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Contemplation

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    www.kenpeters.org/moveforward

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    Toronto, Canada
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    psychotherapy, depth psychology, self-development, post-fundamentalist spirituality, star trek, a nice cup of tea
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    I am a licensed psychodynamic psychotherapist who is here to learn and meet people. I also have my own history of shedding an ultra-religious upbringing.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    No. Depends how you define God maybe.

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  1. Hello folks, I wanted to say hello. I'm a licensed psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada who has a special interest in working with ex-members of conservative or fundamentalist religious groups. I have a practice in Toronto, and I also do online or phone sessions with people who live in rural areas, or people in other cities who would like to work with me. I wont say too much about that here, but feel free to send me a message if you have any interest or questions about that. I got into this work because of my own experience growing up in a very dogmatic religious community. At the same time, I went to a "secular" school and ended up befriending a lot of non-religious kids. What resulted was a very split life, between my ultra conservative culture and my liberal education and social groups. I was utterly split and confused. I ended up with pretty severe depression, as well as a whole lot of other issues around identity and personal meaning to work through. It took a long time to really get to know who I really am, what I find meaningful, and how I want to live my life. In my experience, it's a process that takes a lot of time and care and support, and it really can't be rushed. I'm looking forward to reading your stories and getting to know some of you.
  2. Denial is a classic psychological defense, and normally it is unconscious. I remember reading a study about a hypnotist. He would put a table in the middle of the room, then he would put the patient into a deep trance and hypnotize him into believing that there was no table in the room. He would tell the patient "come directly from your chair to my chair." The patient would get up and circle around the table-- not a direct line. The hypnotist would then say, "why didn't you walk directly to me in a straight line?" The patients who he hypnotized said a variety of things. "Oh I just wanted to look out the window." or "I wanted to take a look at the painting on the wall." I think denial in highly religious people is similar. A part of them knows that something is true, but they are in too much of a trance to be able to know it. Then, when they are called out on it, they rationalize it... and don't even realize it.
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