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

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 awareness trainings).
  • Satanism/Occultism (“black” magic).
  • certain “New Age” groups that engage in harmful and/or deceptive practices.

We are proud of our association with the International Cultic Studies Association (formerly American Family Foundation), the premier cult research and education organization.

RETIRN services include:

  • Family counseling: help in deciding what action to take when a loved one is involved with a cult.
  • Re-entry therapy: individual, family, and group psychotherapy for former cultists and their families.
  • Forensic examinations on issues related to destructive cultism (including child custody, competency, and infliction of psychological distress).
  • Consultation and training to mental health professionals and agencies, educational and religious organizations.
  • Public speaking: highly experienced and stimulating speakers for civic groups, clubs, and other organizations.
  • Cult-sensitive psychological testing & diagnostic evaluations: for assistance in treatment planning.
  • Information and referral to additional sources of support and help, including legal referrals.
  • Exit counseling: noncoercive, voluntary information and counseling sessions for current members of totalistic groups. We are proud of our relationships with recognized, competent, and ethical cult consultants and exit-counselors.

RETIRN Affiliated Consultants include:

  • Steven Eisenberg,
  • Patrick Ryan, 
  • Joe Kelly,
  • Carol Giambalvo, and 
  • David Clark.



RETIRN Associates are consultants, psychotherapists, and counselors, many of whom themselves are former cultists or have been exposed to destructive cults or other coercive influence techniques. They have specialized training and/or experience working with people who have been harmed by individuals and groups that utilize powerful manipulative techniques to coerce sudden and rapid changes in personality, behavior and/or beliefs (usually without informed consent). RETIRN assists cultists and their families make the sometimes difficult transition from coercion to renewed individual choice.

113 E. Greenwood Avenue

Lansdowne, PA 19050
(610) 622-3109

409 Nottingham Road
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 368-9136 & (866) 538-9048 fax

70 Merthyr Road
Pontypridd, Wales CF37 4DD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1443-400456

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