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What Does Abuse and Cult 
Recovery Work Look Like?

Your Recovery Program

Although each person's journey toward healing will be different, 

they will have core needs in common.

Psychoeducation in Abuse and Cult Dynamics

Knowledge is the foundation for healing and starting your new life.  You need to have a full understanding about how the abusive individual or group manipulated you and infected the way you see yourself, others, and the world around you. 

 

Learning how abusive individuals and cultic groups operate and learning their basic "m.o."  in general - and seeing the similarities between narcissists and groups - will help you see the abusive individual or group with which you were involved for what it is. 

 

This is a core element of abuse and cult recovery as it assists survivors in detaching mentally from the abusive individual or group.

Trauma-Focused Work in Abuse and Cult Recovery

 

Involvement in high-control situations, whether it be abusive personal relationships, cults, high-demand/high-control groups, or interpersonal violence, results in trauma in many different forms, depending on the situation.

In addition to any specific abuses (physical, verbal, mental, emotional, sexual, financial), cult-related trauma include profound spiritual abuses that need to be processed.

Further, involvement in these abusive relationships or groups interferes in the way survivors see themselves, the people around them, and the world in general, and these distorted views need to be reset.

Identity Work in Abuse and Cult Recovery

In most cases, the individual or group has stripped away the survivor's natural personalities and has installed a group persona and mandatory belief system.  Particularly for survivors who were born-in or raised-in cults and abusive relationships from childhood, this is a huge part of the work. 

 

Identity work helps survivors discover who they are from an innate perspective, helps them identify who they want to be and what they believe autonomously, and then strategizes how they can create their new life as healed, autonomous, and authentic individuals.

After you share your story, we will work through three stages of recovery:

Commitment - Healing - Identity

  1. We set your commitment to the process and to safety​​

    1. We set your motivation to learn about cult dynamics

    2. We learn about ways that your group employed control tactics

    3. We set your focus to move into recovery

  2. We set your healing intention

    1. We identify your specific traumas​

    2. We do extensive narrative work

    3. We practice slowly via exposure work 

  3. We create your post-cult identity

    1. You redefine who you want to be​

    2. We strategize how you will work toward your new, post-cult self

    3. You outline ways you can implement your new identity

Maintenance

  1. You monitor your progress

  2. We evaluate where you want to make further changes

  3. You identify ways to practice

Let’s Work Together

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