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Religious Trauma 


Come discover a community-building space of like-minded people, interested in healing and growing together. 

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What is an Workshop?

Workshops are online events, held via Zoom, that cover important concepts within the Religious Trauma healing journey. We tackle each subject together, highlighting key themes and providing tools and a share space of connection.

What does an Workshop generalLy look like?

Workshops are an hour long, and tend to follow a similar format.

  • Education- In whatever theme we talk about, providing education about the topic, and the nuances of it is key. 

  • Impact- We provide time to discuss, in-depth, how this topic impacts those coming from a religious trauma background

  • Resources/ Tools- We provide time in each workshop to talk a bit about what can be helpful in unpacking this topic and providing the next steps. 

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Next Workshops!

March 28th at 2:30 PST

cost: $20

April 2nd at 4:00 PST

cost: $20

  • What is Religious Trauma and how do I know if I have it?
    Great question. When we are talking about religious trauma we are actually speaking to a host of concerns (mental health and physical) someone can have coming out of a religious/cult environment. The general definition we use when talking about Religious Trauma is: when a person's religious experience is stressful, degrading, dangerous, abusive, or damaging. Looking for more information on this subject? Feel free to check out my blog post on it, or this Youtube video.
  • What Can I expect at this upcoming workshop?
    Expect to connect with others, from all walks of life, that have had experiences similar to yours and who are looking for the next steps in their healing. Expect that our time together will consist of two four to five hour days, in which we will spend time together in groups, one-on-one and also leave time for solo interactions. The sense of this workshop is one of flow, where we hit on a variety of themes that tend to occur within religious trauma, and spend time processing each of these themes. ​ Expect that the experience is going to be a mix of interpersonal and one-on-one activities, exploring the nature of Religious Trauma, it's impact on your life and what the next steps of your healing can look like.
  • What Are Topics We Might Choose To Talk About?
    There is a model that we like to use, in talking about religious trauma, so we will guide our time together by exploring each element within this model. And, as we explore it, some of the areas we tend to talk about are below: -Relationships -Nervous System Regulation -Communication -Conflict -Personal Identity -Sexuality -Money -Shame -Attachment -Mental Health
  • What tools do people tend to walk away with?
    People tend to walk away with a mixture of experiences and tools. The workshops seeks to leave you with tools to deepen your understanding of religious trauma, how this continues to impact your process of embodiments and subjects and resources to bring back to your one-on-one therapy.
  • Who is this workshop for?
    This workshop is for anyone that has felt the impacts of religious trauma in their daily life, and who are looking to go deeper into the next stages of their healing journey.
  • Where will this workshop be held?
    This workshop will be held in Portland, OR.
  • How many people tend to go to a workshop?
    These workshops seek to have an intimate feel to them, so they tend to be limited to 8 people.
  • Are there any requirements to attend this workshop?
    The requirement to attend this workshop are that you've been attending individual therapy, and have been doing so for at least three months.
  • How Do I Sign Up?
    You will want to reach out to me at my email ( and explain your interest in the workshop. I really like to meet with everyone interested in a workshop, for a brief consult, just to get a sense of where they are in their healing journey, and what they are really seeking from this workshop. From there we will talk about next steps.

Meet your facilitator

My name is David Hayden

David is a Somatic Experiencing, IFS informed, and EMDR trained therapist. He often works with clients to heal from attachment wounds and has specialized in working with Religious Trauma survivors for over five years. 

His therapeutic style and approach to work with is one that mixes psychoeducational, genuine presence, and deep engagement in order to facilitate the healing process. 

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