Unmasking High Control Environments
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In this eye-opening episode, our three guests—Bre, Dr. Jan, and Hillary—bravely share their personal journeys within various cults, shedding light on the dark corners of manipulative environments. Bre, raised in a non-denominational cult in Canada, discusses the toxic religious aspects and her subsequent venture into coaching to aid others in their recovery. Dr. Jan, a former school psychologist, provides insights into the damaging effects of the shepherding movement, exposing the perils of authoritarianism and control. Hillary's story unveils her experiences in the Twin Flames Universe, an online spiritual group, detailing emotional manipulation, financial exploitation, and the pressure to conform.

The heart of the episode explores the theme of high-control environments, commonly associated with cults. Bre emphasizes power dynamics and the coercion to serve and tithe within religious communities, revealing a lack of autonomy in decision-making. Instances where seeking permission from pastors for personal choices was the norm, especially for women, illustrate the extent of control. Hilary contributes her perspective from the Twin Flame universe, delving into how the group leader manipulated relationships and influenced gender transitions to fit prescribed unions.

This insightful conversation brings attention to the red flags indicative of cult-like control in various environments, urging listeners to recognize and navigate these warning signs. Join us as we delve into the shared struggles of autonomy, manipulation, and the quest for freedom within the diverse experiences of our guests.

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About our Guests:

Dr. Jan Fox-Peterson practiced school psychology for many years for a large, urban k-12 school district until she became a consultant in restorative practices and a Supreme Court approved mediation/dispute resolution provider. In a nutshell, in the last decades, Dr. Jan has focused on coaching people in relationship wellness, compassionate communication, transforming conflict, and discovering their inner strength to persevere through trials in life.

Bre Hamilton is trained through an ICF accredited coach training, as well as utilizing her own methodology, Awareness to Action Method™️. She works with Folx who have escaped toxic religion to heal and deconstruct their beliefs in order to live the life they truly intend to live through tapping back into their intuition, primarily through community focused programs.

Hillary Dahl is a trauma sensitive coach that has a passion and desire to guiding others to get out of their heads and into their lives. Hillary works with you in a loving and compassionate way to guide you to a solution to bring you more peace and ease.

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