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Cultic Therapies

We use the term "cultic therapies" to refer to programs of psychological or medical treatment that may tend toward excessive use of manipulative techniques.  Though some people may be harmed by such programs, others may remain unharmed, and others may benefit.  The existence of harm, however, may result in criticism of the program.

Listed below are articles and book reviews on this site that are relevant to this topic.


A Psychoanalytic Look at Recovered Memories - Lorna Goldberg

Crazy Wisdom - William Yenner

Manipulative Therapists - Shirley Siegel

Psychotherapy Cults - Margaret Singer, Maurice Temerlin, & Michael Langone

Psychotherapy Cults: An Ethical Analysis - Kim Boland & Gordon Lindbloom

Some Hazards of the Therapeutic Relationship - Jane Temerlin & Maurice Temerlin

Book Reviews