The support group meets in the Dallas, Texas area on the third Saturday of each month from 4-6 pm. We are currently meeting via Zoom due to the coronavirus. The group provides a safe place to discuss your personal experience as a former member, a nonjudgmental group of peers, and basic educational information about cultic groups. If you are interested, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At one of our support groups, a woman who I met and invited to join our group 5 years ago, came for the first time. She read the email notices every month, but work and other obstacles prevented her from coming. Our monthly support group, and especially newcomers, inspire me and renew my belief in the power of groups in the healing process from cultic and spiritual abuse. In Judith Hermann’s book, Trauma and Recovery, she writes, “The core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others. Recovery, therefore, is based upon the empowerment of the survivor and the creation of new connections. Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation.” Contact with ex-members is invaluable and is often regarded as essential for a return to normal life according to Swartling and Swartling, (1992). West and Martin (1996) also confirm that post-cult recovery can be supported by testimonials from other ex-members. I hope you will consider joining our support group. The support group is free and there is no pressure to talk or to come back. Many people attend for some time, drop out, and return occasionally because of a specific need or interest. Some people only come once but are interested in staying on the email list because of articles that are occasionally sent. It takes a lot of courage to attend the first time, but the group is comprised of amazing people and you will feel supported.
Our meeting space is in North Dallas, but during the coronavirus pandemic, we are meeting via Zoom. Best,Wendy J. DuncanEmail: email@example.com (land)