Regular Counselling and Psychotherapy

Hope Valley Counselling provides Gestalt psychotherapy, integrative psychotherapy and counselling to individuals coping with and range of issues. including:

  • Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Developmental issues
  • Depression
  • Raising awareness of how you think and feel
  • Raising awareness of how you relate to others
  • Anxiety
  • Mental health issues

While psychotherapy and counselling sessions are usually face-to-face in her consulting room in the Hope Valley; Skype and phone sessions are available when meeting in person is not practical.

See our FAQs to find out more about working with Gillie and what to expect before counselling commences. 

Please contact us to discuss the best support options for you and pricing.

 

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Post-Cult Counselling

 

Post-Cult Counselling is a specialised approach to counselling former cult members and survivors of various kinds of undue influence (including psychopathic partner abuse).

 

Post-Cult Counselling has been researched and developed by Gillie Jenkinson over nearly two decades – her approach integrates years of clinical experience; Gestalt psychotherapy; pastoral counselling; other practitioners’ research; as well as her version of the thought-reform model originally developed by Dr Paul Martin at Wellspring Retreat and Resource Centre.

Gillie understands the different therapeutic and practical needs required for “first generation" (1G), those who joined or were recruited into a cult;  and "second generation adults" (2G or SGAs), those who were born and or raised in a cult.

Gillie understands 'Third Culture Kids' (TCKs) and their specific therapeutic needs. She was herself born into another culture (Uganda, East Africa): these needs are in part related to transitioning from one culture to another, and adjusting to life outside that culture. 

What is unique about Post-Cult Counselling?

Gillie's PhD research supports other research and clinical findings that indicate that education leading to understanding how cults gain control is just as important for recovery as the therapeutic relationship itself. She combines these in a relational psycho-educational approach - Post-Cult Counselling. This includes:

  • Understanding thought reform
  • Identifying the cult pseudo-personality
  • Unmasking the cult leader and beginning to see them as a human being and not a God
  • De-briefing any trauma
  • Establishing boundaries amongst others

Post-Cult Counselling addresses the need to recover from the cult pseudo-personality. This is achieved by ‘chewing over’ the experience, discarding and eliminating what is not healthy and nourishing for the individual, whilst they hold on to what is nourishing, as they move forward to free and restore their authentic self. Read more here.

 There are different ways to structure Post-Cult Counselling to suit people's circumstances, including:

1. Post-Cult Counselling Sessions

Meet with Gillie on a regular basis, as long as is required, at her consulting room in the  Hope Valley. If face-to-face sessions aren’t practical, choose to have your sessions over the phone or via Skype.

The frequency and duration of counselling varies from person to person, depending on an individual’s experience, need and their response to therapy. Gillie will provide a recommendation following the mutual assessment, but this is indicative only and based on a mutual discussion and decision.

2. Time Away in the Peak District

 

It is sometimes helpful for former cult members to spend an extended and intensive time in Post-Cult Counselling to help them understand and clarify their experience. 'Time Away' has been designed to achieve just that.

 

Clients stay in accommodation of their choice in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and have face-to-face sessions with Gillie in her consulting room.

Clients will usually have two x two hour sessions each day (total of four hours per day), subject to availability. The duration and structure of ‘Time Away’ varies from client to client but will be generally up to a week (occasionally two).

The length of time allocated will be a mutual decision, although a  recommendation will be provided following the mutual assessment, based on an individual’s needs.

Clients receive a folder with resources and reference materials to take away with them. Follow up phone or Skype sessions can also be arranged.

Therapy is charged at the hourly rate and excludes accommodation, food and travel expenses, which the client will arrange for themselves.

See our FAQs to find out more about working with Gillie and what to expect before counselling commences.

Contact us to discuss the best support options and pricing.

 


Training 

 

Hope Valley Counselling offers training to therapists and other mental health professionals currently working with, or looking to work with, survivors of undue influence including former members of:

 

  • Abusive groups
  • High-demand groups
  • Cults or sects
  • One-on-one cults or relationships, including psychopathic partner abuse and spiritual abuse
  • Abusive New Religious Movements (NRMs)
  • Undue influence
  • Spiritual abuse

 

Training is also available for families and friends of former cult members, organisations, including Churches, and the wider community in order to help them understand the recovery process for these client groups.

Hope Valley Counselling training is delivered by Dr Gillie Jenkinson, who has been offering support and training to professionals and the community for over 20 years.

Training Programmes

 

See our scheduled speaking and events, or contact us to enquire about one of the following training programmes:

Working with former cult members and survivors of undue influence:

  • The four phases of recovery and growth 
  • Post-Cult Counselling
  • How to work with thought reform (or mind control)
  • How to work with trauma - including rape, sexual and spiritual abuse

Other training programmes:

  • Staffing a telephone helpline - particularly a rape, sexual abuse or cult recovery helpline
  • Sand-tray therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Self-care and vicarious trauma for those who work with trauma

Supervision & Consultancy

Supervision and ad-hoc consultancy is available to therapists working with rape, sexual and spiritual abuse, dissociation, undue influence and former cult members.

For those interested in working with Gillie Jenkinson, either in formal supervision or for ad hoc case consultation, please contact us to find out more and discuss pricing.

 

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