Professional Services & Support

On this page you can find a list of contacts for professional services and other support services that are familiar with or directly working with people from The Sri Nityananda Ashram in Mount Eliza.

Reporting Abuse & Legal Action

Police from Frankston Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) are seeking information relating to activities at the Mt Eliza Ashram.

Please contact the investigating police members listed below. Your right to privacy will be respected. You will receive advice and options.

Detective Senior Constable Steve GIULIANI, or Detective Sergeant Sarah CARLIN-SMITH at Frankston SOCIT on 8770 1000.

Alternatively contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at and quote Investigation PADEN.


Angela Sdrinis (lawyer handling class action)


 Psychology & Counselling Resources

The following documents have been provided by Nigel Denning at Integrative Psychology in Melbourne. Nigel has previously been associated with The Sri Nityananda Ashram and is familiar with the organisation. Integrative Psychology offers one on one counselling as well as special support groups specifically for people leaving Shiva Yoga. You can read Nigel’s interview with The Age here.


The charismatic leader fact sheet

Exit counselling for former members of cults and other abusive groups for clients

What is a cult

What’s the difference between a cult and another organisation

Recovery from Church, Institutional and Cult Abuse



CASA offer free 24 hour telephone counseling, as well as a series of free one-on-one counseling sessions where appropriate. They will readily provide support to the women directly involved, their partners or ex-partners as well as to members of the community that have been indirectly affected. They are currently working with a number of people from Shiva Yoga and are familiar with the case.

Grow Australia is a not-for-profit support group that was recommended by an ex-member of the Sri Nityananda Ashram.

Discussion Group

Leaving Shiva Yoga with Love (closed Facebook group)
Only for those who have left Shiva Yoga