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Those involved in counselling have a massive responsibility in the cult field. You are approached by individuals in need of assistance, and may be familiar with distressed clients. Please remember that ex-members of cults have often been away from the "real world" for some time, and have been subject to dissociative, traumatic, psychologically and sometimes physically abusive experiences. They may be poorly qualified to deal with the real world, and be short of money. Browse our articles and subscribe to FAIR News to see how people have been targetted by cults over the years.

Sometimes former members have been through counselling whilst inside the cult which enslaved them, and they may be suspicious of what they see as confessional services (used by some cults to gather information for blackmail) or being asked for money (as they are likely to have been financially exploited). The experience is sometimes similar to abusive relationships involving domestic violence.