Find a Counselor

The term "counseling" is here used in its most general sense, so it does not necessarily refer to professional and/or licensed individuals or organizations. The term "helping resources" could also be used in this context, but we choose the former term because we believe it will be meaningful to a larger percentage of visitors.

The persons listed below have published in ICSA periodicals or presented at ICSA or SAR conferences. They have indicated that they have experience treating victims of spiritual and/or psychological abuse. SAR does not have the resources to formally evaluate counselors and consultants. Hence, SAR does not endorse or recommend individuals who may be on this list, which is provided for informational purposes only. Appropriate caution should be exercised when selecting a counselor. When feasible, it is advisable to talk to or interview more than one counselor before deciding with whom to work. The effectiveness of a counseling relationship is a function of the relationship compatibility of counselor and client, not only the level of the counselor's expertise, training, or experience. Each person must make his/her own decision about which counselor is most appropriate for him/her. 

We also provide links to support groups, though again SAR does not endorse or recommend any resources.

Views expressed on sites to which SAR has a link are those of the site's author(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by SAR or any of its directors, staff, or advisers. ICSA encourages readers to examine different points of view and talk to different experts before making an important decision. Also see: "Dialogue and Cultic Studies: Why Dialogue Benefits the Cultic Studies Field."

The following links provide information and advice related to finding a counselor/therapist:

American Psychological Association - How to choose a psychologist

Support Groups

Counseling Resources