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Christians with chronic complex trauma and relationally focused spiritual difficulties: A conversational model perspective
journal contributionposted on 2021-11-15, 01:29 authored by Marie-Therese Proctor, Michelle ClearyMichelle Cleary, Rachel Kornhaber, Loyola McLean
This single-case study explored associations between relational trauma experienced during childhood and relationally focused spiritual difficulties encountered during adulthood. Fifteen initial therapy transcripts of a 57-year-old female Christian with complex trauma were analyzed. Relational experiences included: (a) “eating their young” (early developmental context); (b) “broken-winged chick” (sense of self); (c) “wounded sparrow” (self in relation to God); (d) “faltering in flight” (relationship with God); and (e) “at the fringe of the flock” (relationship with Christian community). Childhood relational trauma was far reaching in its long-term psycho-spiritual effects, adversely impacting sense of personhood, relational capacity, reflective functioning, and broader coping.
Number of Pages34
PublisherTaylor & Francis
External Author AffiliationsExcelsia College, Sydney ; The University of Sydney; University of Tasmania