11 episodes

The SEEK Safely podcast is the official voice of the nonprofit organization SEEK Safely Inc, which advocates for ethics and accountability in the self-help industry, and empowers seekers to have safe and effective self-improvement journeys. Jean Brown and Dr. Glenn Patrick Doyle peel back the layers of the largely unregulated, multi-billion dollar self-help industry, discussing the patterns of exploitation and deception that pervade the industry and allow self-help gurus to thrive at the expense of their customers and followers. Along the way we’ll have discussions with people who care as much as we do about the self-help industry being held accountable for the promises it makes–and we lay out our vision of a world in which seekers are respected and protected.

Seek Safely Jean Brown & Dr. Glenn Patrick Doyle

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The SEEK Safely podcast is the official voice of the nonprofit organization SEEK Safely Inc, which advocates for ethics and accountability in the self-help industry, and empowers seekers to have safe and effective self-improvement journeys. Jean Brown and Dr. Glenn Patrick Doyle peel back the layers of the largely unregulated, multi-billion dollar self-help industry, discussing the patterns of exploitation and deception that pervade the industry and allow self-help gurus to thrive at the expense of their customers and followers. Along the way we’ll have discussions with people who care as much as we do about the self-help industry being held accountable for the promises it makes–and we lay out our vision of a world in which seekers are respected and protected.

    Seeking through Struggle and Finding Authentic Empowerment with August McLaughlin

    Seeking through Struggle and Finding Authentic Empowerment with August McLaughlin

    August McLaughlin is a nationally recognized health and sexuality journalist and host and producer of the podcast, Girl Boner Radio, which offers a spicy blend of personal stories, in-depth reporting and inspiration.
    Dr. Glenn and Jean chat with August about mental health, seeking, and finding real, lasting empowerment. 
    August shares her personal story of grappling with undiagnosed ADHD, an eating disorder, and the general challenges of adolescence and young adulthood that put her on the seeking path familiar to so many of us. August shares how she found a more authentic type of empowerment on her own terms, and how she has integrated SEEK Safely’s message into her own work. 
    Learn more about August:
    On her website
     “Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment” by August McLaughlin”
    “With Pleasure: Managing Trauma Triggers for More Vibrant Sex and Relationships” by August McLaughlin and Jamila Dawson, LMFT
    Girl Boner Radio Podcast
    On Instagram
     
    Also mentioned:
    Herbalife 
    The Salty Droid
    Jean on Girl Boner Radio
     
    Learn more about SEEK Safely on their website
    Follow SEEK on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Follow Dr. Glenn on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Read the memoir “This Sweet Life: how we lived after Kirby died” by Jean and her mom, Ginny Brown
     
    Donate to support SEEK’s mission
    To Contact SEEK email info@seeksafely.org

    • 55 min
    Surviving Cultic Abuse with Jennifer French (Part 2)

    Surviving Cultic Abuse with Jennifer French (Part 2)

    Jennifer French is a counselor with a Master’s in Psychology of coercive control who focuses on helping victims of cultic abuse. She got into the field after her own experience with a cult group. She is also the creator and host of the Project Hope podcast.
    In this second episode of two, Jean and Jennifer discuss this new era of cults, and Dr. Doyle pops in to share his thoughts!
    They chat about: 
    The implications of social media for cult activityLegislation as the next phase of the fight against abusive self-help and cult abuseAdvice for seekers to stay safe when seeking self-improvementBrowse Jennifer’s Website
    Listen to the Project Hope Podcast
    Also Mentioned: 
    Red Flag Education
    SEEK’s Self-help Consumer Protection bill in NY State


    Learn more about SEEK Safely on their website
    Follow SEEK on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Follow Dr. Glenn on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Read the memoir “This Sweet Life: how we lived after Kirby died” by Jean and her mom, Ginny Brown
     
    Donate to support SEEK’s mission
    To Contact SEEK email info@seeksafely.org

    • 51 min
    Surviving Cultic Abuse with Jennifer French (Part 1)

    Surviving Cultic Abuse with Jennifer French (Part 1)

    Jennifer French is a psychologist who focuses on helping victims of cultic abuse. She got into the field after her own experience with a cult group. She is also the creator and host of the Project Hope podcast.
    In this first episode of two, Jean and Jennifer discuss Jennifer’s experience and how it led her to undertake a Masters degree in Psychology of coercive control. 
    They chat about: 
    how and why people get into abusive groups"cult hopping”why Jennifer signed the SEEK Safely Promise and how she implements it in her workhow seekers can reclaim their own self-improvement experience, rather than giving the power over to a teacher, group, or programWatch for Episode 2, where Jennifer and Jean discuss what’s happening in the new era of cults, with high control groups, wellness in social media, etc.
    Browse Jennifer’s Website
    Listen to the Project Hope Podcast
    Learn about the SEEK Safely Promise
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    Also Mentioned: 
    Gillie Jenkinson, psychologist 
    Red Flag Education
    Alleged Abuses of Yogi Bhajan
    “Enlighten Us” CNN documentary
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    Learn more about SEEK Safely on their website
    Follow SEEK on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Follow Dr. Glenn on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Read the memoir “This Sweet Life: how we lived after Kirby died” by Jean and her mom, Ginny Brown 
    Donate to support SEEK’s mission
    To Contact SEEK email info@seeksafely.org

