A big thanks to Doug and Wendy Duncan for compiling this list of cult recovery specific support groups and therapists.
Philadelphia: November 26th at 7 pm
Sponsored by International Cultic Studies Association
New York City – November 25th 7 pm
Monthly 3rd Saturday from 3-5 pm.
Support group 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.
Contact Wendy Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Pat Knapp at 303-730-1717 x211 or email him at BecomingFree.email@example.com
Becoming Free (support/recovery group for religious abuse) Southwest Counseling Associates (SCA) is offering this facilitated support/recovery group to those adults having suffered previous involvement in various abusive and harmful religious or spiritual environments. It is an 8-week support/recovery group at a cost of $45 for all 8 meetings ($5/meeting).
Los Angeles, California:
Facilitated by Rachel Bernstein, who is a therapist and who has worked for years with the Cult Hot Line and Clinic in New York. Meets the first Thursday of the month; please call first to see if the group is appropriate for you: (818) 907-0036
Loomis, CA 95650
Facilitator: John Morehead
(916) 631-7896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Westbrook , Connecticut:
Co-led by Vanessa Weber, Kristin DeVoe and Richard Poletunow, meets monthly (except July) on the first Sunday of the month, 1:30-4:00. Please call for more information: 860-399-0190
On the first Friday of every month from 7pm to 9:30 pm
Contact Tricia and Jimmy Cartledge at 402-991-9289
Facilitator: Brad Hibbard, please contact via e-mail before calling: Rhavin54@hotmail.com
New Jersey/New York:
Bill & Lorna Goldberg. (201) 894-8515
Meets bi-monthly at Seton Hall University.
Facilitator: Tom Morris. (973) 763-2735 email@example.com
Tennessee – East Tennessee (Cleveland):
Support groups have non-coercive Christian orientation and focus on ex-member concerns
Facilitator: Rev. Rafael D. Martinez,
Spiritwatch Ministries: http://www.spiritwatch.org
Washington – Seattle Area
Facilitator: John Goldhammer (206) 306-0322
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Resource Center (970) 490-2032
Rosanne Henry, LPC
Doug Duncan, MA, LPC, specializing in cultic/spiritual abuse.
Jewish Board Of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS)
Cult Hotline & Clinic
(212) 582-9100 or toll-free at 1-888-532-2769.
Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center
Albany, OH 45710
web site: wellspringretreat.org
telephone: (614) 698-6277
Wellspring is a residential treatment facility for persons traumatized through abusive relationships and cultic organizations, the only such facility in the world. Wellspring has been a place of recovery for hundreds of survivors and ex-members of abusive groups and relationships.
Bill and Lorna Goldberg
Englewood, New Jersey.
Support group monthly on a Saturday evening. Also offer individual counseling. Contact: Bill Goldberg ; or call 201.894.8515
MeadowHaven- residential facility for former cult members
Lakeville, MA 02134
Contact Bob or Judy Pardon
Colleen Russell, LMFT
Mill Valley, California, 94941
Phone: (415) 383-7721
Offers two support groups a month (every 2nd and 4th Saturday, from 4:30 PM – 6:00PM) and individual counseling for former cult members
Steven Hassan M.Ed., LMHC, NCC
Offers short term counseling and consultation