People caught in manipulative relationships that entail undue influence and predatory alienation often have doubts about their involvement, but learn to squelch those misgivings with some kind of mind-numbing activity or thought-stopping technique. Awakening their critical-thinking skills can help them objectively assess how they succumbed to coercive persuasion and, ultimately, restore any healthy relationships that were abandoned as a result. A certified psychoanalyst and clinical social worker in private practice in Englewood, NJ, Bill Goldberg specializes in treating people who have been manipulated by destructive groups.
One of the foremost authorities on undue influence (mind control) and destructive cults, Steven Hassan understands those subjects from a unique perspective: He is both a former cult member and a clinical professional who has been working full-time in the field since 1976. He holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He is the author of Combating Cult Mind Control (2015); Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs (2013); and Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000).
For more than three decades, Arnold Markowitz, LCSW, has counseled individuals and families dealing with a loved one who has cut off relations with them, primarily in the context of cult affiliations. For 32 years, he was the director of The Cult Hotline and Clinic at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS), a social service and mental health agency in New York City. Concurrently, he maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Tenafly, NJ, and in New York City, which he continues.
A certified psychoanalyst and clinical social worker in private practice in Englewood, NJ, Bill Goldberg specializes in treating people who have been manipulated by destructive groups. Many of the individuals he has counseled have been alienated from their families and convinced to completely cut ties. For 36 years Bill served as a clinical social worker and administrator with the Rockland County (NY) Department of Mental Health, and for the past 35 years he and his wife, Lorna, who also is a psychoanalyst and licensed clinical social worker, have led a support group for former cult members.
"The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society
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— Article 16.3, Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations