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Rachel Bernstein is an Educator and a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist. She has a private practice in Encino, CA.
While continually meeting with clients who present a variety of concerns and issues, Rachel has simultaneously been working for the past 24 years with people affected by cults.
Rachel Bernstein has been the Coordinator and Psychotherapist at the Cult Clinic of Los Angeles (now closed), and the Therapist and Community Education Coordinator at the Cult Hotline and Clinic of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York.
She has trained former cult-members, and families who have lost a loved one to a cult, to go out and speak about their experiences. She has run support groups for former cult-members and groups for the loved ones of current cult-members.
Rachel is on the Clinical Board of the International Cultic Studies Association, is an Editorial Advisor for the Cultic Studies Journal, and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Rachel has spoken at many cult-related and human rights conferences, and has been interviewed in newspapers, magazines, on local radio, as well as BBC News and Japanese radio. Rachel has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Dateline NBC, Fox News, and CBC News in Canada. She most recently appeared on the National Geographic Channel and on Larry King Live.
Rachel Bernstein, MSEd, LMFT
In April of 2008, Rachel was asked by the Family Protective Services of Austin TX to help with the children who had been taken from the Yearning for Zion polygamous compound. She offered techniques to help the case workers more successfully engage with these children, and help them learn they don’t have to be afraid of the world outside the compound.