Lawsuit Accuses Therapist And Ballwin Clinic Of “Brainwashing”
ST.. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A St. Paul, Minnesota woman claims in a lawsuit that a Ballwin, Missouri Eating Disorder Treatment Center and one of its therapists “brain-washed” her into believing she had a hidden past as a satan worshipper.
The civil suit filed in St. Louis County court names the Castlewood Treatment Center and therapist Mark Schwartz.
Attorney Ken Vuylsteke represents a former patient of Castlewood, Lisa Nassef, 41, who claims she was put under hypnosis and implanted with false memories.
“I don’t think there’s any question that he planted those ideas in her mind,” Vuylsteke said, “that she had been involved in satanic ritual abuse cases both as a perpetrator and as a victim, that she had actually participated in ritualistic eating of babies.”
The suit seeks actual and punitive damages. Vuylsteke claims half a dozen other women treated at the center are telling him similar claims, and at least one other is also preparing a lawsuit.
KMOX contacted the Castlewood Treatment Center by phone three times seeking reaction. KMOX asked twice to speak with Schwartz and was told by a receptionist that Executive Director Nancy Albus is the person handling media calls on the suit. KMOX left two messages seeking reaction from Albus, but we have not heard back from her.
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