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Anna Clark Miller

ANNA CLARK MILLER

she/they

Master's Degree in Counseling, 2015

National Certified Counselor: #718936

Licensed Profesional Counselor, Texas: #75728

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington: #LH61328702

Approved Clinical Supervisor, Texas & Washington


MY APPROACH TO THERAPY

My goal as a therapist is to be empathetic, transparent, non-judgmental, and anti-oppressive so I can support you without causing any hurt, shame, or exploitation of power. I love working with clients who, like me, are neurodivergent, queer, cross-cultural, or just looking for a place to feel safe and understood. I'm curious, logical, and honest and I certainly don't see myself as an expert on how to live life. I may offer you insights from my perspective or challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, but I highly value autonomy and your right to make choices for yourself. Other values that inform my work are inclusivity, compassion, and a belief in our capacity to grow. I’m open to feedback and willing to make adjustments based on what will be helpful for you.


WHY I WORK IN RELIGIOUS TRAUMA

I grew up overseas with parents who were Baptist missionaries. I then spent my early adulthood working and volunteering in churches. When I started my career as a therapist, religious trauma wasn't on my radar at all. As a counseling student, however, I became aware of my body's trauma responses and started connecting them with my past experiences in highly controlling religious communities. After a lot of work in therapy, I was finally able to put a name to the terror, shame, and suppression that I had experienced: Religious Trauma. I now approach the world with as much curiosity and non-judgment as I can, remembering that I perpetuated many of the same harmful messages that hurt me. Each year as I continue to heal, I uncover new parts of myself that had been hidden, deepening my self-compassion and expanding my empathy for others. My goal is to keep listening to others' experiences, learning, and adapting instead of assuming I have all the answers.


NEUTRALITY ON RELIGION

I take a religiously neutral approach to religious trauma recovery and prevention. As a therapist and trainer, it's not my job to villainize or defend religious groups or beliefs. I know the harm that can happen when someone imposes their personal views on others. Instead, I focus on identifying the unique circumstances that lead to religious trauma so we can pursue healing, address abusive dynamics, and prevent future harm. I now approach the world with as much curiosity and non-judgment as I can, remembering that I perpetuated many of the same harmful messages that hurt me. Each year as I continue to heal, I uncover new parts of myself that had been hidden, deepening my self-compassion and expanding my empathy for others. My goal is to keep listening to others' experiences, learning, and adapting instead of assuming I have all the answers.


WHEN I'M NOT AT WORK

I identify as a queer cisgender female, neurodivergent, and nonreligious. My partner and I are the proud parents of two cats. My hobbies include playing D&D, seeing live music (mostly folk and indie), binge-watching TV series, doing jigsaw puzzles, and playing video games.

 
MY BOOK: THE RELIGIOUS TRAUMA SURVIVAL GUIDE

My new book offers a tangible path to healing from high-control religious experiences. It lays an educational foundation on religious trauma and abuse, pulling from research on post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma recovery techniques, cult dynamics, purity culture, and more.

 
MY PODCAST: MARTYR, SHE WROTE

I'm in season two of my podcast which speaks to religious trauma survivors looking for education, empathy, and recovery. Each episode features an interview with a survivor or expert on topics including abusive religious leaders, religious OCD, BIPOC and queer experiences, clergy religious trauma, etc. *Available on Spotify, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc.

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