Shattered Soul? Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit after Abuse and Trauma

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Published on December 25, 2017

Abuse of all kinds not only injures the survivor psychologically, the soul and spirit are assaulted and wounded as well. These soul wounds often go unnoticed and untreated, and can greatly inhibit the healing process and even the recovery of survivors of abuse and trauma. Sex addicts who are survivors, and who suffer from abuse related spiritual wounds, will often find themselves stymied or even blocked as they attempt to work the spiritual program of the Twelve Steps. This presentation will help participants learn how to identify these spiritual wounds of their clients, and provide a road-map for healing and transforming this soul trauma through a spiritual healing process called The Five Pathways: Spiritual Courage, Holy Anger, Grief, Forgiveness, and Spiritual Transformation. These Pathways provide practical, yet deeply spiritual processes for healing and transformation. Participants will experience some of these processes as well as how to utilize them in their own work with clients. Our approach respects all spiritual traditions and practices, and works to empower clients to re-discover their own spiritual resources for their healing and recovery journey. This work is based in our clinical experience of integrating psychological and spiritual treatment processes with survivors of abuse and with sex addicts, and on our recently published book, Shattered Soul? Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit after Abuse and Trauma (WordStream Publishing, 2011). Patrick Fleming is a CSAT supervisor and psychotherapist practicing in St. Louis, MO. He also has a Master of Divinity degree and years of pastoral experience as a hospital chaplain and spiritual coach. His work has focused on integrating spirituality into psychological counseling with both sexual addicts and survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. In recent years, this has included treatment of clerical sexual offenders and abusers. Patrick is the principal co-author of two books: Shattered Soul? Five Pathways to Healing the Spirit after Abuse and Trauma (WordStream Publishing, 2011) and Broken Trust: Stories of Pain, Hope, and Healing from Clerical Abuse Survivors and Abusers (Crossroad Publishing, 2007). Sue Lauber-Fleming is a psychotherapist and personal coach in St. Louis, MO. She is also a psychiatric nurse, and has had extensive pastoral experience as a hospital chaplain and chaplain supervisor. She has been a consultant to several religious organizations in the St. Louis region. In her counseling work, Sue has centered on the psychological and spiritual healing process of women survivors of abuse of all kinds, especially those who are victims of clerical sexual abuse. Sue has co-authored both Shattered Soul? and Broken Trust in which she has told her own story of emotional and spiritual healing from childhood sexual abuse. With her husband Patrick, Sue is a co-founder of Double Rainbow Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting dedicated to integrating healthy spirituality into the psychological healing processes of counseling and recovery.

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