Since closing my private practice as a psychotherapist, I am now concentrating on sharing ways to help anyone caught in high-control environments, such as a cult – as I was for the first thirty years of my life.

It is my goal to offer a variety of therapeutic resources to help with the daring act of exiting from a demanding and controlling milieu, to help heal the psychological and emotional wounds that result as a consequence of being subjected to: coercion, repression, manipulation, exploitation, and even ostracism from family and friends.

If you are recovering from being the victim of a high-demand, coercive environment, this site is designed to help you manage and heal from the many negative effects of having your life co-opted and controlled. You will access a variety of resources to help you learn how to care for yourself during the challenging period of reclaiming your mind and rebuilding your life. Do navigate the site and see if there are resources here that are right for you. New resources and information are added on a regular basis. New articles are posted frequently on the blog.

My new books “The Challenge to Heal: After Leaving a High-Control Group” is now available Amazon.com in both print and Kindle versions. “The Challenge to Heal” companion volume, “The Challenge to Heal Workbook & Journal is available HERE in print format.

If you have tried to fast-track your recovery from high-control abuses by going into therapy, only to find that the therapist does not really understand what you experienced in the cult, nor how challenging it is to rebuild your independent self and life, check out my new book, “Cracking the Cult Code for Therapists“.

Check out the “Look Inside” option on Amazon in order to see the Table of Contents and read a few of the opening pages, by clicking HERE.


Thank you for visiting. Hope to see you back here soon!     Bonnie Zieman


“As we wander in the mazes of the psyche,

we come upon a secret joy that reconciles us to our path … 

… our inner partner.

When we stand alone, a companion appears.”

~ Carl Jung