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Do Cults Exist? – Olivia Djouadi

June 18 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am BST

Olivia Djouadi

Event Details


When people think of cults, experiences like US based situations may come to mind. However, they occur in the UK as well and as clinicians, we may see clients who have experienced this type of trauma.

It's different from family based or life event traumas which are covered in many trainings. There may be different symptoms for those who joined a cult to those born into one. They can have both a nice side (which may attract new members) and an unsafe side.

When working with this group, we need to keep in mind what may have occurred to them: deprivations of food, light, and sound, coercive control, gaslighting, rules, overwork, extreme trauma, Stockholm syndrome etc. As a result, this may need more than brief therapy.

Olivia will be speaking on captivity at the ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association) 2019 Annual International Conference in July held in Manchester this year.

About Olivia Djouadi


My name is Olivia Djouadi, and I am a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor who works with trauma and chronic conditions online. I also work as a tutor at OLT Online Training for Counsellors Ltd.

When I'm not working, I am raising my son, a special needs adult. I also volunteer at the RAF talking to ex military about their experiences. I also juggle my type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis so do have times I rest.


Ch. 14 - Using creativity in online supervision and chronic illness (OLIVIA DJOUADI)
from the book: "Online Supervision – Anne Stokes" - (May 2018)

Event Format


This event will be an interview conducted using a ZOOM video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

Recordings are usually posted to the library the day after the live event.

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June 18
8:30 am - 9:30 am
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