This talk is an opening, a crack to let light into considerations of racialized survivor experience with hopes to expand this conversation, and invitations to research the lives, challenges, healing journeys, and to visibilize the living bodies of cult survivors of color.
Cyndi Matthews, PhD, LPC-S, NCC is an experienced Counseling Clinician (17 yrs) working in Private Practice and as an Associate Professor in the counseling program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Most trauma – especially complex trauma – disconnects an individual from their self, their true essence. For those who have come out of a high demand group or relationship, it is imperative to rediscover, or in the instance of an SGA, discover for the first time, this sense of authentic self.
This paper will showcase interventions and resources created within the SGA community and offer a framework for how these initiatives could be applied to rehabilitation and reintegration efforts with repatriates from IS-controlled territories.
An increasing number of individuals are entering mainstream society who were born and/or raised in cults or closed, high-demand groups. In my work as a mental health professional specializing in trauma and recovery from spiritual abuse, I regularly encounter these individuals.