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Leave the Cult Handbook Helps People Leaving Cults and Churches

People leaving cults and churches often feel dislocated, dissilusioned, and traumatized. Dr. Hiyaguha Cohen provides information and insight in a new self-help guide now available at


Up to 17 million people worldwide belong to cults. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people leave these cults, and most find the experience devastating. Anyone who leaves doesn’t give up just membership in a group, but typically they also give up a world view, a community of friends, a life mission, and even a daily routine.

 To make matters worse, when former cult members look for help, they usually find it’s in short supply. Few therapists have specific training to work with this population, many cult books spout theory or tell tales about cult survivors instead of providing a road map, and most people on the outside simply don’t understand how easy it is to get into a cult, or how difficult it is to get out. The “Leave the Cult Handbook,” now available at, provides a lifeline.

The “Leave the Cult Handbook” offers first aid to anyone reeling from leaving a cult or church. It helps readers to untangle the confusion about what really went on in their group, to heal the wounds, and to figure out where they’re headed now. The book also helps family members and friends of former cult members who want to learn how to be supportive. The book is now available on

Written with an insider’s eye, The “Leave the Cult Handbook” draws from author Dr. Hiyaguha Cohen’s firsthand experience of spending 23 years in a cult. The book guides readers to examine the definition of a cult, the behavior of cult leaders, and the subtleties of cult mind control. Through questions for reflection, readers discover how their group measured up in all these areas. A free accompanying Workbook provides additional opportunities for reflection and links to helpful resources.

Author Hiyaguha Rachelle Cohen, PhD, is also the author of “Boldly Live as You’ve Never Lived Before: Life Lessons from Star Trek” (with Richard Raben), “The No-Pain Resume Workbook” (a humorous guide to finding a job), as well as hundreds of articles on health and lifestyle. She maintains a private coaching practice specializing in helping people to negotiate difficult transitions with ease. She lives in Kauai with her husband and two standard poodles.

You can read excerpts or order the “Leave the Cult Handbook” here, or go to For more information, contact the author at or call 808-639-4517.



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