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If you have been a member of a spiritual group and now have left or are thinking of leaving, you most likely are experiencing a spiritual crisis or at least, some tumult. The group has most likely formed your world view, provided the structure of your daily life and your activities, and provided your friendships and relationships as well as your inspiration. Leaving means losing a lot of the things that have defined your life all at once. Depending on your organization, you may be wondering if your teacher really was enlightened, if your group was, in fact a cult, if you’ll be able to have a normal life again, and if so, how long it will take until you have your life back.
It may help you to know that you’re hardly alone. Every year, several hundred thousand people leave spiritual groups and cults. But knowing the facts is just a start. You also need to process your emotions around leaving, and assess not only what you’ve lost, but also, what you gained from your time in the group so that you don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. And what you need depends on your experience. While some leave because they have become disillusioned; others have actually experienced spiritual abuse and need a full cult-recovery process. In either case, you may well need healing of the spiritual crisis that has left a hole where faith and inspiration used to live.
Dr. Cohen wrote her doctoral dissertation on coaching individuals leaving spiritual organizations, and has considerable specialized expertise in this arena, having left a spiritual group herself after 23 years of dedicated membership. She can help you to gain more insight about your group and the events that led to your decision to leave and to come to peace with your decision to leave as you start your new journey, without the group. She can also help you to process any trauma or spiritual crisis that may have resulted from your time in the group using a variety of trauma-reducing interventions.