Gillie Jenkinson

Gillie Jenkinson, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Gillie Jenkinson, PhD, specializes in working with people who have suffered because of undue influence in cults, coercive relationships and groups, and people who have been abused. Gillie was a member of a Bible-based cult, The Love of God Community, in the UK in the 1970s. She served two internships at Wellspring Retreat Centre, Ohio, and has many years’ experience working with survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and cults, as well as with clients with other issues. Gillie has developed an approach to counselling former members – ‘Time Away for Post-Cult Counselling’ – which entails the client staying in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District in England, in a B&B or holiday cottage, and attending counselling for up to 4 hours a day over several days. Clients have attended post-cult counselling from both UK and abroad. She has described this approach in more detail in a chapter of a new book: ‘Cult Recovery: A Clinicians Guide to Working with Former Members and Families’ (2017).

Gillie is a UK based counsellor and psychotherapist and is experienced in delivering face-to-face, telephone, and Skype counselling. She is accredited and registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Reg MBACP). Gillie is an international public speaker, and delivers training on recovery issues. She is a clinical supervisor offering support and consultancy to other counselors. Gillie regularly presents at conferences and has published several articles.

Gillie conducted doctoral research at the University of Nottingham, England. She interviewed 29 former cult members and asked them: ‘What helps former cult members recover from an abusive cult experience and what is life like post cult?’ Her resulting PhD dissertation is entitled: ‘Freeing the Authentic Self: Phases of Recovery and Growth from an Abusive Cult Experience’.