Maybe there really are some, although I’ve never been able to find any evidence that stood up to careful investigation. Usually these stories are implanted into vulnerable patients by poorly-trained and fundamentalist-affiliated therapists (in fact, many of the “therapists” are pastors who took a short counseling course.) Some of them, of course, are monsters on a power trip. Buyer, beware:
A psychologist accused of hypnotizing a woman into believing she possessed multiple personalities and participated in satanic rituals may be sued by several others who say they were also told they had been a part of a satanic cult, according to a Missouri attorney.
Lisa Nasseff, 41, of Saint Paul, Minn., is suing her former therapist, Mark Schwartz, and the Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis, Mo., where she received 15 months of treatment for anorexia, according to the complaint.
Instead of improving, the lawsuit alleges Nasseff suffered “great physical pain and suffering and anguish” during her time at the facility, and asserts that she will continue to suffer.
“She was hospitalized multiple times,” Nasseff’s lawyer, Kenneth Vuylsteke, told ABCNews.com. “One time she tried to commit suicide … she’s done much better now that she’s been away from there.”