    • 47 min
    Jean and Dr. Glenn Dissect Episodes 1 & 2 of The Vow, Season 2

    Jean and Dr. Glenn Dissect Episodes 1 & 2 of The Vow, Season 2

    Dr. Glenn and Jean share their thoughts about the first two episodes from Season Two of “The Vow," HBO’s docu-series detailing the public downfall of the cult NXIVM. The NXIVM story has been a big part of our collective education about cults. But on its surface, NXIVM was just another self-help organization offering leadership development courses to thousands of people throughout North America.
    SEEK has followed and shared the NXIVM story for many reasons: 
    as another example of the type of “worst-case scenarios” that can happen to self-help consumersunderstanding how coercive control plays out in abusive self-improvement organizationsobserving how the legal system handles these types of crimes perpetrated by “self-improvement” organizations and leadersSeason Two of “The Vow” continues on HBO.

    Also Mentioned in this Episode: 
    The Program by Toni NatalieAbout NLP from WikipediaDon’t Call it a Cult by Sarah BermanA Little Bit Culty podcast by Sarah Edmondson and Nippy Ames, NXIVM whistleblowersSEEK’s Self-Help Consumer Protection Bill in NY StateEscaping NXIVM Podcast by CBCSeduced on Starz
     Links:
    Learn more about SEEK Safely on their websiteFollow SEEK on Instagram, Twitter, and FacebookFollow Dr. Glenn on Instagram, Twitter, and FacebookRead the memoir “This Sweet Life: how we lived after Kirby died” by Jean and her mom, Ginny BrownDonate to support SEEK’s missionTo Contact SEEK email info@seeksafely.org

    • 55 min
    Part 2: Pushing Back against Unethical Coaching, Wellness, & Self-help with Eva Collins

    Part 2: Pushing Back against Unethical Coaching, Wellness, & Self-help with Eva Collins

    Dr. Glenn and Jean chat with Eva Collins about her experience in the self-help/online coaching/wellness world, why she left her coaching business, and what it has been like pushing back against unethical practices and teachers in these industries. 
    About Eva Collins:
    Eva is the creator of the Instagram account and podcast called "why don't you say something.”
    After 20 years in the spiritual, self help, and yoga world and 8 years working as an online coach, she started to see so many issues in the industry and made an account speaking up about it.
    She realized some of the things she was learning and teaching around spirituality and online business, were harmful and unethical and weren't a match for her or her values anymore. She quit her coaching business a year and a half ago and now works at a community health care center, and creates content bringing awareness to the harms of the industry.
    She has trainings in Reiki, mediumship, NLP coaching, is a certified Holistic Health Coach, and 750 HR register yoga teacher, certified angel therapy practitioner, has years of training and mentorship in online marketing and is a certified Trauma of Money facilitator.
    Follow Eva on Instagram: @whydontyousaysomething
    Listen to her podcast
    SEEK Safely Roundtable conversation about Coaching
    Learn more about SEEK Safely on their website
    Follow SEEK on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Follow Dr. Glenn on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Read the memoir “This Sweet Life: how we lived after Kirby died” by Jean and her mom, Ginny Brown
    Donate to support SEEK’s mission
    To Contact SEEK email info@seeksafely.org

    • 54 min
    Part 1: Pushing Back against Unethical Coaching, Wellness, & Self-help with Eva Collins

    Part 1: Pushing Back against Unethical Coaching, Wellness, & Self-help with Eva Collins

    Dr. Glenn and Jean chat with Eva Collins about her experience in the self-help/online coaching/wellness world, why she left her coaching business, and what it has been like pushing back against unethical practices and teachers in these industries. 
    About Eva Collins:
    Eva is the creator of the Instagram account and podcast called "why don't you say something.”
    After 20 years in the spiritual, self help, and yoga world and 8 years working as an online coach, she started to see so many issues in the industry and made an account speaking up about it.
    She realized some of the things she was learning and teaching around spirituality and online business, were harmful and unethical and weren't a match for her or her values anymore. She quit her coaching business a year and a half ago and now works at a community health care center, and creates content bringing awareness to the harms of the industry.
    She has trainings in Reiki, mediumship, NLP coaching, is a certified Holistic Health Coach, and 750 HR register yoga teacher, certified angel therapy practitioner, has years of training and mentorship in online marketing and is a certified Trauma of Money facilitator.

    Follow Eva on Instagram: @whydontyousaysomething
    Listen to her podcast

    Learn more about SEEK Safely on their website
    Follow SEEK on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Follow Dr. Glenn on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    Read the memoir “This Sweet Life: how we lived after Kirby died” by Jean and her mom, Ginny Brown

    Donate to support SEEK’s mission
    To Contact SEEK email info@seeksafely.org

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

WisdomAnne ,

Essential knowing!

I appreciate the work being done by SEEK Safetly so much!! As a consumer and Practioner of self development the insight and lessons available in these discussions is essential to the fulfillment of the promise of self help. We can never reap the benefits of any idea without also understanding the dark side. Thank you!!

August JoMc ,

Vital, and a pleasure to listen to!

Seek Safely is so important and could well save lives. I really appreciate the dynamic between Jean and Dr. Glenn and the unique and much-needed perspectives they bring.

People who aspire to become the best versions of themselves deserve to go about those efforts safely, and this podcast gives me hope.

Birdwell Family ,

Incredible!

Thankful for the perspective you bring. Your voice in this world is important.

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