Church Hurt Process Group

What is Church Hurt?

Church Hurt is an ongoing emotional processing group led by Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors Taylor Houchens, MS and Jackie Perry, PhD.

Taylor and Jackie created Church Hurt out of their heavy hearts of seeing so many individuals wounded by the church and receiving little or no acknowledgement of what happened by the church at large.

If this is your experience, we invite you to check out this group to see if it is the right fit for you.

Maybe you are carrying shame from being told you were bad, or a sinner. Maybe you still hold fear or anxiety from being told you were going to hell. Perhaps you haven’t let go of your “Catholic guilt” or you were judged harshly or rejected, being made to feel like you weren’t good enough. Perhaps you felt abandoned by God or by church members that didn’t help you in a time of need. Maybe you still harbor bitterness, resentment, or anger in your heart towards the church. Or maybe your trust was betrayed or your church leaders abused their power with you.

Whatever wounds you may still carry, this is a safe space to begin working through them amongst a group of individuals who want to do the same. Taylor and Jackie aim to provide a safe, unbiased, neutral space for all individuals of any spiritual faith (or lack thereof) to express themselves fully and to be honored, seen, and heard.

If there is anything that you want or need to know about this group or the leaders that will enhance your safety, please reach out to us.

Groups will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm beginning June 5th at 191 East Chestnut Street in Downtown Asheville. The group will consist of 6-7 participants and 2 therapists. Group meetings are 75-90 minutes in length. The cost is $240 a month with payments made at the beginning of each month. Insurance is not accepted, but if your out of network benefits offer reimbursement for this service we will send you a monthly superbill that you can send to your insurance provider.

Taylor Houchens

Taylor Houchens has worked in the counseling field for 10 years seeing primarily men, boys, and families. He specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD. Taylor is passionate about healthy male development. He enjoys helping boys and teenagers successfully transition into manhood through rites of passage weekends and is the Co-Founder of the Kingdom Men Brotherhood, an Asheville-based non-profit organization dedicated to healing and empowering men to reach their potential to become powerful forces in today’s world. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and camping outdoors, Latin dancing, drumming, and DJing house and techno music.

Dr. Jackie E. Perry

Dr. Jackie E. Perry is a seasoned Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor, a Counseling Professor and the Founder/President of The SoulWell Center – an Asheville based non-profit organization focused on equipping people and organizations to become better listeners and to engage stories more effectively. Jackie’s clinical focus and ongoing interest remains in working with emergent adults as they explore their past to make sense of the present. She believes that identity formation requires intentionality, courage, deep reflection and a willingness to name who you’ve been and who you desire to become. In 2019 she wrote a book for parents and caring adults to understand and address the eight heart core desires that drive and direct so much of the becoming process. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina and is married to her college sweetheart John. Together they have three adult children and one granddaughter. They both love the outdoors and consider kayaking or hiking with a view of the North Carolina Mountains to be a perfect day.

Serving the Following Asheville, NC Communities:

  • Jupiter
  • Barnardsville
  • Weaverville
  • Leicester
  • Woodfin
  • Black Mountain
  • Ridgecrest
  • Montreat
  • Fairview
  • Biltmore Forest
  • Arden
  • Fletcher
  • Hlls River
  • Hendersonville
  • Mills River
  • Enka Village
  • Candler
  • Beaverdam
  • Canton
  • Etowah

Taylor Houchens, M.S., LPC

191 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC  28804