• Report: #303012

Complaint Review: PSI Seminars

  • Submitted: Thu, January 24, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, March 06, 2009

  • Reported By:A Small Town Colorado
PSI Seminars
psiseminars.com Denver, Colorado U.S.A.

PSI Seminars High Pressure Sales and Emotional Tactics - BEWARE! Denver Colorado

*Author of original report: UPDATE: PSI took my $1000 and ran... BEWARE!! False promises galore!

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My husband and I both attended the PSI Basic, which was actually worth the money although I have to agree with the other posters on this site: they did use some "cult" techniques (not saying this is a cult, but the techniques used are similar), such as: 1. Sleep Deprivation (making you stay up until past midnight and then you have to attend another class first thing the next morning); 2. "Emotional Stripping" techniques (making you remember or re-live past experiences to a point where many people in the room were literally sobbing); 3. "Re-building" (where they emotionally re-build you after tearing you down). I say the Basic was worth it because I was one of those people who actually took some of the tools that I learned in the course, such as the visualization, meditation, and positive thinking techniques, and applied these to my own life and saw some improvement. I would guess most attendees would simply leave this course and go back to their normal lives, and not get anything out of this.

My biggest gripe about PSI are the strong-arm tactics they use to sign you up for the advanced courses. My husband got very excited about PSI-7, which is the course offered in California. This course costs upwards of $3700/pp to attend, and that does not include the airfare to California. Anyway, my husband walked up to the instructor and mentioned some concerns about signing up, and the instructor simply grabbed the both of us, sat us at a table, and told us to "Just sign up!" and we could talk about details later. Well, we put a $1,000 deposit down and now we simply can't come up with the remaining money needed for both of us to attend, not to mention the fact that we were encouraged to attend together as husband and wife, but what were we going to do with our young child? PSI actually suggested we leave them with a PSI-member family in our home town for the 7 days while we were gone. HUH?? Leave our child with a TOTAL STRANGER? I don't think so!

Now they are calling us 3-4 times a month asking where the rest of their money is. I told them most likely if we could afford it at all only one of us could go, but they keep insisting that if I change my attendance date they can charge me $100 for every instance I change the date...and since I signed up for that particular date they were going to hold me to it!

Also, if you attend any of the Basics you get some complete stranger coming up to you with a big hug and insisting you attend the PSI-7, but nobody will tell you anything about it or WHY. First of all, I don't like smiling strangers coming up and hugging me (call me weird). Secondly, I don't like it when I can't get the scoop on what I'm in for when I shell out a couple thousand dollars for a course. I like details up front!

All I can say is I wish I had just spent the money on the Basic (about $500) and left it at that. The basic tools they teach you are enough to get you in the right direction. If positive thinking and all that stuff isn't your thing, don't even consider this course. I've been into that sort of stuff for years, and unless you practice it on a daily basis I guarantee you won't suddenly turn your life around. (Read or watch the video "The Secret" and save yourself a ton of money).

I hope this review helps somebody out. Good luck!

Just Another Mom
A Small Town, Colorado
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/24/2008 12:05 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/PSI-Seminars/Denver-Colorado/PSI-Seminars-High-Pressure-Sales-and-Emotional-Tactics-BEWARE-Denver-Colorado-303012. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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UPDATE: PSI took my $1000 and ran... BEWARE!! False promises galore!

AUTHOR: Greeley mom - (U.S.A.)

Okay, it's me again, the one who said the PSI Basic was worth it but beware of the strongarm tactics they use to get you to sign up for the PSI-7 course in California. Here's an update to my story: my husband went to the Basic and was told that he could pay $1000 toward the PSI-7 and they could "work it out" with him on the rest of the payment. Well, that was well over a year ago, and our $1000 is long gone. He got a call from a PSI "employee" (I would call them a "collector", but that's just me), and he told her that we were having financial problems and could not come up with the rest of the money, so she said perhaps she could sell another interested student our $1000 deposit at a discount and get us at least part of our money back. Another couple of calls to PSI and we got the runaround, and now they said the $1000 is gone and has been retained as a cancellation fee (note: we never cancelled with them!) So, just be on your guard. Now that I know what I know, I'm sorry I even attended the Basic! If you need counseling, go see a shrink. I guarantee you'll get a better return on your money!

THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. THEY ARE ONLY AFTER YOUR MONEY. 'Nuff said.
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