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.
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.