Take Back Your Life Recovery

Take Back Your Life Recovery Courses

Take Back Your Life Recovery is a collaborative effort between Dr. Janja Lalich, educator, author, and international authority on cults and coercion, and two experienced mental-health professionals: Beth Matenaer, Licensed Professional Counselor and...

Take Back Your Life Now Available in Audio Format

I’m simply ecstatic to announce that my book “Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults & Abusive Relationships” has just been released in audio format, narrated by Sarah Edmondson. Available at and Audible...

Recommended Reading (updated May 2021)

These are some of the best books and publications about cults, thought reform, and related topics. Some of these titles may be out of print or difficult to find, but many are well worth the search. On Cults & Their Techniques of Influence and...

Take Back Your Life: Learning & Recovery Series on Zoom

For Survivors of Cults, High-Control Groups & Coercive Relationships First Series Starts May 1, 2021 Hosted by: Janja Lalich, PhD, Beth Matenaer, LPC & Sally Martin, LCSW This 4-week “expert interview” style program will meet weekly for 90...

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Dr. Janja Lalich

Janja Lalich, Ph.D. is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups, with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology and social control, and issues of gender and sexuality.