reFOCUS does not have ‘official’ support groups, nor do we endorse any of the following. The following are support groups that are currently meeting. The list at the end consists of support groups that are open not only to former members of cults, but to families of cult members. reFOCUS also differentiates between 'support groups' that are facilitated by mental health professionals who charge participants for the meetings as being ‘therapy groups.’ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Mary Jo Cysewski, MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor is currently running a support group in Los Angeles, California. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 310-963-4000
Online workshop behave, believe, become – or not! For former members, including those born and raised, and partners, current and past, is developed and regularly offered bi-weekly nationwide by Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP, who has specialized in cult and high demand group education and recovery for over 20 years. She is also a former member in her young adulthood. In this educational, interactive video workshop participants meet each other and address many experiences of cult involvement and adjustment into mainstream culture with educational slides included to augment their understanding. Begun in October of last year, it appears to be a valuable opportunity given participants feedback. One or two individual consultations are requested prior to workshop participation. Fee: $45.00 per person; $60.00 family. This is not a therapy group. Contact: Colleen @ 415-785-3513; email@example.com; www.colleenrussellmft.com .
A hybrid Supportive Therapy Group for Former Members including Those Born and Raised, is offered every other Saturday, face to face in Marin County, SF Bay Area, and on online video. Participants address relevant issues in their lives, current and past, often involving cult recruitment and indoctrination, relationships, trauma, loss, family of origin, difficult transitions, challenges, successes, self-care. Slides in the video online format in a secured Hipaa-compliant website augment individual narratives and experiences. An individual consultation is requested prior to participation. Fee $45.00. Facilitated and developed by Colleen Russell since 2003, herself a former member in her young adulthood. Contact: Colleen @ 415-785-3513; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.colleenrussellmft.com .
Rachel Bernstein, MSEd, LMFT in addition to seeing clients in private practice, she currently facilitates a support group in Encino, CA for former members and family of current members. Phone: (818) 907-0036 | Email email@example.com | www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com
Vanessa N Weber, MSW, LCSW through her private practice offers a support group. Contact: New Milford Counseling, LLC | Website: www.newmilfordcounseling.com| Address: 143 West Street, #C106 New Milford, CT 06776 | Phone: 860 717 4400 New Jersey/New York
Creativity and Trauma group: Primarily psychodynamic trauma group for those for whom creativity was part of survival since childhood, had early cult/non-cult related trauma, currently struggle with creativity, and are in ongoing psychodynamic individual therapy. Dana Wehle, LCSW | Phone: 212-479-7963
Englewood, NJ: Monthly support group for former members of cultic groups. Bill Goldberg, LCSW & Lorna Goldberg, LCSW | Phone: 201-894-8515 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a Christ-centered support group for folks who are trying to break free from dangerous high control or cult groups. We believe what often keeps people from getting the help they need is the fear of the word cult (which is the root word of words like culture or cultivate; which simply means to group). The danger comes when the group begins to isolate members, elevate leaders, and mutilate truth, all in the name of "god" or "religion." Our goal is to educate, come along side, and encourage relationship, all in the name of Jesus Christ. We meet once night a week for eight weeks and off for 4 weeks and back on a rotating schedule in Columbus, Ohio. Please contact Gina for more information at email@example.com
Dallas area. For former members of cults, high-demand groups, or spiritually abusive groups. The support group provides a safe place to discuss personal experience as a former member, a nonjudgmental group of peers, and basic educational information about cultic groups. The group meets on the 4th Saturday of the month in Dallas, Texas from 3 - 5 p.m. Call 214-607-1065 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Washington DC area
A Washington, DC area cult recovery support group has begun. They meet once a month in Arlington, Virginia. If you would like to attend the support group, you are invited to contact the co-facilitators, Mary Moore at 410-980-3155 or Marita LaPalm at 734-546-9880 for more information.
A group has formed in Central London for those who have left or are trying to leave high control, high demand, or cultic groups, as well as loved ones of those in such groups. We have a confidential peer support group that has been meeting every few weeks, and we also have done social events. If you or someone you know is interesting in attending, please email email@example.com.
Online/ Facebook Support Groups
Katharina Meredith leads a monthly Brunch meetup and support group in Zurich for people that grew up in destructive groups and cults. The group is in German. More information on www.facebook.com/starkenerven
This online group is a safe place where people can go to engage with others who have left faith-based belief systems and are looking for community. The process to join is to simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more consideration.
Helping Resources: Rosanne Henry, M.A., L.P.C. Rosanne is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in the Denver area. She specializes in the Recovery from Cults and Other Abusive Relationships. She served as vice president and then, Co-Director of the former Cult Awarenss Network Denver affiliate from 1991 to 1996. She now serves on ICSA's Board of Directors. Rosanne has also facilitated ICSA's Recovery Workshops in Estes Park for the last 17 years. She is a former member of an Eastern based cult called Kashi Ranch. Visit her web site: http://www.cultrecover.com
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