A fight against a 'hidden menace.'
For three years I worked for and attended the meetings of a Bible-based charismatic cult. Many felt that the leader displayed characteristics associated with a Narcissistic personality and the group used unethical methods of control and manipulation to keep people entrapped and financially exploit them. The group did me a serious amount of psychological damage and left me unemployed and isolated.
Following this experience, I felt I couldn't pick up with a new life, ignore what had happened and 'move on,' something which was regularly advised. I needed to do something to raise awareness of coercive control and help people recover from its devastation and committed to make this a focus in my life.
Following my counselling training, I trained as a teacher, specialising in teaching counselling and mental health awareness, and then completed a masters degree in the psychology of coercive controlling behaviour at the University of Salford.
'To think again,' is my private practice counselling service and the fruit of those decisions.
FdSc, MSc, MBACP, MSET
Media articles and appearances
Sheffield Tribune article (August 2023)
BBC World Service; Heart and Soul (November 2022)
The Post news article (September 2022)
BBC Radio 5 Live podcast (June 2022)
The University of Salford: School of Health and Society news (March 2022)
Discovery Plus documentary (March 2022)
'Yahoo news (also featured in 'The Metro' and other news distributers, October 2021)
'Wobbling about and rocking out!' interview (July 2021)
Discussion with ex-scientologist Jon Atack (Feb 2021)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): 'Therapy Today' Magazine (May 2020)
Talk beliefs interview (April 2020)
Talk beliefs interview (Feb 2020)
The University of Salford: Business school news (Jan 2020)
National Autistic Society: Your Autism (Winter 2019)
National Autistic Society: The Spectrum (October 2019)
Linked in article (October 2019)