Support and resources for former followers of Teal and other gurus

Although this website focuses on Teal Swan, I hope this blog might be useful for anyone who once followed a guru or leader or organisation that they now believe was harmful, and needs support to process and recover from that experience.

Please remember that you are not alone: there are and have been many people who have had difficult, unfortunate, or even harmful or abusive experiences with problematic leaders and groups. It is, sadly, an old story.

Teal is completely (and dangerously) untrained and unskilled in therapy, and many of her followers have been attracted to her at challenging times in their own lives – for example facing trauma or PTSD, self harm or suicidal ideation. Because of that, it’s unfortunately very common to hear from former followers that they believe following Teal’s approach made them worse, triggering or exacerbating their mental health challenge or their deep anguish.

If something like that is true for you, or if you’re feeling put off by all psychological help and support, please know that there are a great many caring, skilled helpers who are well trained and can support you.

Contrary to what people like Teal say, having a professional training, and lengthy clinical experience and a solid background does matter. Psychotherapists go through lengthy, several-years-long trainings that include hundreds of hours of supervised practice sessions, and their own extensive receiving of therapy, and at least a grounding (if not a speciality) in safely working with mental health crises and challenging circumstances like living with PTSD. It’s a safe way to approach the healing of old wounds, to receive support for difficult or complex diagnoses, or simply to grow and reflect.

My own life has been transformed through the therapy I’ve had.

You don’t need to be in acute distress or living with severe turmoil to benefit from therapy or professional support, either. Therapy may not be for everyone, but it certainly is helpful for many people, especially for spiritual seekers who may have an intuitive understanding about their own emotional and psychological patterns. Therapy is an excellent place and way to have help to grow and heal.

To that end, here is a growing list of resources, websites and organisations that may be able to help you. If you have any resources to contribute, please let us know via the contact page.

Resources for those experiencing suicidal ideation, and/or self harming

For the USA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Hotlines
http://suicidehotlines.com/national.html

General Suicide Prevention Information
http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/USA

For the UK

Samaritans
116 123

Papyrus, for people under 25
0800 068 41 41

Childline for young people under the age of 19
0800 1111

Mind
0300 123 3393

Out of hours medical help
111

For emergency medical help
999

For Europe

International Suicide Prevention
http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/Europe

Online Resources
http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/Online

Resources for those who are seeking professional mental health therapy

For the USA, you can find therapists at
https://locator.apa.org

For the UK, you can find therapists at
https://www.bacp.co.uk/search/Therapists

And worldwide, practitioners of Somatic Experiencing (created by Peter Levine, a highly regarded trauma expert), are recommended for recovering from PTSD and trauma: http://sepractitioner.membergrove.com

Online Support Groups: As far as we are aware, there are no online forums for former followers of Teal, that are administrated by trained counselors, psychotherapists and psychologists. Professionals are required so that the environment stays focused, healthy, and confidential. This mention is just a precaution.

Sample recommendations for books about trauma, PTSD, healing, and mental health

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – Peter Levine
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel Van der Kolk
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: close encounters with addiction – Gabor Maté
  • Spiritual Bypassing – Robert Augustus Masters

 

I hope this helps! If there are any resources that you think should be on this page, feel free to message us.

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Justin Luria

Star Trek fan, chocolate addict, spiritual seeker