“I was burned out from ministry. I felt lost.” – January 2014
December 2016 Anonymous client:
Before I came to Anesis I was emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically under extreme duress and distraught. I was paralyzed.
What became abundantly clear me was that I was in a trauma bonding relationship. I began to understand how the trauma from my past was now repeating itself in my adult relationships. I realized the trauma would keep repeating until I found healing. The Holy Spirit revealed to me on a deep level how much the emotion of shame was controlling my behaviors, especially shame I felt pertaining to other’s emotional response to me.
I plan on reclaiming my intimacy with Christ and my husband and my children and live in the truth that other’s emotional response to me doesn’t influence my identity. It is freeing to know that God showed me the deep truth of the why’s of my repeating of behaviors. I’m forever changed. As Trudy says, “you can’t put it back into the box.”
August 2016 Anonymous client:
Before I came to my A’nesis sabbatical I was feeling out of control emotionally and I was spiritually and physically depleted. I was a hopeless and very broken. While there I became aware of strongholds around my heart that were keeping from God’s best for my life. At A’nesis I truly experienced leaving the past behind! I am ready to move forward for what God has for me! -August 2016
June 2016 Anonymous Pre-Marital Counseling client:
“A’nesis was such a great experience and I can’t tell people enough that’s it’s really an experience anyone should have, getting married or not.” – anonymous pre-marital intensive client – June 2016
February 2016 Anonymous client:
I just got home from my A’nesis time. I feel that I have slept better and have a better sense of who I am in Christ. My past was important but not as important as what Christ has done and continues to do in me!! I am so blessed to have found you and just want to encourage you that you are doing such an incredibly important work for women who need help and freedom. May God continue to bless you.
January 2016 Anonymous client:
Trudy, I will never forget my week at A’nesis. Thank you for your kind and loving support during my sabbatical. I learned so much and my heart was entirely transformed! I am full of gratitude for your program!
September 2015 Anonymous couple attending the Marriage Retreat:
I’m a guy and my wife brought me to the marriage retreat kicking and screaming. I had to give up my weekend for it! I am so glad she insisted! I would never have believed this short time invested in this retreat could have transformed not only our marriage but also my own personal revelations for improvement and change. Thank you!
August 2015 Anonymous client:
Since arriving home from my trip to Tennessee everyone is amazed at the changes they see in me…Now that I am equipped with a picture of my negative patterns and beliefs I have the power to circumvent them if and when I am triggered. I know this will take time to reinforce, but at least I know now what I am dealing with. The truth will set me free! This has been a life-transforming experience for me.
May 2015 Anonymous client:
A’nesis Counseling helped me see “the black hole” that I have been trying to fill my whole life with worldly things that could never deliver. With Trudy’s Holy Spirit leading I was able to see what God wanted me to put in that black hole. I’ve reached a level of acceptance from God I never thought possible. God is filling that “black hole” with His love and Grace…daily! Wow…this was truly a transforming experience for me.
Before I came to A’nesis:
I had crippling fear.
I lost my intimacy with the Lord.
I was paralyzed and dry.
I lost my identity in Christ.
I had a crushed/defeated spirit.
What became abundantly clear while at A’nesis was:
Who I am in Christ and how I’m viewed in heaven.
Who God says I am.
That I’m adored.
That I am worthy and capable of God’s love and acceptance.
That I’m not a disappointment but loved and delighted in by Him.
That because of my woundedness I can’t always give an answer right away. I need time to give my heart answer, not my head answer.
The changes I’m planning to make from this point forward are:
I can recognize triggers and remind myself of Truth.
I can identify the lies and replace with the Truth
I can replay the Words of Affirmation God gave me in my head and heart.
I can remind myself of who I am in Jesus and not question.
I can be more present, aware of my strengths/weaknesses, the Truth of God.
I can stop the destructive patterns of checking out emotionally. (dissociation).
