2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Trauma Survivors

The winter holiday season is upon us, and you might be shopping for yourself or others. We talked in an earlier blog about how this time of the year can be dysregulating (especially for those who have experienced trauma.

Some of these reasons are:

  • Disruption in your routine 

  • Traveling

  • ...
What is Deconstruction?

Let’s talk about deconstruction and what the heck that word actually means. This word is probably very familiar to you if you’ve been in the religious trauma world. We like to think of deconstruction as the slow “unbuilding” brick-by-brick of how you previously knew the...

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