This workshop will integrate an overview of post-abortion healing counseling, identifying the negative after-effects of abortion such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, anxiety, addictions, shame, low self-esteem, and/or complicated grief. The four stages of healing using trauma informed research demonstrate the effectiveness of compassion, anger resolution, and forgiveness of self and others. The contrast in post-abortion reactions for men and women are identified. A critique of attachment difficulties with living children will be summarized. Treatment options formulate movement to integration of restored self-image and reconciliation in relationships.
Sister Patricia Barnette LPC
Sr. Patricia Marie Barnette is a Sister of the Good Shepherd, living in Danville, PA at the present time. Her main ministry is counseling, having an active professional counselor license in two states, Florida and Pennsylvania. Since the late 1980’s, she has been involved in counseling women who are seeking healing after an abortion. When Project Rachel began in the mid 1980’s, she felt a call to get involved in this work of mercy. That led her to get a Master degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. In addition, Sister Patricia also counsels adults, couples, and single mothers. The sisters helped to start a post-abortion healing ministry in the Midwest in 1990, which Sr. has been a part of since 1995. She has volunteered as a counselor for Project Rachel in the dioceses of Baltimore, Palm Beach, Orlando, St. Augustine and Harrisburg. A year ago, Sr. Patricia had a book published by Pauline Books and Media titled “God’s Mercy Awaits You – Find Healing After Abortion.” Sr. Patricia has also given training sessions to priests and counselors on the aspect of trauma as it relates to post-abortion healing, as well as talks at a number of National Right to Life Conventions.
This program does not qualify for NBCC credits
My speciality is post-abortion healing, of which I have counseled women for over 30 years. I also see adults and couples in private practice for various difficulties such as esteem issues, grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions (See list in Practice Areas above). I wrote a book on post-abortion healing published by Pauline Books and Media in 2020: God's Mercy Awaits You - Find Healing After Abortion. I am currently licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida and counsel in person and have a secure online platform for virtual sessions. I also give trainings on the aspect of healing the trauma after abortion. I incorporate Catholic teaching and spirituality into the sessions.