Wanted you to know…my husband and I are connecting every single day now! I actually look forward to seeing him walk through the door when he comes home. It’s like I am seeing with brand new eyes…my home, my husband, my children, the church! WOW! Thank you for your patience with me! I know I must have been frustrating at times! Thank you (and Jesus) for giving me my life back! -November 2014
Just wanted you to know…I am flying my plane again…after so many years of being afraid to fly! I have my wings back! Thank you so much! – October 2014
I am at the airport going home. For the first time in my life I am speechless! Joy is flowing out of me. I am so excited about my new life in Christ. Thank you for the experience, thank you for the tools! -October 2014
Before I came to A’nesis I felt dead…literally! What became abundantly clear to me while there was how much I was living with one foot in my childhood and with one foot in the future. Now I am able to be present with peace into today! Thank you! Thank you! -September 2014
I am three months past my A’nesis experience and I just wanted to let you know I am still doing well! The triggering is so much less and I am able to stay focused and renewing my mind so much better. Words cannot express the thanks I feel for this life changing transformation! -August 2014
I wanted to say “thank you” for this week. I never imagined it surpassing the first time I was at Anesis. There is even mor now I understand. I am going to give myself time to absorb and rest. Anesis is truly a gift from God for freedom for the Body of Christ! -May 2014
Just letting you know how much more powerful and connected my prayer time is since my A’nesis sabbatical last fall. Thank you. Thank you! – April 2014
I am so grateful for the profound healing I experienced in my counseling sabbatical. I admire your willingness to be trained in this type of Spirit/Body therapy. You have a loving, relaxed and positive demeanor that made me completely trust you from our first conversation. Thank you for walking through my grief with me. I will never forget your kindness toward me which feels like God fleshing out His love for me through you. – March 2014
I am praising God for the gift of His leading me to A’nesis. I am truly changed forever and walk now with peace and freedom. Thank you for touching my life in ways no other has. I can’t wiat to see what the journey from this moment on looks like! – March 2014
Thank everyone for being available to stand in the gap for us. Give them the praise report of God’s love for us and victory that has come to our house/life. I wish you were here for me to hug and kiss you a million times. How can I ever thank you for working with us with such power. GIANT SLAYER lol. God did his miracle work through you for us. Whenever you feel dismay know your work is not in vain. We needed to go to the mountain top to hear and experience God’s love for us. The tears of victory are still flowing! – Anonymous past client who returned for marriage restoration – February 2014
I left my A’nesis Counseling Sabbaticals with answers ,truth, freedom and hope for my future. Finally! Things just make sense to me now! No more drug re-hab for me! Anonymous, February 2014
2013 and before:
I searched forever for the right place. Finally! A’nesis and Sanctuary are such a unique combination of professional help and safety in surroundings. I am so grateful your Web site finally “popped up” in my searching. Thank you!
Anonymous, November 2013
I am forever changed. My husband cried when I was finally able to explain how the past trauma in my life was affecting me. I am loved and healed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Anonymous October 2013
With gratitude…thank you so much for ministering to me. I will always treasure my time spent with you at A’nesis. It was life-changing! You are a blessing!
Anonymous July 2013
After being in a verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive marriage for 3 years, I was searching for something to help me get my mind back….something that would help me gather all the broken pieces of myself, sort it all out, and feel whole again. I didn’t know what I needed but I knew I needed something. The burden was overwhelming and the lies I had come to believe about myself were debilitating. God led me to Anesis where I finally began this “truth process”……God has used Trudy in an incredible way to help me understand how HE views me and what a healthy marriage should look like. God has gifted Trudy with an amazing ability to understand the abuse and the negative affects of it as well as the ability to empathize with the situation and gently proclaim truth to the victim. When I arrived at Anesis I was exhausted from the battle, had no confidence in myself, and had little reason to hope for a better life. When I left I felt mentally and physically lighter and felt like my life had just begun again. God has given me hope and a new identity. My time at Anesis was more than I could have ever hoped it would be and I am so grateful for Trudy and her instruction, support, encouragement, and prayers.
Anonymous April, 2013
We wanted to thank you! Oh where do we begin? We appreciate all you did for us individually and for our marriage. We are set free, excited for all God has for us and we have seen his amazing healing in our hearts! Truly, beauty from ashes! Many thanks!
D. and R. (Pastor and his wife)
I am back to my ministry work! Those things that used to frustrate me are there but they don’t bother me like they did. Nothing’s changed but ME! Thank you!
M.A. from Indiana
I am recommending you to a special friend of mine. Since my A’nesis experience I have been truly healed from past wounds. You often come to mind. I pray for your ministry.
L.L. (Anonymous pastors’ wife)
I wanted to send you this butterfly to remind everyone who sees it of the Trauma Resolution Therapy that A’nesis counseling sabbaticals offers. “God created us to be butterflies… beautiful and free and a joy to those around us. But many of us get stuck as caterpillars, inching along, only able to see the ground or branch in front of us. We struggle and plod through life missing the joy God has for us. This A’nesis Retreat through Trudy’s (and God’s) innovative technique helped me move into the next phase. God wrapped me in a cocoon of His love and healing . I emerged free of the hurts from the past, peaceful in the present, and able to cope with future hurts, radiating His love and joy as the butterfly I was meant to be.”
