"SO many tears and breakthroughs! I have been carrying around wounds and toxic thought patterns for decades. Steve helped me to name these behaviors so that I could face it head-on, feel it, and work to heal it."
- Anne B. (life coaching client)
Who is this for?
Are you a Jesus follower or church leader who has done all the “right things,” but you still feel overwhelmed, anxious, or just plain stuck?
Are you desperate to shift away from a God of fear to a God of love...but you’re just not sure where to begin?
Does your mental illness keep you locked in a prison of shame, afraid for others to know the real you?
I’m Steve Austin and I was a pastor when I nearly died by suicide. I understand what it’s like to hide in the pews (and behind the pulpit), for fear that people might find out the truth about your struggles, dysfunction, disability, and doubts.
That’s exactly why I spend my time...
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coaching (details here)
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“As I started to delve into some of the resources from Steve Austin, I realized I push down a lot of my real emotions and present an ‘I've got it together’ mask. I also didn't have appropriate boundaries to keep me emotionally healthy. Steve's courses and coaching helped me face these aspects, have some real conversations with people I needed to, and feel stronger and more confident about taking care of myself.”
-Rhonda (life coaching client, newsletter subscriber, and group coaching participant)
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-Brandon (pastor and life coaching client)
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"Steve is an advocate for our big-tent God—a God who is willing to embrace you at the height of mania or the depth of depression, a God who will quiet the fears of anxiety and instability, a God who will shift the weeping of depression to the joy of a new morning. Steve Austin has come to know that God and shows us that this God is worth getting to know. "
-Rev. Robert W. Lee
Who is Steve Austin?
Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. Years of performance-based Christianity taught Austin to sweep the pain of childhood sexual abuse, plus the shame of PTSD, anxiety, and depression under the rug. When it came to his suffering, he believed it was best not to let anyone know about his secrets - especially church folks. As a result, fear, shame, and guilt were Austin’s constant companions. Thankfully, a suicide attempt was not the end of his story.
When Austin realized his life wasn’t over, he set about figuring out how to embrace vulnerability by asking for professional help and sharing the uncomfortable truth about his story. In short: he gave himself permission to be human for the very first time.
Since going public, Austin has learned that countless others are desperate to live an authentic life, too. These days, he helps hurting people find an integrated approach to wholeness, including mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
Since 2012, Austin has written several books, including Catching Your Breath, Hiding in the Pews, and Slow Miracles. His work has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Mighty, and other outlets. He has become a leading voice at the intersection of faith and mental health.
Today, Austin consults church leaders from around the U.S. on how to make their faith communities a safe place for those who are suffering. He also hosts the Catching Your Breath podcast, blogs regularly at catchingyourbreath.com, and is a sought-after speaker at international conferences.