Meet Jessica Hammock! A trauma recovery expert who is one of our speakers for the Finding Faith After Trauma Summit. Passionate about emotional wellness. She endeavors to teach others about emotional health, empowers them to break free of what is holding them back and connects them with their voice of freedom.

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A heads up that this post is not inclusive of all spiritual practices as it is simply impossible for me to include everything. The more I research, study, learn, and experience spiritual healing, the more I learn the limitless potential for spiritual healing to transpire. Spiritual healing can take many forms, offering unique benefits and paths to wellness.

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Abuse by clergy or church leaders is a invasive betrayal of personal boundaries that more than bruises a survivor’s core spiritual and personal identity. As a therapist and transformational coach, specializing in trauma recovery, I have worked with numerous survivors who have faced this loss of innocence resulting in shame that is NOT theirs to claim. The path to healing is undoubtedly painful but it can also be rewarding. Of course, this is difficult for any survivor to believe when a trauma or abuse is fresh. It is not helpful to tell someone “you will one day find your abuse rewarding.” That is a gross and unhelpful statement. Healing is rewarding, abuse is not.

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Religious trauma can rattle your faith, challenge your beliefs about you, the people around you, and the world you live in. Religious trauma can rob you of your innocence, sanity, health, and more. As a therapist specializing in trauma recovery, I often work with survivors who struggle with the dissonance between the pain inflicted by traumatic or abusive religious experiences and their spiritual beliefs. If you find yourself in a similar conflict, please reach out for help. Your pain is real and healing begins when you decide you are worthy of safe support. Reconciling the hurt done isn’t easy, but leads to a healing path, personal development, and spiritual growth and transformation.

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In the aftermath of trauma, it’s natural to search for reasons and explanations, particularly when it comes to understanding the role of a higher power in your suffering. Many of my clients struggle with the profound and painful question: “Why did God allow my trauma to happen?” This question is often at the heart of spiritual turmoil and can challenge the very foundations of your faith.

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