What is Well-Being?

Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high over-all life satisfaction, and a sense of meaning or purpose. More generally, well-being is just feeling well. Emotional Well-Being — The ability to practice stress-management techniques, be resilient, and generate the emotions that lead to good feelings. To develop emotional well-being, we need to build emotional skills — skills like positive thinking, emotion regulation,...[ read more ]

What is a Cult?

A cult is an ideological organization which blends a powerful social structure with a self-appointed charismatic leader. This leader exploits unsuspecting vulnerable members using extreme levels of manipulation. Cults infuse dependency upon the member. Cult dependency includes a ‘seemingly’ voluntary surrender of individuality, identity, personality, critical thinking skills and total commitment. This isolating commitment often promises spiritual and eternal salvation...[ read more ]

Personality Changes from Cult Involvement

Can cult involvement be powerful enough to change one’s personality? Most people know someone who represents the face of abuse whether through: domestic violence, a toxic environment, or narcissism. Cult involvement can include all of these, with the addition of spiritual and sexual abuse, including sex trafficking. Cults are defined as an organization with: an authoritarian structure; a closed system...[ read more ]

Grief: A step that cannot be avoided

Grief is a natural process that everyone on the planet must endure. I recently had the pleasure to speak at a traumatic brain injury (TBI) group at the Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO, on grief. A group attendee said that it seemed like their “old self” died after experiencing a TBI. I shared that: It is common to...[ read more ]


I have just been trained as a group facilitator for Ending The Game, a 10-week non-judgmental psycho-educational curriculum to help individuals leave the sex trafficking industry for good. On average, when someone leaves, or is rescued from, the industry, they return due to trauma bonds and indoctrination processes 15 times. It can be delivered in one- or two-hour group formats...[ read more ]

Post-Cult After Effects / Post-Cult Trauma Syndrome

ult Recovery: Leaving a high demand group can be devastating–even if the individual left of their own free will. Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D., describes it as “post-cult trauma syndrome.” The characteristics are described below. Post-Cult After Effects

Six Ways a Cult Can Deceive

his article explains six important ways in which a cult can deceive their members. Six Cult Deceptions

Leaving a Cult

Some people struggle with the question, “How can I be traumatized if I look normal on the outside?” Below is a helpful article from International Cultic Studies Association on the psychological damage that can occur to an individual when leaving a cult. Please select this link:  The Impact of Leaving a Cultic Group

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