2018 Castlewood Treatment Center Patients speak out about abusive and unethical therapeutic practices that are still be used despite multiple law suits.

The longer I stayed the more my stories intensified and my weight didn't change nor did my eating disorder behaviors.  I did participate in Mark's sexual group and I was hypnotized by Lori.

A brave former patient shares her experience at Castlewood, now known as Alsana, from a recent stay (long after Mark and Lori left)

In the lush hills overlooking Castlewood State Park, a secluded clinic attracts people from across the country who have tried and failed to overcome an eating disorder.

Pictures of Castlewood Treatment Center in west St. Louis County show a homelike sanctuary where residents practice yoga, sit around a fireplace and sleep under down comforters.

That idyllic image was shattered last month when a Minnesota woman filed suit against Castlewood and its director, psychologist Mark Schwartz, al...

In response to Deanna’s claim that that is not a current review of this program here is a current review –

1. They use hardly any evidenced based treatments. Their main treatment of choice is something called Internal Family Systems which has NO empirical evidence behind it. It is dangerous and encompasses such things as dark energy – the staff at Castlewood believe that when someone has been traumatized they take on some of the “dark energy” of their abuser, and, in some ways, start ac...

Here are some excerpts from messages sent to CVU recently.  It's important information for all of us know about.  Names have been withheld to protect the authors' privacy.

Just some information...

So I attended Avalon by the Sea in Malibu California. While I was there I had plenty of encounters, group therapy and one on one sessions with Mark as well as his ex-wife Lori. Currently his brother owns the facility Jeff. After someone found out about all the lawsuits against hi...

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