Pat and Heidi of Becoming Free
Patrick J. Knapp, MA, Philosophy of Religion, Denver Seminary. Pat’s initial interest in cult recovery stems from his own involvement in a harmful bible-based group (1970-1984). His recovery resulted from individual and marriage counseling, in addition to several years of work in and facilitating support groups for ex-members and their loved ones. His M.A. thesis was titled: “The Place of Mind-Control in the Cult Recovery Process.” Over the past 25+ years he has formally mentoring Denver Seminary students for spiritual formation. Pat is the founder of and co-directs Becoming Free (www.BecomingFree.org). This organization is committed to facilitating compassionate, safe support/recovery groups for those who have suffered previous involvement in abusive/harmful religious or spiritual environments. He and his spouse (Heidi) co-facilitate these 12-week support groups. He has done doctoral studies in Marriage and Family Counseling (Professional Track), at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He has also recently completed multiple counseling internships at addictions treatment centers and at a local counseling center. Currently he is pursuing ABD in a PhD (Pastoral Psychology) at Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) and is involved in several writing projects examining spiritual abuse and recovery.
Both Pat and Heidi can be reached at:
Cell phone: 720-227-8695
Heidi I. Knapp is a Certified Life-Coach in stress management, recovery coaching and hope coaching through life crisis situations. Heidi is currently pursuing a Colorado Addictions Counseling license (CAC ll). Her topics of study have included; Spiritual Abuse, Codependency, Healthy Boundaries for personal relationships, Stress Management and Skills for coping through crisis. She co-directs Becoming Free alongside her husband Pat with whom she co-facilitates support and recovery groups for those who have experienced spiritual abuse. Heidi contributes to the educational process of writing curriculum for these support and recovery groups. She has had personal experience with three different aberrant Christian groups. Heidi has spent 20 years of education on recovery issues. She is a member of the International Cultic Studies Association (www.icsahome.com), The American Association of Christian Counselors (www.AACC.net), and The International Christian Coaching Association (www.ICCAOnline.net). Additionally, she has previously coordinated and lead support groups for
Phone: (720) 227-8695
Heidi and Pat Knapp currently reside in Littleton, Colorado.