Changing Course with My Content: From Sex Addiction to Religious Trauma/Sexual Shame

Hello Dear Readers,

I am changing the topics of my social media and blogging from sexual addiction recovery to recovering from religious trauma and sexual shame. You will hear from me much less often (if ever) on the topic of sex addiction. I may share in the future about why I unpublished Life After Lust and why I can’t just revise it, but we’ll see.

If you are interested in the topics of healing from religious trauma and sexual shame, feel free to follow my blogInstagram, and Facebook pages (if it is not a fit, feel free to unfollow any of those platforms). But I want to give you a heads up that the content I am sharing on these platforms is significantly different from what you’re used to seeing from me. I have healed and changed significantly over the past 3 years and my perspectives have grown and evolved in the process. 

Those I am hoping to serve more as I focus on religious trauma and sexual shame are those who have deconstructed and/or deconverted from religion (mainly Christianity) and who are healing from the harmful effects that religion has had on their views of their sexuality, body, desires, orientation, gender, relationships, and self-worth. It is my hope to help people reconnect with and love the parts of them they once rejected in order to belong in religion, especially in the sexual realm. I have found IFS to be especially helpful in this type of trauma work (as well as addiction) and will continue offering that to my clients in California.    

As I’ve written before, “out of our pain comes our purpose.” I feel purposeful as I pursue this new path. And I am grateful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met, learned from, and worked with along the way. 

Wishing all of you continued hope, health, healing, and freedom.
In support,

Forest Benedict, LMFT

4 thoughts on “Changing Course with My Content: From Sex Addiction to Religious Trauma/Sexual Shame

  1. Delores J. Friesen September 21, 2022 — 2:44 pm

    I am so glad to hear of ongoing and continued healing in your life, Forest and think this shift is likely very significant. Perhaps you want to come to the Human Sexuality class in the spring and talk about this and your clinical work. Call me sometime or let me know a good time to call you. Delores Friesen 559-994-3394 (text is best) or use Stan’s phone at 559-341-3058. Delores Friesen

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    1. Delores, I appreciate your continued support. Let’s talk!

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  2. I’m sure whatever path you choose it will be the one that empowers you to help others to an even greater degree.
    Good luck continuing your journey moving upwards and onwards and thank you again for all your wisdom and guidance. Much respect ✊

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    1. Thank you for your supportive words Tony!

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