67 episodes

The Project Hope Podcast is for families and friends with a loved one in a group of high demand / high control. Our aim is to provide hope through the stories of people who have both left such groups, as well as families, partners and friends who have struggled with the loss or distance of a loved one to such a group. We interview experts on psychological and social patterns that are found within these dynamics, as well as families and survivors.

New podcast episodes are released on Wednesdays.

Jennifer is the host and owner of Jennifer French. She has an advanced degree in coercive control and serves clients across the world. She is also a research associate at Salford University, England.

Please note, Jennifer is not a licensed psychotherapist and is not licensed by any California Regulatory Agency.

Jennifer has first hand experience having been in a cult for 11 years. This deeply affected her relationships outside of the organization and she now hopes to help those who are suffering with the issues and considerations that arise from being distanced from loved ones. To know more about Jennifer and her offerings, please visit jennifer-french.com. You can also find her on facebook and instagram!

Project Hope Podcast Jennifer French

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    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

The Project Hope Podcast is for families and friends with a loved one in a group of high demand / high control. Our aim is to provide hope through the stories of people who have both left such groups, as well as families, partners and friends who have struggled with the loss or distance of a loved one to such a group. We interview experts on psychological and social patterns that are found within these dynamics, as well as families and survivors.

New podcast episodes are released on Wednesdays.

Jennifer is the host and owner of Jennifer French. She has an advanced degree in coercive control and serves clients across the world. She is also a research associate at Salford University, England.

Please note, Jennifer is not a licensed psychotherapist and is not licensed by any California Regulatory Agency.

Jennifer has first hand experience having been in a cult for 11 years. This deeply affected her relationships outside of the organization and she now hopes to help those who are suffering with the issues and considerations that arise from being distanced from loved ones. To know more about Jennifer and her offerings, please visit jennifer-french.com. You can also find her on facebook and instagram!

    S2 Ep. 33: Dr. Lily Dunn (P2) on “Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unraveling"

    S2 Ep. 33: Dr. Lily Dunn (P2) on “Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unraveling"

    Dr Lily Dunn is an author, mentor, and academic. Her debut nonfiction, Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unravelling, a memoir about the legacy of her father’s addictions was The Spectator and The Guardian Best Nonfiction Book, 2022.

    Her forthcoming book: Into Being: The radical craft of memoir and its power to transform is due to be published by MUP in 2025. She is also author of a work of fiction, Shadowing the Sun (Portobello Books, 2007), and co-editor of A Wild and Precious Life (Unbound, 2021), an anthology of stories on recovery from mental illness and addiction. She teaches narrative nonfiction and memoir at Bath Spa University and co-runs London Lit Lab.

    You can find Lily at:
    Twitter: @LilyDunnWriter
    Instagram: @LilyDunnWriting
    Substack: https://lilydunn.substack.com/
    Website: https://lilydunn.co.uk/

    Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0d8WYUM6qo8LEO5mviIauB?si=cuDxfcBmQPeutbg153oeWg&nd=1

    If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: https://www.patreon.com/JaiaSuriMusic

    Jennifer specializes in working with survivors of coercive control. She is trained in a specialized approach that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Jennifer-French.com.

    Follow Jennifer on social media at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermonica.holcomb
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.french.jfh/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6Ufd0I7My6dumbTpQwn8A/playlists

    If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, projecthopepodcast@jennifer-french.com.

    • 43 min
    S2 Ep. 32: Dr. Lily Dunn (P1) on “Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unraveling”

    S2 Ep. 32: Dr. Lily Dunn (P1) on “Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unraveling”

    Dr Lily Dunn is an author, mentor, and academic. Her debut nonfiction, Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unravelling, a memoir about the legacy of her father’s addictions was The Spectator and The Guardian Best Nonfiction Book, 2022.

    Her forthcoming book: Into Being: The radical craft of memoir and its power to transform is due to be published by MUP in 2025. She is also author of a work of fiction, Shadowing the Sun (Portobello Books, 2007), and co-editor of A Wild and Precious Life (Unbound, 2021), an anthology of stories on recovery from mental illness and addiction. She teaches narrative nonfiction and memoir at Bath Spa University and co-runs London Lit Lab.

