Doug Duncan, MS, LPC, is a professional counselor licensed in the state of Texas and practicing in the Dallas area. Doug specializes in helping people recover from religious or spiritual abuse, cult involvement, depression, phobias, trauma, relationship conflicts. As a recovering former member of an aberrational group, Doug is sensitive to the particular concerns of people struggling to overcome the legacy of cultic and spiritual abuse. Individuals suffering from experiences in unhealthy abuse groups need a therapist who has expertise in cultic and spiritual abuse.
Most former members of abusive groups come to therapy for depression and relational issues. Finding a therapist who understands the trauma experienced in a cult or spiritually abuse group is difficult because most behavioral health care providers receive no specific training in treating former cult members. A research study conducted by Lottick, 2005 McCabe, 2007, and Singer, 2003, discovered that at least one-third of all counselors reported having worked with a survivor sometime during their counseling career and reported feeling ill-prepared to provide adequate counseling.
Doug has personally experienced cultic and spiritual abuse and after leaving his abusive group he worked on his own recovery and enrolled in a master’s program in counseling and earned a degree and license to practice therapy. Doug is uniquely qualified to help survivors understand the dynamics of destructive groups and how it has affected them. Education is an important component of treatment that helps individuals understand what happened to them and why.