“Here’s someone who puts his life on the line dealing with nasty cults, many of which are armed. Steve is the go-to guy for getting people out of mind control groups. He’s smart, seasoned, very capable, and a true friend who lives by high principles.” - Chris Kilham

Steve Hassan
Mental Health Counselor
Company (Other): 
Freedom of Mind Resource Center
Nationally Certified Mental Health Counselor, Cult Educator and Expert Media Spokesman
Mind Control, Cults, Author, Trance State, Phobias


Steve Hassan, M.Ed, LMHC, NCC, has been involved in educating the public about mind control and destructive cults since 1976. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and he holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College. Steven has also authored two books: "Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults", and "Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves".

Deceptively recruited into the Moon organization at the age of nineteen while a student at Queens College, Steven ultimately rose to the rank of Assistant Director of the Unification Church at National Headquarters, personally meeting with Sun Myung Moon during numerous leadership meetings. Following a serious automobile accident, and at his parents request, several former members deprogrammed him.

During the 1977-78 Congressional Subcommittee Investigation into South Korean CIA activities in the United States, he consulted as an expert on the Moon organization and provided information and internal documents regarding Moon's desire to influence politics. Subsequently, Steven founded the Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc., a counseling and publishing organization. In his commitment to fight against destructive cults, Steven has addressed hundreds of campus, religious and professional organizations throughout the world. Steve's work has been praised by experts, mental health professionals, religious leaders, former cult members, family and friends of cult members, psychologists, law officials, and educators. Steven has literally helped thousands of persons victimized by destructive cult-related mind control, and as a cult expert, Steven has appeared on innumerable television and radio shows.