After twenty years of private practice as a licensed psychotherapist, Bonnie Zieman is recently retired (although she occasionally conducts therapy sessions via Skype for current or former JWs). As both a therapist and a former, born-in Jehovah’s Witness, Bonnie has the skills, knowledge, education and experience which she uses to help survivors of coercive-control groups recover from mind-control, manipulation, deception and abuse. Bonnie is the author of the following books:
- The Challenge to Heal: After Leaving A High-Control Group
- The Challenge to Heal Workbook & Journal
- Exiting the JW Cult: A Healing Handbook
- Fading Out of the JW Cult: A Memoir
- Cracking the Cult Code for Therapists
- Shunned: A Survival Guide
Bonnie Zieman is also on the Board of Review of the Open Minds Foundation which is dedicated to exposing and combating all forms of undue influence, coercion, mind-control and manipulation.
Education & Experience: Bonnie has a Masters of Education degree (M.Ed.), a Graduate Diploma in Education & Training of Adults, and has completed extensive training in both Gestalt and Psychosynthesis therapies. She has also completed both levels of training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy, and in Psychotraumatology and Crisis Intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress. Bonnie is a multi-disciplinary psychotherapist using a variety of approaches, such as Existential, Humanist, Cognitive/Behavioral, Psychodynamic, EMDR, EFT and Mindfulness in her work with clients. Bonnie brings this knowledge, training and experience to her writing about healing from the after-effects of being in and then leaving high-control groups.