Steven Hassan, PhD
America's Leading Cult Expert
What I Can Do
I have helped thousands of individuals and families recover from undue influence (mind control).
With over 40 years of experience, I am sought after as one of the foremost authorities on undue influence and controlling groups and individuals.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Consultant
I provide consulting services including intervention, recovery and litigation consulting.
I created the Strategic Interactive Approach which is team-based intervention method for families helping a loved one leave controlling people, cult groups, and beliefs.
I developed the Freedom of Mind Approach to Recovery & Healing to help people to recover after they leave an undue influence situation.
I provide Litigation Consulting for lawyers with court cases involving undue influence.
Speaker, Trainer, Course & Program Developer
I provide education and training services including including webinars, on-line courses, workshops, plenary talks, and professional training. My audiences include higher education, professional, law enforcement, governmental, non-governmental and advocacy group audiences. My foundational online course helps people to understand the problem of undue influence.
I conduct research to improve how undue influence is understood and program development to improve access to services that address the problem of undue influence. I created the BITE Model of Authoritarian Control and Influence Continuum Model to help people identify undue influence tactics and assess where an influencer falls on a continuum from not harmful to extremely harmful. These models are used around the world.
Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Media Guest
I have written 4 different books about undue influence, freedom of mind, and strategies for protection, rescue and recovery from undue influence. I also contribute chapters to academic texts, author academic journal articles, write op-eds for media, and have two blogs and a podcast. I am a translated author with books in 10 languages. I am a frequently requested media guest.
A Few of My Skills
Areas of Expertise
My Books & Courses
I develop unique books, courses, curricula and other educational content to meet the needs of a wide variety of audiences.
Lets Work Together
Let’s combat undue influence together. I’m always happy and excited to consider new consultation requests and projects.
Freedom of Mind Blog
- Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully with Tristan Snell
- Top Eleven Insights Cult Survivors Wish Therapists Knew, or, “I was tired of paying my therapist to teach her about cults” – Copy
- 2024 Theocratic Politics & The New Apostolic Reformation with André Gagné and Frederick Clarkson
- Top Eleven Insights Cult Survivors Wish Therapists Knew, or, “I was tired of paying my therapist to teach her about cults”
- Psychedelic Research and Experimentation: Maintaining Strong Guardrails to Prevent TESCREAL Hallucinations and Undue Influence with Neşe Devenot, Ph.D.
- AI, Technology & Mind Control Topics in Natural Wellness and Spiritual Communities: with Dr. Melanie Trowbridge
- Special Discussion – Historic Decision in Spanish Courts Concerning Jehovah’s Witness Survivors
- Revitalizing Non-partisan Civics Education with iCivics.org Chief Louise Dubé
- When Religion Hurts You: Healing from Religious Trauma and the Impact of High Control Religion with Dr. Laura E. Anderson
- Breaking the Silence: Alva Johnson’s Journey as a Director in the 2016 Trump Campaign
- Utilizing Integrative Psychology and Psychedelic Therapy with Australian Psychologist Nigel Denning
- The Convergence of Cult Experience and Military Indoctrination with Former Army Captain Daniella Mestyanek Young
- Unveiling the La Luz del Mundo Cult: Sochil Martin’s Story of Resilience, Whistleblowing and Activism
- STRONGMEN: Mussolini to the Present- The Rising Tide of Online Authoritarian Influence with Ruth Ben-Ghiat
- The Transformative Power of Wonder with Monica C. Parker