Psychotherapy and Cult Recovery

WELCOME!

I am Rosanne Henry a professional counselor licensed in the state of Colorado. I help people evaluate harm in cultic groups, relationships, and potentially abusive organizations, especially those disguised as churches.

Understanding how destructive cults gradually and deceptively evolve helps create viable strategies for protection, departure and recovery.

I will help you define the term "cult" and provide tools so you can evaluate potential harm in any group, organization, or church.

Then I will direct you to trusted resources. Cult Recovery is my specialty. I have worked with hundreds of cult survivors over the last twenty years.

THIS WEBSITE IS DESIGNED TO STREAMLINE YOUR SEARCH FOR RELIABLE INFORMATION ON CULTS & PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION.

 

 

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  NEW BOOK FOR CLINICIANS

Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Former Members and Families

 

Editors: Lorna Goldberg, William Goldberg, Rosanne Henry, Michael Langone

This landmark, 500-page book, with chapters from leading clinicians and researchers, describes the current state of the art in helping people adversely affected by a cultic dynamic, whether in a cult, mainstream religious denomination, psychotherapy, family, or other interpersonal relationship.

 

ROSANNE HENRY'S CHAPTER ABSTRACT

MENTALIZATION / ATTACHMENT APPROACH TO CULT RECOVERY

Those harmed by destructive cults need a comprehensive approach that addresses the intentional, interpersonal and often emotionally overwhelming aspects of cult trauma.

This seminar will define attachment and mentalization, and how these developmental capacities are systematically undermined in cult environments. It will explain cult trauma through the lens of attachment and offer six therapeutic tasks that improve cult recovery.

In addition to the well-established psychosocial approach to cult recovery this developmental and relational one adds important avenues to healing.

It focuses on resuming derailed psychosocial development, evaluating the intention of cult survivors and cult leaders, improving one’s ability to create and maintain relationships and enhancing cognitive and affective skills.

Understanding this framework enables therapists to help survivors move more quickly to a mentalizing mode of experience where they more clearly understand the relationship between their internal and external reality. Along with this new perspective comes the possibility of helping cult survivors mentalize cult trauma, develop more secure attachments, and reclaim their resilience.

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