Kelly Thiel

Kelly Thiel is a highly sought after speaker and consultant to families and organizations regarding high demand groups (e.g., cults) and narcissistic personalities. She is dedicated to helping people reclaim their freedom and uncover their glorious selves.

Her lifelong journey and personal experience as a seeker of human potential and spirituality taught her to identify the many methods used by high-demand groups, cults of personality, and narcissists to attract, indoctrinate, and control their followers and people in their circle of influence. She understands how to identify the red flags, suggest a course of action, and recommend professional resources for interventions to help affected families and organizations.

“I am beyond proud to have participated in the telling of this crucial and important story with such a wise and brave group of women.  My hope is that more people will become aware of these dangerous and manipulative types of organizations.”

Kelly has experience as a member of the Executive Success Program/NXIVM, a high-demand group whose leader was convicted of federal crimes, including sex trafficking. NXIVM has been the subject of multiple documentaries on HBO, A&E, and STARZ. 

Her involvement with NXIVM led her to study other high demand groups and cults of personality like Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh (Osho) and Bikram Choudhury.             

Kelly has had the pleasure of speaking to groups, classes and organizations, including YPO (Young President’s Organization) and the ASU Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law.  

During her journey of personal exploration, she has had a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spent time in Tibet, and worked with spiritual healers on multiple continents. 

Kelly has a BA from the University of San Diego, is a graduate of the Homeopathic Academy of Southern California, and is a certified Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. She lives in Southern California.

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