Category: Wellspring Retreat

Counselor fights for freedom of cult victims ‘one mind at a time’

For almost two decades, a small clinic in rural Albany has been quietly helping people from all over the world break their dependence on brainwashing cults. While the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center goes about its business with little local fanfare, its work has earned attention from major media, including “CBS 48 Hours,” “NBC Nightly News,” “The Montel Williams Show” and the Chicago Tribune. Its founder, Dr. Paul Martin, has provided expert testimony on cult involvement in numerous trials, including that of Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted of two counts of capital murder last December for his involvement in

Counselor helps cult survivors

Greeley Tribune (Colorado), July 6, 2003 Story by Anne Cumming Tiffany Hawkins didn’t know what to do when she and a college friend started drifting apart. Her friend attended all-day self-help seminars that claimed to teach people how to improve their lives. But Hawkins knew something was strange about the groups. “Every time we got together, she would invite me to the meetings,” said Hawkins, an Eaton native and University of Northern Colorado graduate. “I never went.” Hawkins believes her friend was involved in a self-help cult. After she graduated with a master’s degree in counseling from Denver Seminary

Chinese team dealing with Falun Gong visits cult rehab center

The Columbus Dispatch/AP, Oct. 24, 2002 ALBANY, Ohio – A team of Chinese professionals traveled to a residential treatment center in southeast Ohio to learn treatment techniques for dealing with Falun Gong, a controversial spiritual movement. Five members from the Bejing-based Chinese Anti-Cult Association visited the Wellspring Retreat & Resource Center this week. The center, 80 miles southeast of Columbus, is promoted as the only accredited residential-treatment center in the country for former cult members. “We are very eager to learn from their experience in the transition of cult members. We feel that cults are a global problem,” said