Heal from Religious Harm and Indoctrination (Religious Trauma) & Find Healthy Spirituality
Have you experienced religious trauma or spiritual abuse? For many people, belonging to a religious group is one of the most important aspects of their lives, but it can also be psychologically traumatizing. Harmful religious teachings can crush your self-worth and self-esteem, leaving you anxious, sexually repressed, isolated, and powerless. Questioning your religious beliefs can be a terrifying process and losing your religious identity can feel like you’re losing everything and having to start over from scratch. People who have left a religious group may even suffer from Religious Trauma Syndrome.
On this site, I offer coaching and group programs for healing from religious trauma, as well as many articles and talks on specific topics to aid you in your healing journey.
If you would like to talk with me for support, schedule a free Inner Freedom Breakthrough Session. My intention is to help you feel deeply heard and supported, gain clarity, learn a few expert tips, and if it seems like I can support you further, see whether individual coaching or my group program is a fit for you.
I’m Andrew Jasko, M.Div., MA Counseling Psychology in progress. As a former Princeton Seminary educated minister, I had to leave my religious faith and community because of the severe psychological trauma I experienced. After spending years researching religious trauma and helping my clients transform their lives, I am considered an expert in healing religious trauma. I am an acclaimed speaker, writer, and coach in the field of religious trauma and the integration of psychology and spirituality. My clients hire me to heal and find healthy, authentic spirituality that suits them. Join our Facebook support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/religioustrauma.
“Before working with Andrew, I was struggling with ongoing worry about the future, eternity, and what my life without religion would look like. During the Life After Dogma Program, I was able to face my fears, understand the root of my trauma and ways of healing. After taking his program, I have been able to discover myself and determine the life I want to live. This has been one of the most spiritually exciting breakthroughs for me. Beforehand, I carried subtle but ongoing feelings of guilt and anxiety. Now I have the tools to cope with those fears and live each day with gratitude and excitement. If I could share one piece of advice for other people with similar experiences – it would be to embrace this journey and be excited for what you will learn about yourself. Growing and healing is something to be celebrated, not feared.” – Jamie
“When I began working with Andrew, I was devastated by a dream living situation and job opportunity that had fallen apart. Because this crisis happened simultaneously with one of the greatest spiritual awakenings of my life, I was overwhelmed, confused, and in emotional turmoil. Part of me felt like I was going to be stuck with this forever. Andrew skillfully navigated me through difficult mental and emotional terrain with a calm and steady presence. With his help, I was able to see into fresh territory in this domain that had plagued me, including how my traumas, childhood history, and past religious background played into my present situation. After a few sessions of working with Andrew, I had experienced a big shift. I was able to transform my painful situation into a stepping stone for becoming a greater version of myself. I learned to ground and integrate my spiritual experiences. Now, my life is quite strikingly different. I developed my own Entrepreneurial brand based on extracting the gems from that challenging situation and I’m now making a living doing what I love.” – Jonathan
“Before working with Andrew, I was married and a stay at home wife and my husband went behind my back and filed for separation, I thought I was briefly at my parents to let him cool off, but instead, I had no choice but to deal with the fact that my husband didn’t love me anymore and he didn’t want me home anymore. I was thrown out of the nest and I realized I forgot about-ME. Before that, I was also coming out of religion during my marriage to my husband for 4 years we met at a supernatural Christian ministry school and I had dropped out of it prior to my marriage and was curious about a life without religion but was very afraid because I was “born again” since the age of 21 and had a crazy cool experience and threw myself into the church I started with the Assemblies of God. I was left with no car, no job, no dog, no money. I was really afraid because the traditional values I had, actually went against me completely. Emotionally I was traumatized because my husband said I was basically a demon and he spoke in tongues at me before he kicked me out, I was feeling like God hated me and it was all my fault. I was also really afraid of hell and being separated and about to be divorced, how could God let this happen to me, especially during a deadly scary pandemic? It was scary to even think of doing this program, I had NO money and Andrew assured me that I would be able to work through my blocks to finding work.
During the Life after Dogma program, Andrew made me feel safe emotionally, spiritually and gave me faith in my finances. I was able to find an affordable apartment within 2 months, I acquired things I needed for it and got 2 jobs fairly quickly after not working for 2 years during my marriage and it was nice that during the crazy, hectic work schedule I had, not be able to process my spirituality and really look at my thinking. I found a spirituality that worked for ME, God lives IN me and it’s ok to love and accept myself for who I am. I also was able to accept what happened in my marriage and that it was not my fault but a lot of it was wrong thinking and mind-sets/beliefs that were damaging. Today, my mind is open, I feel a freedom in my spirituality no longer afraid of God and hell, also working on not trying to please everyone and its OK to have flaws, and being brave enough to face my FEAR and make it into my FRIEND that benefits me. I still have a lot of work to do, but I am much more hopeful than when I started. I think one key thing is to not let fear hinder you from getting the help you need. Fear is a good thing and it helped me grow so much to create the positive changes I needed to make for myself. I think what contributed to my success also was meeting with Andrew every week consistently and putting in the spiritual work during my free time, also remembering his words “don’t judge yourself, don’t be so hard on yourself.” Andrew is a great life coach because he is kind, and is a very good listener, and not pushy about things you need to do, but tells you to “get curious” instead, which I found extremely helpful.” – Nicole
About me: I was born into a minister’s family and became a preacher and missionary to India, after studying theology at Wheaton College and Princeton Seminary. As a Christian, my relationship with God was my passion, but unhealthy religious teachings caused me an anxiety disorder, sexual repression, and spiritual disillusionment. I felt alone, traumatized, and abandoned. After an agonizing crisis of faith, I rejected religion and spirituality. I healed through mystical practices like meditation and psychedelics. My passion is to help you in your spiritual, religious, or life transition to heal and find your wholeness.
BOOK ME TO SPEAK: firstname.lastname@example.org about healing religious trauma and psychology, psychedelics, spiritual healing, and other topics. I also provide consultations for therapists and ministers and speak on podcasts and video channels.