Recovering from Cults and Religious Trauma Through Writing  with Tia Levings

Recovering from Cults and Religious Trauma Through Writing with Tia Levings

Tia Levings joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to discuss her experience as a debut author,  writing to heal without retraumatizing yourself, the gaslighting that happens in religion, and getting things off your chest and onto the page to educate others with your writing. 





Recovering from Cults and Religious Trauma Through Writing with Tia Levings

Tia Levings joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to discuss her experience as a debut author,  writing to heal without retraumatizing yourself, the gaslighting that happens in religion, and getting things off your chest and onto the page to educate others with your writing. 

As you listen to this episode, consider the following questions:  What would you need to do to claim your story? What would tell you it has legs? What would you need to do to see it from a wider lens? If it is a really tough story, how would you care for yourself as you work on it?

Tia is an author and guest expert who exposes the abuses in Christian Fundamentalism. She’s been quoted in Salon, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times and appeared in the hit Amazon docu-series, Shiny Happy People. Her memoir, A Well-Trained Wife, will be published August, 6, 2024 by St. Martin’s Press. Online, Tia connects our current news headlines with high-control religious roots. Find her work @TiaLevingsWriter on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, and through her Substack, The Anti-Fundamentalist.

Episode Highlights: 

  • 10:00 Signals Your Project Has Legs
  • 15:00: How Writing Heals 
  • 17:00 Gaslighting and Religion
  • 20:00 Finding the Wider Lens
  • 25:00 Understanding Your Boundaries 
  • 28:00 Writing Without Retraumatizing Yourself 
  • 35:00 Claiming Your Story
  • 39:00 Caring for the Soft Animal of Your Body

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About Your Host


Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, and trauma-informed writing coach with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art, and currently teaches courses in memoir, the psychology of writing, and the book proposal. Her essays have appeared in Huffington PostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. 


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