Third Patient Sues Castlewood for Planting False Memories

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When Brooke Taylor was being treated at a Ballwin-area eating disorder clinic, she uncovered a devastating secret from her past.

In the course of her therapy at Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, Taylor realized a close family member had repeatedly raped her, and that she'd been physically and sexually abused for years.

The problem is, she alleges in a new lawsuit, none of it was true.

Taylor is the third former patient to accuse the center of planting false memories, and manipulating her into a long and expensive course of treatment. Lisa Nasseff and Leslie Thompson, both of Minnesota, also sued Castlewood and its clinical co-director Dr. Mark Schwartz, accusing him of planting memories through hypnosis. Thompson alleges she was lead to believe she had 10 personalities and participated in a human sacrifice. Nasseff believed she'd been repeatedly raped and taken part in baby-eating satanic rituals.

Taylor's suit does not specifically mention Schwartz nor any belief in satanic cults, but it does say that her memories were implanted through hypnosis and psychotropic drugs.

"Defendant persuaded and convinced plaintiff to become increasingly isolated from her family by leading her to believe that a family member had been and would continue to sexually abuse her and force her to engage in horrific acts of abuse," the suit states.

The suit alleges that Taylor was targeted for her ability to pay for the pricey in-patient treatment, and that her final bill at Castlewood came to $80,000. She is being represented by the same attorney as Thompson and Nasseff.

Castlewood's executive director hasn't returned a message left for her, but a statement released to the Post-Dispatch echoes its previous denials in the Thompson and Nasseff suits.

"Litigation filed by a plaintiff's attorney contains numerous false, absurd and bizarre allegations that we patently reject," says a statement on the Castlewood website. "False allegations of this sort belittle the efforts of dozens of dedicated and trained healthcare professionals who are working every day to help clients address and recover from eating disorders."

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The world should sue the jooz for planting the false memory that six million of them were gassed in death camps.


These therapists at Castlewood have a history of using therapy in all the wrong ways. Two of them, Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin, who were the directors (Mark was the CEO) have been pushing this crap on patients for years. Now they are moving to CA---beware! Mark and Lori date back to the days of repressed memory therapy which destroyed lots of lives. Therapists  of repressed memories were sued for millions of dollars and lost when it turned out the "memories" were created by the therapy. Look at this old newspaper story to see what these guys who are now at Castlewood  (Mark and Lori) were pulling off in the 90s...perhaps they should have lost their licenses then.  Castlewood uses a technique called internal family systems, created by Richard Schwartz who taught the whole staff. It is not evidence-based therapy has no clinical trials, despite the fact he dreamed it up in the 90s---the hey day of repressed memories, and can create false memories because there it is essentially role playing. The role-playing can be manipulated by the therapist to get the patient to believe their "parts" witnessed something that never happened. Why the insurance companies allow these harmful non-evidence based therapies is beyond me. Despite lack of clinical trials Mr. Schwartz is able to get gullible therapists to spend over $3,000 to learn his technique in a few weekend courses. Some of these therapists believe in multiple personalities (now called dissociative identity disorder.) The whole Sybil myth has been debunked. Many psychologists believe multiple personalities are created by therapists through role-playing techniques and suggestibility. The problem is most people who walk into a therapists office ( a lot of them are social workers these days, not psychologists) have no knowledge of what kind of wild theories their therapists have. They can innocently start to talk to their fictitious parts as a sort of role-play and then urged by the the therapists belief and suggestibility end up believing they have multiple personalities and or experienced trauma they have forgotten. 

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