Grace and Mercy
Cult FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about cults, sects, and related issues
Counseling & Support
for ex-cult members, current members, plus families and friends
In this section you'll find the following resources:
Guidelines for selecting a counselor
Organizations and ministries recommended by Apologetics Index
What you should know about fees
About Countercult organizations and ministries
A Word About Professional FeesProfessional intervention and counseling services do not come cheap. Discuss fees as soon as possible and get everything in writing. Do not make hasty decisions, but compare rates and check your options.
If you can not afford the fees, here are some options:
About Countercult organizations and ministriesThe vast majority of ex-cult counselors are associated with - for the most part - Christian countercult organizations and ministries (of which there are over 700 in the U.S. alone). This includes many trained professionals, but also many lay people who may or may not be skilled in counseling techniques. Some charge a fee, some ask for a free-will donation, and some do not expect and/or accept payments at all.
That said, many ex-cult members feel uncomfortable with organizations, ministries and individuals of any religious background - because they do not want to be converted from one belief system into another. That is an understandable, legitimate concern.
Here's how Janet and I (the publishers of Apologetics Index) work: We are Christians and we operate from a mainstream Christian point of view. In part this means we believe that ultimately a person's desire for spiritual fulfillment can only be met by making peace with God through his son, Jesus Christ.
However, we support freedom of religion in thought and expression. We both strongly believe that people who need help should be helped regardless of who or what they are, what their lifestyle is, what they believe, what they can or can not afford, and whether or not they would be open for the message of the Christian Gospel. While we let people know up-front who and what we are, we also let them know that our help comes with absolutely no strings attached.
There are many Christians who work from a similar perspective. Finding them is another thing. You can start by contacting the organizations listed here (the Christian ones are color-coded 'blue,' while the secular ones are 'purple').
Mainstream churches also can be good resources. Many will have skilled counselors available within their congregations. Others may work with professional (Christian or non-Christian) counselors, or will be able to refer you to an organization or ministry.
When talking with Christians counselors or organizations, simply ask questions like this:
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