I used to have a very strong Christian belief system. I was raised in a typical conservative, evangelical Christian church, and I carried a lot of those doctrines into my adult life. Only in the last few years have I started to realize how patriarchal, misogynistic, dysfunctional, and utterly toxic a lot of those concepts and communities really are — which is another topic for another day. But I’m saying that so you know where I’m coming from. This upbringing, combined with a lot of very traumatic and disempowering experiences in the realm of psychology and psychotherapy, made me seek other options when I needed help as an adult coming to terms with having a dissociative disorder (caused by ongoing trauma during childhood). This appealed to me because of the importance of my faith to me at that time. So instead of starting the grueling and frustrating search for a capable psychotherapist, I turned to a faith-based approach to healing. Enter the concept of “inner healing prayer,” and all its corresponding methods, techniques, and ministries. I started meeting with Denise Hughes of Transformation Ministries in 2013. I actually knew her for about 6–7 years before that. I met her in 2006 when […]
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