Religious Trauma Recovery Coaching

At Journey Free we offer online coaching sessions to help you navigate your changes and growth experiences through your deconstruction. 

Leaving one’s religion is a huge life transition, requiring a lot of adjustment and adaptation. People often have intense feelings of confusion, grief, anxiety, and anger along with feelings of relief and liberation. Full recovery from Religious Trauma Syndrome can be difficult if the issues are not clear and you feel alone in the struggle.

Recovering from a religious background is facilitated in large part by understanding what you have been through, and gaining new information about religious trauma.

Our Religious Trauma Recovery Coaching is a combination of coaching and psycho-education, led by trained counselors certified in psychotherapy and/or life coaching.

Schedule an initial appointment below.

We can help you if:

• You would like to understand + deconstruct your experiences with religion and take steps to recovery.
• You have left a restrictive religion and are having trouble with family relationships.
• You have a friend or family member who you believe has been harmed by religion and you need guidance.
• You are a helping professional with clients who are recovering from religious trauma and you need consultation.

How to get started:

New clients are invited to book a complimentary appointment with one of our Religious Trauma Recovery Coaches, Janice Selbie. This appointment is a 20-minute collaborative evaluation for fit with Dr. Winell or one of our other counselors, as well as a discussion of any concerns or questions you may have. 

This can be followed by scheduling a full session.


Book your FREE evaluation session here:





Once you’ve been onboarded, one-hour sessions are facilitated by Dr. Marlene Winell or one of our trained Religious Trauma Recovery Coaches. 

As a recovering fundamentalist herself, Dr. Winell has a personal understanding of religious commitment and deconversion. She has over thirty years of experience working with people coming out of many dogmatic religious traditions, including evangelical and Pentecostal Christian, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Science, Seventh-Day Adventist, Scientology, Eastern groups, and other organizations of an authoritarian nature. 

She is a licensed psychologist, holds a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies, and is the author of Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion.


“Marlene was instrumental in my healing from past trauma. When I was struggling, she was easy to reach, and available. She taught me numerous skills, used art therapy at times and was very resourceful in offering different interventions (i.e. books, group therapy, conference calls and retreats). She is knowledgeable, empathetic and I appreciated her sense of humor to help reframe. I also brought my husband a few times and this was enormously valuable in helping him understand and support my needs.”   – Janelle, former evangelical Christian