Journey Free is dedicated to helping people transition out of harmful religions, recover from trauma, and rebuild their lives. We’ve developed programs for both individuals and groups. If you are recovering from religious harm, we have great respect for your strength and courage. Please know that you are not alone and things can get better.

Our founder and director is Marlene Winell, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion. She has been working in religious recovery for over 30 years and originated the term, Religious Trauma Syndrome.

 

 


Introducing the “Lil’ Me Bear”. 

This cuddly little teddy bear can represent your inner child and give you something to tangibly touch and care for as you learn the art of self-love and self-care. The bear comes as a DIY package for you to stuff yourself and insert a little heart and adoption certificate. We also include a page of suggestions, “Tips for caring for your Lil’ Me Bear” with ideas like “Tell them I love you” and “Hug them every day.”

$24.95 covers the bear and shipping. Go HERE to order right away!

 

 

Our Services

We have multiple avenues for helping you rebuild.
Individual Coaching

Individual Coaching

Trauma Informed, 1-on-1 Religious Recovery Coaching

Join The Support Group

Join The Support Group

Our online group, Release & Reclaim, is a private social network where you can connect with others through a video call 3x per month.

Helping Professionals

Helping Professionals

We have a monthly meeting for therapists hoping to grow their knowledge of religious trauma so they can best serve their clients.

Read The Self-Help Book

Read The Self-Help Book

Ready to leave the fold? Explore the book that has helped thousands transition from their religion.

Get The Workbook

Get The Workbook

The companion to the book "Leaving the Fold", the workbook is filled with exercises to support your recovery.

Testimonials

There is hope.
Denise

Denise

"It is amazing how limiting "thought" is within conservative religions. Once we're out... The world was once black and white, but now it's in Technicolor! So many options to choose from. And I don't know about you, but I want to make up for lost time."

Justine

Justine

"To discover myself, who I am under the layers of indoctrination, is an ongoing process. Sometimes it's a hard and confusing task; other times I thrill at the freedom with which I am able to commune with my heart in ways disallowed while held in the thrall of fundamentalist dogma."

Darren

Darren

"I feel free to explore the world, knowing that I’m no different than anyone else. I also feel free to pursue friendships that I would never have dreamed of. I feel I’ve got a long road ahead of me, but it’s my road. I’ll make mistakes, but I’ll also have triumphs too. All that said, I only wish I had left religion sooner!"

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Blog

The Political Scene

As I work with clients this week, I realize how the events in politics are affecting reclaimers.  (“Reclaimers”- people who are recovering from religion and reclaiming their lives). Folks are hugely discouraged by the pervasive influence Read more…