Operating in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Hope Valley, we specialise in providing Psychotherapy, Counselling, Post-Cult Counselling, Supervision and Training
For former members and survivors of coercive, cultic and/or spiritually abusive groups and relationships. Offering a relational psychoeducational approach to recovery from the trauma using a specially designed Recovery Workbook.
Training, Supervision & Consultation
For mental health professionals looking for supervision, consultation or training - particularly in working with survivors of undue influence and abuse.
Welcome to Hope Valley Counselling
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I have written a self-help book for those who have experienced coercive, cultic and/or spiritual abuse.
The book is called 'Walking Free from Coercive, Cultic and Spiritual Abuse: A Workbook for Recovery and Growth'!
I am thilled that Post-Cult Counselling is proving so popular and my book explores all the different areas that I cover in my Recovery Workbook and so much more!
Dr. Gillie Jenkinson
Gillie is an award-winning, accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, and a Director at Hope Valley Counselling. She has over 25 years experience working with survivors of trauma and undue influence - including rape, sexual and spiritual abuse, religious trauma and cults. Gillie also provides training, supervision and consultation to professionals working in this area.
Read the abstract of Gillie’s doctoral (PhD) research into what helps former cult members recover.
Read about Gillie’s latest speaking engagements and articles.
Where are you on your recovery journey?
Gillie is highly qualified and knowledgeable, and I am grateful for the wisdom and expertise she was able to offer me. I felt safe and able to trust her to work through trauma that I rarely speak about. She was not distant or desensitised; she was fully present and always responded with compassion and professionalism. Through her active listening I felt seen and heard, and that my experiences were understood and validated.
Thank you for helping me to move beyond the damage they caused, for helping me to believe in myself and know that I was brave. I did something amazing to stand up to the narcissistic bullies. I paid a heavy price, but you helped me to understand what they did, why they did it and that I can overcome the intrusion of their rhetoric. Thank you so much for everything and feeling strongly enough to help me to discount your costs. For that I am truly grateful.
PCC has been all I expected and more - incredibly insightful into how my transgenerational cult upbringing has shaped so much. Raising awareness of this has been a delightful challenge.
The Recovery Workbook was a helpful tool in my post-cult recovery as it gives a structure and I like seeing the ground covered. I’m glad I have it to look back on, it gives me a sense of completing a phase in my recovery.
The workbook has been a fantastic, well structured tool so far. I am looking forward to reflecting more on what we have been through so far.
My aims for Post-Cult Counselling were ‘Understanding how I was manipulated for so long in a cultic group and managing the difficulty of adapting to life outside.’ I addressed these aims and I feel I have been ‘held’ through this first year of recovery. It has helped me to overcome difficulties as well as gain insights into how cults work. It was really important for me to feel understood and it has helped me make sense of my experience.
One of the most helpful aspects of PCC was the chance to express my thoughts and feelings based on my upbringing in a way that is deeply understood. It’s the first time I have taken up counselling for any length of time, due to this lack of understanding.