Personal development

When personal development goes too far

Intensive and experiential, The flow has heard from past participants that the organization’s workshops have changed their lives for the better. However, some participants said The flow they had concerns about the program and its controversial treatments.

Since the 1970s, the personal growth movement has grown into a massive global industry worth over $50 billion a year. From self-help celebrities like Tony Robbins booking stadiums, to life coaches on Instagram; there are minds to mend and money to be made.

At the more expensive end of the self-improvement spectrum are the mysterious getaways and retreats that are gaining prominence in our popular culture. From the “healing” portrayed in Nine Perfect Strangers to the industry critiques in White Lotus, the idea of ​​“the best self-improvement money can buy” filters through our screens.

So how does personal development play out in real life?

In our survey, The flow spoke with an organization that runs a series of workshops. They said The flow they use more than 40 modalities; many of which are not taught in traditional clinical training areas and most of which are not available in traditional clinical settings. According to the organization, their practices can help those who haven’t found the solution to more conventional counseling or therapy.

When asked about the qualifications of the organization’s staff or team for their involvement in these activities, they replied that many of those who help facilitate these workshops are life coaches.

Unlike psychology,

. While practicing psychologists are held accountable by a , there is no equivalent in the personal development industry. There is also no independent body or organization where consumers can file complaints against organizations or individuals in the life coaching space.

As one person said The flow: “no one is watching”.

Tonight, at 9.30pm earlier, The Feed lifts the curtain on one of Australia’s most secretive personal development organizations and the charismatic leader who runs it.