I grew up moving all over the southern Bible Belt, and now co-own Dallas Therapy Collective in Dallas, Texas where I see clients, provide supervision, and run trainings and workshops. I may have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, but you can just call me Kathryn.
I think I first became interested in religious abuse when I found out my roommate in college had grown up in a cult. We would just chat at night, and I learned a lot about her upbringing and how devastating it was for her to process all of that in her recovery. I went on to do my dissertation on spiritual abuse and create a clinical scale to measure spiritual trauma. Now, I primarily work in treating clients that have experienced trauma of all kinds, but I specialize in religious abuse and clients the LGBTQIA+ community. There's a ton of overlap, after all.
As a therapist, my goal is to get to know my clients and understand their world as much as I can. I want to understand how their cultural identities, parts of their personality, and any symptoms they might be having play roles in their bigger story.
In and outside of work, I strive to develop trusting relationships where anyone can dare to be their authentic self. I value openness and gentle challenges to help gain perspective or to correct a misunderstanding. Through that vulnerability, I believe there can be healing. Healing comes through relationships.
Check out this episode from Alec Cowen's podcast where we go into detail on religious abuse.
Here's an article from Baptist News Global about the spiritual abuse work I do.
Check out this webinar with the International Cultic Studies Association.