Group Therapy

Original Goodness

Break the chains of religious harm and trauma.

Heal from religious trauma with a community of fellow survivors

After experiencing pain from a religious experience, you might be asking yourself:

What do I believe now?
Where is my community?
What about my family?
How do I trust them?

You might have a nagging feeling of anxiety, fear, or shame. Or maybe you feel compelled to rebel, compensate, or over-correct past identities.

Find our community of fellow survivors to connect with and learn from. Identify how religious trauma affects your life. Tell your story. Explore your needs, “where do you go from here?” Learn how to cope in the aftermath of deconstruction. Find ways to fulfill the need your faith used to meet. Learn to trust yourself again. Reframe and repurpose spiritual concepts.

Facilitated by Brian Ker, LMSW, our group meets every Sunday from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at our offices in Brentwood, TN.

This group will explore:

  • How religious harm/trauma affects your life
  • Internalized shame and projected shame
  • How to reframe spiritual concepts
  • The processes of deconstruction
  • Ways to fulfill the needs your faith used to meet
  • How to trust yourself again
  • How to trust others again

More Details

Every Sunday evening from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

At Bright Horse Counseling located at 5409 Maryland Way, Suite 130 Brentwood, TN 37027

$60 per 90-minute session. Please reach out to us if this rate impacts your ability to attend. A portion of the cost may be reimbursable by insurance.

The Group Process

This group is an open group, which means that new members can join at any time unless the group itself decides to close to new members.

Each group will create its own norms and practices regarding attendance, absences, and policies. By actively participating in the development and maintenance of group norms and rules, members contribute to a sense of ownership and empowerment within the therapy group.

This collaborative process fosters trust and cohesion, which are vital for the success of group therapy. The full group will meet in person with each session lasting roughly 1.5 hours. 

A typical group session includes a combination of:

Discussion at the beginning of the group to hear insights from the previous session and get a sense of others’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the content being discussed

Explanation of relevant science, research, or literature to provide a better understanding of the topic for that session

An individual activity to help participants explore their own beliefs, values, and desires

Meet Your Facilitator

Brian Ker, LMSW


Brian is a Master Social Worker who loves working with those who struggle to recognize their inner goodness. Brian firmly believes that all beings deserve to be free from suffering and that everyone has the inner qualities needed to find that freedom. His passion lies in helping clients remember that they are already whole, good, and worthy of happiness.

Using a lighthearted and playful approach grounded in evidence-based practices, Brian helps clients heal trauma, develop coping skills, identify areas of growth, and find new joyful ways to live.


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