Castlewood clinic false memory suit to be dismissed

In an update to this story about lives destroyed by unethical psychotherapy practice, there is news that these lawsuits against the clinic are being dismissed.

Castlewood eating disorder lawsuit to be dismissed : Lifestyles.

Two years after Lisa Nasseff accused psychologist Mark Schwartz of implanting her with false memories of sexual abuse and satanic cult activity, her lawsuit against Castlewood Treatment Center and its former director will be dismissed Friday, according to filings in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

Attorneys say Nasseff’s case was resolved favorably for both sides. Few details were available. The case appeared headed for settlement, then last month the court file indicated the case would be dismissed.

Separate lawsuits from three other women with similar claims of brainwashing, hypnosis and concocted memories during their lengthy stays at the eating disorder treatment clinic on the outskirts of Castlewood State Park in Ballwin appear headed to the same conclusion.

The news is disappointing to other families of those who went to the clinic. They hoped it would go to trial. But the Castlewood staff denies any brainwashing or false memory implantation took place. A father of a young woman started a group against the clinic after his daughter sought treatment at Castlewood for an eating disorder. She accused almost 100 people, including teachers, coaches and police officers, of raping or abusing her.

Four lawsuits followed as others accused the clinic of the same thing, therapy that caused the women to believe they were sexually abused or participated in Satanic ritual abuse.

So are these false memories of false memories? Castlewood practices an unusual therapy according to this piece. They are currently very busy trying to fix their public image but remain open treating new clients.

  3 comments for “Castlewood clinic false memory suit to be dismissed

  1. spookyparadigm
    December 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Does anyone ever end up paying (literally or figuratively) for this sort of thing? At most it seems that occasional shame ends up heaped on recovered memory hypnotists, and I increasingly believe that most people in 21st century America are little affected by shame, especially if money is even slightly on the line.

    They instead get ‘retired’ and usually not at a young age either. And after a couple of years, almost everyone forgets.

  2. Max
    December 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The falsely accused pay.

  3. Altus
    December 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    This mental *health* therapist, Mark Schwartz (and his wife Lori Galperin) has quite the history, going back years.

    I’ve read the book by the author of the *unusual therapy* used at Castlewood referred to as “Internal Family Systems”. The shocking thing is the number of therapists who think this is a healthy model! It’s imagined role play and suggestive non-evidence based narrative-making where grown aged women are asked to imagine they are children and anything created in the role play is taken as truth. Please…we’ve been down this role before. Richard (Dick) Schwartz, the creator, teaches this stuff for continuing ed credits to licenced social workers at centers like Esalen in CA and Kripalu in MA who also host psychics. The wiki appears to be maintained by people who teach and profit from the therapy. Just try and make sense of what’s being sold at $3,000 a pop to therapists throughout the country?

    Why do the professional orgs in mental health like the APA allow this stuff to go unchecked?

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