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 Sally Martin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We develop and facilitate psychoeducational interactive sessions and practical healing tools for survivors of cults or other types of closed or extremist groups, coercive and high-demand environments, and destructive and controlling relationships. Our aim is to provide the information and resources our clients need to effectively heal from a variety of harmful and/or traumatic personal experiences.
Additionally, we create course material and training sessions to educate and train to help professionals better assist such clients.
As the three of us are also survivors of cultic systems, we personally understand the importance of safe and effective interventions for healing as you take back your life and navigate your own recovery. We believe the most enduring path forward offers psychoeducation, self-regulation tools, and personal insight and empowerment.
Sessions are on Zoom and all participants are screened beforehand for safety and confidentiality purposes. Each session is 2 hours long and the number of sessions may vary with different topics; typically they are between 3 and 5 sessions. Courses may be taken in any order; however, we recommend that everyone start with Foundations of Recovery.
- Foundations of Recovery
- Fundamentals of Healthy Relationships
- Forgiveness of Self
- Narcissism Exposed
- Sally’s Toolbox
- Community Discussion Group
- Individual Consultation
- Training for Helping Professionals