Reviews
I love Rachel’s sincerity & her passion for her topic
Albie1984! via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 02/08/24
I love this podcast because the host is so well educated on coercive controlled environments and cults in general. She is also the rare therapist that understands cults and the people who are in them.
Madam-Mim via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/24
Thoughtful host, enlightening conversations, not stuffed with ads.
dave184758493 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/24
As a person of faith, I really appreciated these conversations with Ron Burke. Thoughtful and insightful.
Thoughtful. via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/27/23
This has been so healing for me, I’m so grateful to have this wonderful resource to help me in my journey to heal from an experience that is so clouded in isolation and mystery by its very nature.
sofloatingmany via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/09/23
I’ve learned lots through this podcast and so much compassion for survivors. All the brave folks who speak of their experiences to help others who may also be in the same situation. Also an awareness of what to watching for. The interviews are done with such grace . I so enjoy the end whereafter...Read full review »
Stacialowe via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/30/23
I absolutely love this podcast. The conversations are so genuine, and the information is so relevant. So many people are being coerced and indoctrinated in our society. From controlling relationships to radicalized political ideation, it’s more pervasive than we realize. Those of us who are...Read full review »
Medrese via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/23
A knowledgeable host with an incredible roster of guests that would appeal to anyone interested in identifying and protecting themselves from coercive control, abuses of power, con artists and predators. I first discovered Rachel on the 2020 documentary “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult” (a...Read full review »
Wannerhead via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/23
This is mind blowing- it will make you cry, probably smile sometimes. It’ll definitely educate you if you are “layman” like me. But not the least: Leave an immense impression on you of what all the brave people has gone through - AND has risen! My heart goes out to all of you and also thanks...Read full review »
Frk.papaya via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 04/24/23
Rachel’s warmth, sincerity and knowledge make her interviews with people so real and relatable. Each guest is able to open up and share their unique wisdom and experiences. I always learn new things and get fresh perspectives. Rachel and her guests model exploring and sharing together rather than...Read full review »
markari67 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/23
I LOOOOVE this show! It’s made me aware of coercive control, helped me see attitudes I was raised with that were unhelpful and given me a tool to educate my children so they can learn what to look out for and about what some of their peers experience. I cannot praise this enough! 10 out of 5...Read full review »
CMG725 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/30/23
This podcast has been an important part of understanding the pattern of coercive control I’ve experienced in family dynamics and relationships and has been a supportive part of me to take back my life. Thank you!
raccoh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/23
Great podcast, especially for people who have been or are in high demand groups, or people who have been or are in a toxic, abusive or codependent relationship.
Sebastián1076 via Apple Podcasts · Mexico · 03/27/23
Brilliant work, clearly presented! I found this podcast from Dr Steven Hassan and your recent interview on that podcast. I especially appreciate your analysis of coercive control which has lifted the veil and opened my eyes to the insidious nature of coercion and its prevalence in society. You...Read full review »
TimSmitten via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/23
A couple of years after stumbling on this podcast, it continues to be such a touchstone for really important information about coercive control, I never miss an episode. The patreon is definitely worth joining too, even if just to support Rachel and her teams’ work.
fk usernames via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/24/23
I had to come on and give a five star review after listening to the Ending Coercive Control episode. Everyone needs to listen to it and be educated about how to recognize coercive control in all it’s variations. It is such a sneaky, dangerous, abusive relationship pattern that most people know...Read full review »
CINJS via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/23/23
Terrific interviews and helpful information and advice. I never miss an episode.
Lilysea via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/23
I’m a practicing psychotherapist and am so grateful for the education, wisdom, empathy, and advocacy Rachel brings to this excellent, and timely, project. Greater understanding of coercive control and cult dynamics is growing, but we have a long way to go in clinical practice as well as our...Read full review »
tituba1984 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/23
This podcast is so incredibly important. Understand how people and systems can influence how you think in ways that are HARMFUL to you. Once you really understand how these methods start subtly and build, you see even the smallest ways in so many places. Especially the small subtle in marketing,...Read full review »
Blahblahcrashblahblah via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/23
I have enjoyed your podcast but I have to say that I have been disappointed in how you tend to paint in a broad brush, especially in the March 15 episode. You used the term “ narcissistic mother “ several times. I often hear that label from individuals, more often than not from 25-40 year olds...Read full review »
Timbo’s mom via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/23
I’m an IFS therapist and I work with folks exiting cultic groups. I listen to many of the cult podcasts and I appreciate Rachel in particular because she respectfully encourages people to share their story, while simultaneously and seamlessly educating the listener on the tactics of coercion....Read full review »
dfthvm via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/08/23
Really great podcast overall. I love the topics and the hosts skill at navigating complex and sensitive subjects. I feel some irritation with the EG ep about the troubled teen industry. To be clear- it’s super problematic and does require more regulation. I worked for a program for 3 years, 15...Read full review »
Gleeben via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/23
I have greatly appreciated Rachel’s valuable show. I have a family member who was involved in a cult. Indoctrination helped me understand how my family member’s behavior impacted - and continues to impact - the rest of our family. Rachel’s guests explain how they got involved in cults and how...Read full review »
PaulieCan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/23
Diving deep into the cultiverse over the last two years, I recently discovered Rachel’s podcast Indoctrination. Because Rachel, the host, is a professional therapist specializing in high control groups, she’s sensitive, supportive, respectful. Lessons for everyone here — whether you are a cult...Read full review »
C Gillies via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/23/23
This podcast has helped me get my brain back. Mine is a family story but no less powerful to have taken over my thinking. These control mechanisms are in place all around us. Thanks to Rachel and her guests for the help many of us desperately need.
