Prayed Upon: Breaking Free from Therapist Abuse
Prayed Upon is the story of one woman’s escape from the abuse of a respected, church-going psychiatrist. Amy reaches out to Dr. Dolion for help with depression, but instead of providing healing, he leads her down a path of deception and betrayal. His office, which initially feels like a sanctuary, becomes a psychological prison, one from which Amy will have to fight to free herself.
Prayed Upon, a true story depicts Amy’s journey from victim to thriving child of God. Her brutal honesty provides an inside look at the warped beliefs that early abuse instills; beliefs that make adult victims vulnerable to sexual predators. Her story shines a light on the under-reported sexual abuse of adults and ultimately the way victims can gain freedom from the bondage of shame that abuse leaves behind.
What Readers are Saying about Prayed Upon:
“Amy Nordhues has written a triumph of a book. She takes her reader behind closed doors and makes the experience of being groomed by a predator, painfully real. An important book, beautifully written and profoundly compelling.”
~Analie Shepherd, author of Mending the Shattered Mirror
“An incredible and necessary book. It is deeply ambivalent to read of something so egregious as therapist abuse yet simultaneously feel exhilarated. Amy, with great articulation and skill, recounts the mad, manipulative, and frankly shocking territory she was drawn into by her ‘Man of God’ psychologist. I can’t help but think of Freud and what he’d have to say about his method being employed to exactly execute everything he stood against, namely God being a product of the infantile need for a powerful father figure.
This is an exploration of faith, and part of the book’s power is the breadth of its spectrum: from almost occult, predatory evil towards light, strength, righteousness and meaning.
Amy writes beautifully and informatively. I recommend this book especially for survivors of harmful therapy but also to everyone who has experienced, ‘People were no longer people I trusted.'”
~BC, Admin of Clients Harmed by Therapy Facebook group
“Prayed Upon was a gut-wrenching read from start to finish. It felt like I was holding my breath as her story unfolded. The lies hidden beneath the surface were exposed first. Then, the deeper truths she began to believe and, more importantly, live by as she healed, were also unveiled one at a time. I exhaled deeply as I read the last page.”
~Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist’s Daughter: A Memoir