Hi, I’m Molly LaCroix, a psychotherapist, writer, and teacher. Welcome to a space for healing. I’m glad you’re here!

Have you experienced the pain of exile—feeling cast out or abandoned by your spiritual community? Maybe you chose to leave, but you are wounded and lonely. Or, you are still there but don’t feel safe being open with questions and doubts. 

Exile is not your destination, but it might be where you find yourself. My goal is to support your healing from harmful expressions of Christianity—to offer a warm embrace and a compassionate space for connection. 

I got my master’s in marriage and family therapy at a seminary that integrated secular theories with Christian spirituality, and my experience solidified that science and healthy spirituality are vital for healing. If you were wounded in your spiritual community, healing those wounds is essential in reconstructing a life-giving faith. I am currently in a Doctor of Ministry program studying leadership and spiritual formation, and the focus of my doctoral project is the spiritual, emotional, and relational wounds caused by adverse religious experiences. I look forward to sharing more about that over the coming months. 

The modality I use in my work with clients, Internal Family Systems (IFS), is a therapeutic approach that helps you understand and heal the different parts of your inner world. It offers insight into why Christians talk so much about love but often fail to be loving. Most importantly, IFS helps heal the impact of adverse religious experiences.

As the name implies, the perspective of the IFS model is that it is normal (not a sign of mental illness) to have different “parts” or subpersonalities. Maybe you’ve heard of an “inner critic” or an “inner child.” These are examples of types of parts— “protectors” (like a critic) who fear vulnerability and work diligently to avoid it, and “exiles” tender, often young parts, who carry burdens from painful experiences.

There is also a leader of the internal family—a loving and wise guide, often referred to as the “Self,” who possesses God-given healing resources. The Self is always present, caring, and wise. We are created in the image of a loving God, and no matter who you are or what you’ve experienced, nothing can damage the image of God in you. Nothing you believe, have done or will do can ever change the fact that you are Beloved.

Welcome to a space where all of who you are is accepted and loved—where your exiles will be embraced.

Molly LaCroix