Coping with Triggers

Carol Giambalvo, Joseph Kelly Dissociation is a disturbance in the normally integrative functions of identity, memory, or consciousness. It is also known as a trance state. It is a very normal defense mechanism. You’ve all probably heard of how a child being abused—or persons in the midst of traumatic experiences—dissociate. Those are natural occurrences to ...

Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN)

Since 1983, the Re-Entry Therapy, Information & Referral Network (RETIRN) has been providing counseling, forensic (legal), consultation, information and referral services to individuals and families adversely affected by high demand groups, manipulative and totalistic social, political, transformational and/or religious movements, such as: destructive cults  (e.g., religious, political, therapy, marketing cults). mass therapies (e.g., large group ...

Aspects of Recovery

          Recovery from cults is a multifaceted process; initially it is the separation from the group, group practices, and meetings that bound us to the group. Therapy  helps address the emotional aspects of group involvement – feelings of betrayal, abuse and vulnerability to recruitment. It helps to develop and understanding of how the group’s doctrine ...

Understanding and Coping with Triggers

Carol Giambalvo; Joseph Kelly    Dissociation is a disturbance in the normally integrative functions of identity, memory, or consciousness. It is also known as a trance state. It is a very normal defense mechanism. You’ve all probably heard of how a child being abused—or persons in the midst of traumatic experiences—dissociate. Those are natural occurrences to an ...

Post-Cult Problems: An Exit Counselor’s Perspective

Classification of Ex-Members There are several classifications of ex-members, based on how they left the cult. Former members usually fit into one of the following: 1. Those who had interventions. 2. Those who left on their own, or walkaways 3. Those who were expelled, or castaways Walkaways and castaways need the most help in understanding ...

How can I get my kid out of a cult?

Families and friends of a cult-involved person tend to ask the second question. Former group members and others interested in cults tend to ask the former question. However, since the answer to the latter question requires an understanding of the answer to the former question, we will first explain why people leave cults and then ...

Coming Out of the Cults

Excerpted from “Coming Out of the Cults,” Psychology Today, January, 1979 Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D. Most ex-cult members we have seen struggle at one time or another with some or all of the following difficulties and problems. Not all have all of these problems, nor do most have them in severe and extended form. Depression. ...