People We Love
Take heart. You aren’t alone.
You can always email us.
We aren’t therapists or psychologists, but we are happy to be friends.
Here are some of our favorite people doing good work to help hurting people.
Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center (Albany, OH) is a unique licensed and accredited mental health facility specializing in healing from cults, aberrant Christian groups, and abusive relationships.
Meadowhaven (Lakeville, MA) is an extended care facility for cult survivors, allowing them to gently adjust to life on the outside of high-demand organizations.
Steven Hassan, M.Ed. LMHC, NCC, Cult Expert, Licensed Counselor, and Author of Combatting Cult Mind Control andReleasing The Bonds. With over 30 years of frontline activism exposing destructive cults and providing counseling and training, Steve Hassan is often asked to appear in major media including 60 Minutes, Nightline, Dateline, Larry King Live, and The O’Reilly Factor.
Janja Lalich, Ph.D, Cult Expert and Professor of Sociology at Chico State University. Currently, Dr. Lalich is doing field research with second generation cult survivors, or adults born and raised as children in cultic groups. The project can be found here.
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) – Hundreds of articles and resources for those struggling with cultic abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Annual conferences for survivors and second generation members. ICSA also operates a bookstore with a number of excellent titles for those struggling with involvement with abusive churches and authoritarian movements.
PTSD Forum is a place that supports those who have been through trauma; the diagnosis isn’t just for veterans and first-responders. Not everyone who goes through a spiritually abusive experience deals with PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but many do. It is real, and it is treatable.
Emerging From Broken is a powerful blog resource and community for people suffering with dissociative disorders because of abuse and neglect. Darlene is a great mental health advocate, and she is welcoming and gentle.