Intensive Recovery Services

Steven Hassan provides intensive recovery consulting services using the Freedom of Mind Approach to Recovery and Healing. The usual schedule for a 1-Week Recovery Intensive is 4 full days of consulting services provided on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We customize services to meet your individual needs.

Insurance is not accepted.

If you believe that this approach might be a good fit for your needs and resources, please call our office at 617 396-4638 to request an initial 60-minute Zoom video call consult with Steven Hassan.

Please understand that there may be a waiting period for the next available consultation appointment.

Initial consultations are usually scheduled on weekdays, from 9 am to 5 pm Eastern time.

Complete the Recovery Services Case Evaluation Form prior to the consult:

  • online form, or
  • downloadable form, sign, scan and return via:
    • Fax to (617) 628-8153,
    • Virtru encrypted email to,
    • Signal encrypted messaging – call our office for instructions, or
    • Mail to Freedom of Mind Resource Center, 716 Beacon Street #590443, Newton, MA 02459.

You may submit additional materials for review prior to the initial consult, such as investigative, medical or legal reports; copies of communications; and photos. Review of up to 10 pages of material, inclusive of the case evaluation form, is included. There is an additional charge to review over 10 pages. We provide encrypted email for sensitive documents.

During the initial consult, you and Steve will discuss your Case Evaluation Form and any other materials that you have submitted. Some people prefer to give more sensitive information directly to Steve during the consultation. Steve will answer your questions and provide recommendations for the next steps including strategies, intervention services, post-intervention recovery resources, and other resource and referral options.

Why are recovery services needed? There are many negative issues experienced by former members of high-control groups. For example, many things can trigger aspects of left-over cult programming. Some ex-members get to the point that they actually think about returning to the cult, or feel they must seek out some new guru, leader, or group. It takes time and often guidance to get beyond the black and white, us-versus-them, elitist mentality that cults tend to program into their members. The goal is empowering a person’s unique authentic self to function in a healthy balanced way.

What is the focus of this recovery approach? The way to recover from destructive mind control is to learn to control your own mind. In our practice, we help people develop increased self-awareness so that they can reclaim, or in some cases, create for the first time, a healthy internal locus (center) of control.

Who may benefit from this approach? In addition to religious cult cases, we help people involved in destructive one-on-one relationships, therapy and self-improvement groups, families, parental alienation, mini-cults, professional abuse, institutional abuse, corporations, multi-level marketing, political groups, human trafficking, hate and violent extremism, and other undue influence situations. All involve radical personality changes, often resulting in dropping out of school, work, alienation and loss of contact. Some involve covert uses of hypnosis and sexual abuse.

Learn more about recovery:

Help For Those That Leave a Cult But Still Have Beliefs That Are Harmful

Recovery from Spiritual Abuse and Healing Oneself to Trust Again


Tired of Being “On The Fence” With Your Life?

The Freedom of Mind Approach to Helping Individuals Born in High-Demand Groups and Cults (1:20:19)

Judith Herman’s Victims of Violence Trauma Seminar Department of Psychiatry: Laura and Steven Hassan 1/16/14 Part1 (58:02)

Judith Herman’s Victims of Violence Trauma Seminar Department of Psychiatry: Laura and Steven Hassan 1/16/14 Part2 (57:27)

Combating Cult Mind Control

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