Entries by Jennifer Kendrick

Religious Trauma Podcast Haul

Here are some podcast recommendations that deal specifically with religious trauma: 1.The Bad Christian Podcast: “asking questions and challenging evangelical Christianity and have found the same problems widespread across cultures where authenticity is low and desire to control people and their behavior is high.” 2. Can I Say This At Church Podcast: “A weekly podcast […]

Safety in Intimate Relationships: Commitment

This is the fourth in a multi-part series on Safety in Intimate Relationships. Check out the previous blogs on Physical Safety, Emotional Safety, and Intellectual Safety! When I have conversations with people about safety in intimate relationships, often the only thing that comes to mind is physical safety. However, safety encompasses more than that. Here […]

Religious Trauma & Purity Culture

Note: This post contains specific language about sex, physical bodies, and a brief mention of sexual assault. In purity culture, expectations for behavior are based on strict, highly stereotyped gender binaries. There are acceptable behaviors for boys and men, and different acceptable behaviors for girls and women. Purity culture is not a strictly “Christian thing,” […]

What is Religious Trauma?

Over the past year, I have undergone specialized training in treating religious trauma. This type of trauma is a kind of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that Restoration Counseling defines as “a group of symptoms that arise in response to traumatic or stressful religious experiences.” Of course, this is not a new thing. The initial writings […]

Unpacking Religious Trauma

In order to begin to unpack religious trauma, practitioners, as well as clients, must understand three key terms or stages. The emotions associated with these phases can vary, depending on your stance on the issue of organized religion. Here is a basic overview: Deconstruction The person begins questioning the teachings and doctrines of the organization. […]

Safety in Intimate Relationships: Intellectual safety

This is the third in a multi-part series on Safety in Intimate Relationships. (Check out the previous blogs on Emotional Safety and Physical Safety!) When I have conversations with people about safety in intimate relationships, often the only thing that comes to mind is physical safety. However, safety encompasses more than that. Here are some […]

Safety in Intimate Relationships: Emotional Safety

Emotional safety is essential in our relationships with others. How do you know if you’re emotionally safe in a relationship? You can talk to your partner about emotional subjects without worrying about how they’ll react. Your concerns are taken seriously by your partner. A partner doesn’t use things you’ve told them in confidence against you. […]

Safety in Intimate Relationships: Physical safety

When I talk to people about feeling safe in their relationships, usually physical safety is the first thing that comes to mind. When someone says they feel unsafe in their relationship, we almost automatically assume that their partner is hitting them. However, physical safety goes deeper than that. Below are some red flags for physical […]