Treatment for Closed-Group Abuse
A closed-group can exist in many different areas of life including family groups, religious communities, employment, and intimate partnerships. A closed-group denies access to external sources of information or expertise and demands loyalty through authoritarian structures that emphasize and enforce adherence to group norms and discourage individual self-awareness and autonomy.
This form of abuse is systemic and often plays out over time when a dependency is created and then exploited by those in power.
If you think this may have been your experience I would like to work with you to learn about the common manipulative and coercive tactics abusive groups/individuals employ and how to spot these forms of abuse in the future.
When exiting a closed-group system it can be common to experience a mental and emotional "fogginess" and a struggle to regain a sense of self. Through counseling to explore the impacts a group or person has had on your life we can also clarify an identity that exists beyond the limitations set by the abusive group/person.
I can work with you to learn how groups commonly influence and manipulate members and how to regain a sense of self and individual identity.
If you've grown up in a closed-group system an individual sense of self may not be there at all if you were never given the chance to think for yourself and experience your life without the filters of the group. The process of finding an individual self for the first time can be challenging and having a professional who is aware of the harmful ways groups can impact our lives as well as familiarity with the process of self-discovery can be an asset.
If you're unsure about a group or relationship you've been involved in and would like to explore if there were abusive or manipulative aspects of how the group operated or would like greater insight into the impacts the group may have had on you individually please reach out.