L.V. from Ohio
Anesis retreats offer an invaluable resource for anyone but especially those who serve the body of Christ in vocational ministry. We are open to all kinds of attack but none more severe than emotional exhaustion and turmoil. My time at the Anesis retreat was such a validating, healing and freeing experience. God used Trudy and A’nesis to help me understand and heal from past trauma but most importantly, gave me tools to manage turmoil in the present. Anesis gave me time to rest, time to absorb and time to reconnect with a God I felt had forgotten me. I highly recommend Trudy Johnson and A’nesis retreats at Sanctuary for anyone who wishes to have relief from the bondage of the past and strength to live in Christ’s peace every day for the present.
Anonymous Pastors’ Wife
Trudy, THANK YOU! How do I say thank you for my “new life.” It was hard work but now I see so more clearly. This was definitely worth the time and money for my new perspective on life.Thank you again…and thank you to Kevin and Julie also.
Anonymous Client from Oregon
July 20, 2012 8:46AM
I had no clue my past sexual abuse was still causing me so many problems after all these years. I thought I’d “dealt” with it all! Trudy’s techniques (with the help of the Holy Spirit) uncovered so much more. I can honestly say now…no triggering! WOW! I am free! And Sanctuary was the absolute BEST place to heal in also.
Anonymous Client (pastors’wife)
July 5, 2012 7:58 PM
Being here at Sanctuary has been a wonderful experience. This place is a constant reminder of the presence of God. It is a peaceful relaxing place to draw nearer to God and appreciate all He is. Kevin and Julie are welcoming, warm, and friendly. It is a comfortable safe place to seek healing. Trudy is the absolute best to work with; caring and compassionate. It is truly an amazing place to experience God’s love and healing touch.
Jun 12, 2012 8:43 PM
The Sanctuary is such a wonderful place to be I thought I would never want to leave. It is quiet, private, beautiful and also has Kevin and Julie, who loved me, and who also take care of the “sanctuary” God has provided. My sessions with Trudy produced great insights and direction for me to search for answers, to rest and to heal and I was surprised to find that I was ready to go back and face the reality back home. Trudy and the Sanctuary are so vital to those in ministry.
Nov 27, 2011 5:57 PM
Trudy, when i clicked on the link to your new adventure and saw the first page….my eyes welled up with tears. I read each page and even the tests you offer to women in ministry or pastor’s wives to examine where they may be struggling. I was humbled as I saw how God took my struggling self along your path and was part of His plan to burn within you a passion to reach out to other women in ministry.
Anonymous Former Client
Jan 5, 2012 6:56 PM
“Thank you so much for providing this life-saving, invaluable work for spouses of ministers and others. I wish I had known about it when I needed help 3-5 years ago. “
Sep 19, 2011 6:52 PM
Thank you for reaching out to pastors’ wives. I’ve been in the thick of ministry for 25 years. My husband has now reached a point of burn-out. I wish there had been something like this available to us when we were needing help.
Sep 9, 2011 6:57 AM
From the depths of my heart I want to thank those who provided the scholarship to attend an individual A’nesis counseling sabbatical. I came to Trudy feeling broken, discouraged and overwhelmed by the lies of the enemy. God used Trudy to help me face my wounds and point me to find hope and healing in a new way in Jesus. This retreat has made an impact in my life that will affect others as I reach out to international students when I work with them. What a gift from God this counseling was! I am forever changed.
Sep 9, 2011 6:36 AM
My life has been great since I got back from Colorado. My wife and I have a whole new relationship. My life is great..i haven’t had the urge to gamble since I came home. I’m so happy….i honestly feel like the old me was this total dark ogre that wandered around…now I’m a new me!”
Anonymous Pastor Dealing with a Gambling Addiction
Sep 8, 2011 6:58 AM
Thank you for all you do for women. Those of us in ministry need it and we often do not have safe places to go with all that is on our hearts.
Aug 9, 2011 4:22 PM
“Just a note to let you know I so appreciate our time together. I learned a lot and am processing… God is so good and I thank you for your ministry which has breathed life into me. God’s love and grace be upon you dear woman!” –
Anonymous A’nesis Retreat Client
Jun 13, 2011 6:47 AM
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