Links to Publications About Spiritual Abuse
“Spiritual narcissists love churches. By ‘narcissist,’ we are not talking about people who struggle with being too self-focused. That’s most of us. A narcissist is a person whose narcissism influences every aspect of their functioning. They are wholly self-focused, lacking in empathy, and willing to lie, cheat, and manipulate others to feed their insatiable need for power, control, and adoration.“Bonnie Ronstrom, Certified Coach and Pastoral Counselor
Spiritual abuse is a form of psychological abuse which happens when a narcissistic, legalistic and/or unsafe religious leader spiritually, verbally and/or emotionally abuses those in his or her care under the guise of religion (in the name of God and/or spirituality). It happens frequently in many religious settings. It can happen even in “safe-looking” evangelical groups.
As a coach and with my deep wealth of experiential knowledge, I help those recovering from destructive groups and cults.* I also help their families through compassionate support and education.
I also provide consulting for organizations adversely affected by spiritual abuse.
When it comes to severe cases of trauma or medical issues, I am happy to provide resources. I am neither a medical healthcare provider nor a government-licensed trauma expert. I network with medical/licensed professionals, and I am happy to try to help connect you with them (please read my disclaimer on top of this page).
I especially love giving others, including guest authors, a platform for their voices. Let me know if you have a story to share.
*I am an expert at two unsafe movements in particular: “New Apostolic” groups including Bethel in Redding, California and Calvary Chapel.