JB7567 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/23
The content is so intriguing and it really helps me understand human nature and how to avoid high control groups!
Leanne Gump via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/23
Thank you. I learn something new about cults or hear an amazing insightful way of looking at something in a new way each time I listen.
S. Irving via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/21/23
Love this podcast and all its fascinating guests!
Josey14326785 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/23
Dr. Bernstein is loving kindness personified. Love the attention she brings to the phenomenon of cults and coercively controlling relationships. Excellent guests and resources accompany each session.
CMJRN via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/11/23
Great content, balanced with professional insight. Keep up the great work. Aussie listener
MiSaffy via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/01/23
I love to learn from this podcast about all sorts of control groups and what they all have in common. Hearing directly from individuals who have survived them in a positive and proactive voice is so healing and fascinating. It’s wonderful to find stories like these given with a instructive and...Read full review »
Nattly99 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/01/23
Wonderful content! Look into Nerium (now Neora) if you want another MLM Cult!
Brutallyblondewife via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/27/22
I listen to a variety of podcasts. Some are hosted by people who are so enthusiastic about their topics that they talk over each other and sometimes themselves. I find myself returning to Indoctrination because of the calm, reasoned approach of the host and the variety of guests. Bravo!
40205 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/21/22
Everything about this podcast is outstanding. The host is intelligent and insightful. The topics and content are always interesting.
LaurentiaA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/20/22
My favorite aunt, my cousins, and my cousins kids are American Sikhs. I grew up with this cult as a very positive force. I believe that my aunt joining the Sikh’s in 1969, is why she is still alive. Her children and grandchildren grew up in Amritsar. She got the best of the Siri Singh Saab. But I...Read full review »
SarahJustInTimeB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/20/22
I really enjoy this podcast, thank you!
Keriannb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/15/22
Rachel’s approach to her guests and their experiences is incredibly kind and clearly informed by decades of professional experience. I appreciate how she gives her guests space to tell their stories on their own terms. It’s like listening to aspects of a therapy session, but without hearing...Read full review »
K_L_U via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/15/22
I really appreciate Rachel’s compassion and deep listening and reflection, and her guests’ courage, clarity and generosity in sharing their knowledge and their experience. Deeply thoughtful, sensitive approach to this difficult and serious topic.
None Nought 01 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/15/22
Excellent show - engrossing stories listened to with compassion and understanding - always a follow up to better comprehend the systems of control in the story and how to avoid falling into the traps of the controllers. Thank you Rachel fir your work.
KeekerK12 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/15/22
You are courageous truth-tellers. This is often a lonely journey. You are not alone. Thank you!
Adorable human via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/14/22
Rachel is so full of information. And I love that there are soooooo many eps!
clb0313 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/06/22
Re: Deer Tribe episode: “Not everyone has a right to hear your story” as Brene Brown says. We should not silence survivors, but if one is licensed therapist, as host is, discernment is expected. Guest sounded dissociated & emotionally numb as she recounted her story in graphic detail. When a...Read full review »
m.i.n.i.m.a.l.i.s.t. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/27/22
I would love to have the episodes listed followed by guest name (part 1/2) Going back to listen and I get confused when listening to a part 2 when I didn’t realize there was a part one. The long titles often hide the guest and if they are back for another episode. I’m enjoying the content!
fan of mediocre assistants via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/10/22
The information and interviews with experts are terrific. But the episodes are far too long. I would listen to more if they were half the size. Thanks.
LAT4017 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/04/22
Not only interesting topics and guests, but the host asks insightful questions and great summaries. Important topics for these weird times we live in now.
Bubba_Larry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/03/22
Thank you, Rachel! These concepts are very topical and relevant to todays social landscape.
CaptnTacocat via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/13/22
Super well done. I think it would be a really good idea to do more crossover shows with true crime podcasts—I listen to a lot of them and one thing I hear over and over again is at the root of some unbelievable and unexpected crime, is a coercive person pulling everyone else’s strings. I think...Read full review »
P.TwoBears via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/22
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