Moments of Connection: Religious Trauma & NARM

Jenny Winkel, a trauma practitioner and specialist in working with Religious Trauma Syndrome, and Brad Kammer, a fellow trauma practitioner and specialist in working with complex trauma, engage in a fascinating dialogue on the process of healing from fundamentalist, religious trauma.

Jenny shares both her professional and personal experience of healing the wounds from a fundamentalist upbringing and how this informs her work with others who may be impacted by religious trauma.

In this discussion, Jenny and Brad touch upon the disconnections that occur from religious trauma – beginning early in life with disconnection from the body (body as sinful), moving into childhood with disconnection from one’s authentic self (to meet the rules and standards of the religion and culture), and the ongoing, constant threat of loss of family and community (excommunication).

In the context of healing from early trauma, Jenny and Brad reflect on the role of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) in addressing the patterns of trauma laid down by religious trauma. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. They have long-lasting effects that can lead to mental illness, substance abuse issues, medical disorders, as well as behavior, relational and social challenges.

Seen in this way, healing complex trauma can be a vehicle for transformation on a personal and collective level.

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