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Steven Hassan’s new book Freedom of Mind provides the knowledge and awareness needed to help yourself and loved ones avoid or escape from such dangerous people and situations. Available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers as paperback and e-book.Learn More

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Again and again, our clients praise their families for sticking by them through the struggle to regain their freedom.  They tell us that they probably wouldn’t have been able to leave their situation, without the support of their families. It is important to stay strong and involved.

We Offer Specific Consulting and Coaching Services for Individual Situations including, but not limited to:

  • If you want information about assisting a member of a controlling group or cult, you’ll find that information under controlling groups.
  • We also have extensive experience helping families reconnect with estranged or alienated loved ones. The estranged family member pages will give you additional information on how we can help.
  • The ex-member section will give you information about getting help to deal with the aftereffects of a controlling group experience.
  • We also have seen how helpful it can be to get experienced support when you're recovering from a difficult or controlling relationship. We encourage you to explore difficult relationships pages.

Steven A. Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC has been involved in educating the public about mind control, controlling groups and destructive cults since 1976.   He holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Steve has written three books that have received extensive praise from former cult members, families of former members, clergy, cult experts, and psychologists.  Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults (1988), Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000), and in July 2012, he published the paperback and ebook, Freedom of Mind:  Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs, Second Edition 2013.

Steve Hassan speaks to national and international audiences and concerned groups about how they can be most effective in the struggle against cults and other dangerous groups.  He has specific ideas for educators, mental health professionals, politicians, law enforcement personnel, parents and community groups.  If you would like to arrange for Steve to speak to your group, please contact us. [Read more]

Rachel Bernstein is an educator and therapist. She is a credentialed teacher in regular and special education, has a Masters Degree in Education, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Starting in 1990, Rachel Bernstein began providing therapy for those hurt by cults, and hurt by those who are abusively manipulative and dominant. She came onto the scene unexpectedly, as one of her relatives became ensnared in a cult, and she felt the shock waves that coursed through the entire family system. Seeing how little cult information was out there at the time, how people didn’t understand what cults were and how they operated, and that therapists were not equipped with the information they needed in order to help those hurt by cults and cultic systems, she felt compelled to be a resource to others. Her late father, Maynard Bernstein, took this issue on as human rights issue, and became a leader in cult education and prevention.

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Debra Clarke has been a crucial part of the Freedom of Mind team for well over a decade and has been working directly with families and individuals since 2004. She works as an educator to assist people to understand issues of undue influence and is an excellent teacher of effective communication strategies which empower friends and loved ones to be helpful.

Debra has personal experience dealing with destructive/abusive relationships and family estrangement difficulties, which gives her insight and a variety of life skills, which are exceptionally helpful in her work with others.  She is not a licensed mental health professional and does not do therapy.[Read more]

 Custom Research Reports

The Freedom of Mind Resource Center can help you research groups and publish reports on a fee-for-service basis.  We have extensive files, contacts and other resources that are not online. Valuable information and referrals can often be produced within hours.

Full written reports can be completed within two to three weeks.

“Steve Hassan is a compelling spokesman on the topic of cult mind control, which encompasses issues of human identity, our innate psychological vulnerabilities and dissociation, and its relationship to mind control.  All of which are of innate interest to mental health professionals..." [Read more]