Overcoming Church Hurt and Trauma with Pamela MerrittTriggered AF Podcast

Overcoming Church Hurt and Trauma with Pamela Merritt

S6 EP8: Church and Trauma | Pamela  Merritt

Skirts below the knee. No jewelry, accessories, or makeup. Stockings in bed and no relaxing your hair. Does this sound familiar?

For those raised in the church like Alechi, Dani, and their guest - religious trauma healer Pamela Merritt, this conversation is for you. Tune in as Pamela discusses church hurt versus trauma, how the Black community embodies religion, and the often confusing emotions around sex and religion. And be sure to lean in for her advice for reimagining your faith and reconnecting to the divine outside the church.


  • Why is church membership dramatically dropping?
  • Is the rise in community violence correlated with the lack of connection to spirituality?
  • Do we need the church to teach us accountability and structure?
  • The positive benefits of the church
  • What trauma looks like and how it’s perpetuated from the pulpit
  • How to nourish your relationship with the divine outside of the church


“For black church kids, we embody the music. We embody the feel of church. We embody the culture. We embody the community that Black church gives us. So when people come to me for religious trauma, consultations, and they are transitioning, what I'm helping them with is understanding that their religious space does not determine the structure that they have to their life.” - Pamela Merritt

“Once you understand who you are and what your needs are and what your beliefs are, you can reimagine your connection with the divine in a different way.” - Pamela Merritt


Pamela Merritt




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This show is such a great listen for young and mature women to let you know you 1) no you’re not crazy 2) you’re no alone 3) your feelings matter. Thank you Alechia & Dani for your real and raw conversations. This should be a TV show!

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Just wow! I’ve listened to every episode and each one has helped me in some way. I’m really clear on what it is I want and what it is I need now.

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Even from a man’s viewpoint, this show was indeed very insightful and thought provoking.

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I appreciate the rawness and transparency. Your authenticity is much needed and appreciated. It’s good to acknowledge our triggers and talk them through. Absolutely love it!!!

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