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CULTS! What is a cult, what is thought reform, who gets involved in cults, how do families respond to a family member in a cult, what is exit counseling, what is the recovery period after a person leaves a cult, who are the experts in the field, specific questions about particular groups, etc

Experience in the area

Having two of my books published, receiving awards from organizations in the field of cult education, running recovery workshops for former members of cults, conducting family interventions for cult-involved individuals and helping them to regain their freedom and critical thinking.

What do you like about this subject?

Educating the public about harmful groups and cults and dispelling the myths about who joins cults and how cults work.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Continue educating myself and making the public aware about the deceptive appeal of a cultic group.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Cults actively recruit -- no one "joins" a cult, they simply join something that looks good, that offers a purpose larger than oneself or seems to meet a personal need at a transition time in an individual's life. We are all vulnerable at certain periods of time in our life.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The image of "deprogramming" -- an involuntary intervention in a cultist's involvement. The kind of work done by Thought Reform Consultants is completely voluntary and the family takes a large role in the family intervention.

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2012-02-08 Cult?:

I would refer you to the International Cultic Studies Assn. web site -- here's the link:   If it  doesn't work to copy/paste it, just go to the

2012-02-07 Cult?:

I would refer you to ICSA's web site, which addressed your concerns:

2009-08-18 Exit Counseling:

Hi Laura,  There are very few people who are still doing exit counseling. And they're all around the country. Just be very careful of who you find on the internet who advertise their services. A lot depends

2007-10-09 Shermanites:

Hi Melissa,  I don't know anything about the Shermanites. However, when I googled it, what appeared was another question on All Experts asked by Nori Muster, who I do know. She needed information on the

2007-04-03 Potters House, GR MI:

Hi Jean,  The only listing of a Potter's House in MI is led by Mark Paholsky of Hazel Park, MI. (meaning the listing of the Potter's House that is considered cultic). The person who would know better is


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