    You can find Lily at:
    Twitter: @LilyDunnWriter
    Instagram: @LilyDunnWriting
    Substack: https://lilydunn.substack.com/
    Website: https://lilydunn.co.uk/

    Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0d8WYUM6qo8LEO5mviIauB?si=cuDxfcBmQPeutbg153oeWg&nd=1

    If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: https://www.patreon.com/JaiaSuriMusic

    Jennifer specializes in working with survivors of coercive control. She is trained in a specialized approach that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Jennifer-French.com.

    Follow Jennifer on social media at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermonica.holcomb
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.french.jfh/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6Ufd0I7My6dumbTpQwn8A/playlists

    If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, projecthopepodcast@jennifer-french.com.

    • 58 min
    S2 Ep. 31: Ryan Hernandez (P3) on his Catholic sect as an End Times Cult & “The Truth That Heals Podcast”.

    S2 Ep. 31: Ryan Hernandez (P3) on his Catholic sect as an End Times Cult & “The Truth That Heals Podcast”.

    In 2004, Ryan Hernandez joined a Catholic religious community to live a life of prayer, education, and charity. He was just 17 at the time that he left his life in Los Angeles to follow "The Call" and to follow Christ. Many years later, he would refer to this Catholic sect as an End Times Cult.

    While in the group he had been a devoted follower and loyal member but there was also abuse and brainwashing taking place and it was this abuse and growing shame that became an unbearable burden for him to bear. After years of bullying, physical abuse, humiliation, psychological abuse, and even solitary confinement, Ryan decided to leave the community.

    Outside of the cult, Ryan found that his mind was still under their influence and negativity. After years of being brainwashed that life outside of the community would mean being cursed by God Ryan found himself in deep depression, loneliness, and shame. With the help of some true friends and a supportive family, Ryan was able to find the healing that he needed and to free himself from the cultic influences that had entrapped him.

    Ryan is now working to bring awareness to cult abuse and other important issues through his project called "The Truth That Heals Podcast". It is available on major podcast platforms.

    The Truth That Heals Podcast on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDspcPEdITAadgtJGBMvzZA
    Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0d8WYUM6qo8LEO5mviIauB?si=cuDxfcBmQPeutbg153oeWg&nd=1

    If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: https://www.patreon.com/JaiaSuriMusic

    Jennifer specializes in working with survivors of coercive control. She is trained in a specialized approach that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Jennifer-French.com.

    Follow Jennifer on social media at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermonica.holcomb
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.french.jfh/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6Ufd0I7My6dumbTpQwn8A/playlists

    If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, projecthopepodcast@jennifer-french.com.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S2 Ep. 30: Ryan Hernandez (P2) on his Catholic sect as an End Times Cult & “The Truth That Heals Podcast”.

    S2 Ep. 30: Ryan Hernandez (P2) on his Catholic sect as an End Times Cult & “The Truth That Heals Podcast”.

    In 2004, Ryan Hernandez joined a Catholic religious community to live a life of prayer, education, and charity. He was just 17 at the time that he left his life in Los Angeles to follow "The Call" and to follow Christ. Many years later, he would refer to this Catholic sect as an End Times Cult.

    While in the group he had been a devoted follower and loyal member but there was also abuse and brainwashing taking place and it was this abuse and growing shame that became an unbearable burden for him to bear. After years of bullying, physical abuse, humiliation, psychological abuse, and even solitary confinement, Ryan decided to leave the community.

    Outside of the cult, Ryan found that his mind was still under their influence and negativity. After years of being brainwashed that life outside of the community would mean being cursed by God Ryan found himself in deep depression, loneliness, and shame. With the help of some true friends and a supportive family, Ryan was able to find the healing that he needed and to free himself from the cultic influences that had entrapped him.

    Ryan is now working to bring awareness to cult abuse and other important issues through his project called "The Truth That Heals Podcast". It is available on major podcast platforms.

    The Truth That Heals Podcast on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDspcPEdITAadgtJGBMvzZA
    Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0d8WYUM6qo8LEO5mviIauB?si=cuDxfcBmQPeutbg153oeWg&nd=1

    If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: https://www.patreon.com/JaiaSuriMusic

    Jennifer specializes in working with survivors of coercive control. She is trained in a specialized approach that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Jennifer-French.com.

