Woman: Psychologist implanted horrific memories

Report from the Huffington Pose

JIM SALTER | December 2, 2011 07:53 PM EST | AP

ST. LOUIS — The memories that came flooding back were so horrific that Lisa Nasseff says she tried to kill herself: She had been raped several times, had multiple personalities and took part in satanic rituals involving unthinkable acts. She says she only got better when she realized they weren’t real.

Nasseff, 31, is suing a suburban St. Louis treatment center where she spent 15 months being treated for anorexia, claiming one of its psychologists implanted the false memories during hypnosis sessions in order to keep her there long-term and run up a bill that eventually reached $650,000. The claims seem unbelievable, but her lawyer, Kenneth Vuylsteke, says other patients have come forward to say they, too, were brainwashed and are considering suing.

Castlewood Treatment Center’s director, Nancy Albus, and the psychologist, Mark Schwartz, deny the allegations. Outcome will likely hinge on the testimony of experts with starkly different views on how memory works.

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  1. V

     /  12/14/2011

    Wow, these sick therapists don’t learn from the past. They even cherry-picked female patients with a specific type of generous insurance and told them they’d been satanists. Sounds pretty familiar!!! I guess that if a scam works, people are going to keep using it as long as they can.

    The recovered memory / DID scam is very very very profitable for therapists. It provides money, prestige, and excitement for the doctors. In the end, the patients’ lives are ruined and money is improperly taken from the medical system.

    What else could that money have paid for? Cancer screening? Nutritional education? A smaller caseload for nurses so patients get more individual attention? Apparently these DID doctors’ egos are way more important than all these other ‘details’.

    Also, it appears that the only protection from these sorts of doctors is lawsuits. No professional boards shut these people down. That is pretty pathetic.


    • yes, it appears as though any hint of stopping these therapists is individual lawsuits. Seeing someone else sued for malpractice seems to have little effect on these therapists who contend they have knowledge and insight that the rest of us don’t have and, therefore, they should keep therapizing.

      The American Psychiatric Association, The American Medical Association and the American Psychological association have published position papers over the years warning against some of the practices used to facilitate memory, but these warnings were ignored. Why?

      My question is why do these professional organizations not police their members? Not doing so leaves the policing to people like us who keep writing and chatting in an effort to educate the public on these harmful practices.

      Keep posted, I will be posting some of the APA warnings published 20 years ago. If they were heeded, the psychology industry may not have lost its reputation, collapsed on itself, and left patients and families in ruins.


    • V, I have to disagree that DID is inherently a scam. There are many therapists, researchers, and patients who believe wholeheartedly in the diagnosis.

      This is why I find this diagnosis, and those who claim to treat it, dangerous. For me, I followed my psychiatrist, in part, due to his steadfast dedication to fixing the problem of childhood sexual abuse and people like me whom he thought was a victim.

      When vulnerable, I allowed myself to be led into someone else’s belief system while suspending my own. Mistake #1

      When a doctor is passionate about their specialty and is considered one of the best in the field, how many of us ask questions? Instead, don’t we feel special and thankful to become one of their patients? I sure did. Mistake #2

      Then the insurance company paid for treatment, so I thought I was sick. Mistake #3.

      Then I got worse as predicted and didn’t question therapy. Mistake #4.

      When I repeatedly voiced that I don’t believe my new memories and continued in treatment, I stopped believing in myself and substituted his insight and expertise for my own. Mistake #5

      Yes, the amount of money spent on me for this therapy could have gone far to treat real victims of trauma in a big way.



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