Third woman sues Castlewood Treatment Center; alleges brainwashing

A third woman has sued Castlewood Treatment Center in west St. Louis County, MO. saying she was brainwashed by staff members.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports

During a three-month stay at Castlewood to treat an eating disorder in 2010, Brooke Taylor of St. Louis was falsely led to believe she had been sexually abused and had multiple personalities, according to the suit filed earlier this month in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

“I like to use the word ‘bully’ when I refer to individuals that work there,” Taylor said. “They make you believe that they have all the answers.”

Leslie Thompson and Lisa Nasseff, both of Minnesota, previously sued Castlewood and psychologist Mark Schwartz with similar claims that the women developed false memories during therapy sessions for eating disorders.

A spokesman for Castlewood released a statement calling the claims ‘spurious.” […]

Therapists at Castlewood use a technique called internal family systems, where patients are encouraged to identify and work on the parts of themselves that are destructive, according to former patients and the facility’s website.

Experts in eating disorders have said internal family systems is not the standard of care because of the mental vulnerability of patients who are malnourished or medicated.

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