    Follow Jennifer on social media at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermonica.holcomb
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.french.jfh/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6Ufd0I7My6dumbTpQwn8A/playlists

    If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, projecthopepodcast@jennifer-french.com.

    • 1 hr
    S2 Ep. 29: Ryan Hernandez (P1) on his Catholic sect as an End Times Cult & “The Truth That Heals Podcast”.

    S2 Ep. 29: Ryan Hernandez (P1) on his Catholic sect as an End Times Cult & “The Truth That Heals Podcast”.

    In 2004, Ryan Hernandez joined a Catholic religious community to live a life of prayer, education, and charity. He was just 17 at the time that he left his life in Los Angeles to follow "The Call" and to follow Christ. Many years later, he would refer to this Catholic sect as an End Times Cult.

    While in the group he had been a devoted follower and loyal member but there was also abuse and brainwashing taking place and it was this abuse and growing shame that became an unbearable burden for him to bear. After years of bullying, physical abuse, humiliation, psychological abuse, and even solitary confinement, Ryan decided to leave the community.

    Outside of the cult, Ryan found that his mind was still under their influence and negativity. After years of being brainwashed that life outside of the community would mean being cursed by God Ryan found himself in deep depression, loneliness, and shame. With the help of some true friends and a supportive family, Ryan was able to find the healing that he needed and to free himself from the cultic influences that had entrapped him.

    Ryan is now working to bring awareness to cult abuse and other important issues through his project called "The Truth That Heals Podcast". It is available on major podcast platforms.

    The Truth That Heals Podcast on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDspcPEdITAadgtJGBMvzZA
    Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0d8WYUM6qo8LEO5mviIauB?si=cuDxfcBmQPeutbg153oeWg&nd=1

    If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: https://www.patreon.com/JaiaSuriMusic

    Jennifer specializes in working with survivors of coercive control. She is trained in a specialized approach that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Jennifer-French.com.

    Follow Jennifer on social media at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermonica.holcomb
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.french.jfh/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6Ufd0I7My6dumbTpQwn8A/playlists

    If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, projecthopepodcast@jennifer-french.com.

    • 57 min
    S2 Ep. 28: Jean Brown (P2) on her sister, Kirby Brown, James Arthur Ray, & SEEK Safely.

    S2 Ep. 28: Jean Brown (P2) on her sister, Kirby Brown, James Arthur Ray, & SEEK Safely.

    Jean Brown is a writer, podcaster, and mom to two young children. She has Bachelor's degrees in political science and writing from Loyola University Maryland, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in Montreal. She is active in creating content for SEEK Safely Inc.’s website, social media, brand outreach, and legislative efforts. Jean lived in Thailand and has traveled extensively, including treasured memories of traveling with her sister Kirby. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. She loves dogs, karaoke, cooking, and ordering in when she doesn't feel like cooking!

    Book link to This Sweet Life: https://www.amazon.com/This-Sweet-Life-lived-after/dp/0578708795/
    SEEK Safely Website: https://www.seeksafely.org
    SEEK Safely Podcast: https://seeksafely.podcastpage.io
    Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0d8WYUM6qo8LEO5mviIauB?si=cuDxfcBmQPeutbg153oeWg&nd=1

    If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: https://www.patreon.com/JaiaSuriMusic

    Jennifer specializes in working with survivors of coercive control. She is trained in a specialized approach that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Jennifer-French.com.

    Follow Jennifer on social media at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifermonica.holcomb
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer.french.jfh/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr6Ufd0I7My6dumbTpQwn8A/playlists

    If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, projecthopepodcast@jennifer-french.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Listen2Heart ,

Healing

This is essenital listening for any dear ones who have left or are thinking of leaving. We dont always know the inner workings of the group until we hear the painful testimony of our hurt sisters and brothers. The truth will heal the conflicts in your heart. Thank you Jennifer!

FanofFP ,

Beautiful

Thank you for the depth of these interviews and your generous heart.

Qweestie ,

Wow!!!

Such an incredible story! So brave! Thank you for sharing this Jennifer. Can’t wait to hear more!!

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