‘Harrowing’ claims that a ‘life coach’ brainwashed the daughters of wealthy families will return to the High Court this week as the Countess of Caledon continues her bid to be reunited with her daughter.
The court will rule on whether Amanda Caledon can obtain crucial police documents as she attempts to mount a private prosecution against the therapist.
She has accused Anne Craig of manipulating her daughter, who cannot be named and has now severed all links with her family.
Mrs Craig has strenuously denied the claims against her, as has the 27-year-old daughter who started seeing Mrs Craig in 2010.
At the heart of the extraordinary story, first exposed by The Mail on Sunday earlier this year, is an allegation mounted by a number of prominent families that their daughters turned their backs on them after coaching sessions with Mrs Craig at her London home.
Among the accusations is the claim that Mrs Craig planted false memories of child abuse in the minds of her clients – again, denied.
, the Countess will learn whether her application for the documents, which relate to the 2014 arrest of Mrs Craig, will be successful.
At an earlier hearing in June, Mark Jones, barrister for the Countess, said a private investigator had discovered a ‘harrowing body of evidence’ about Craig’s methods.
He said: ‘My client’s case is that the evidence she has obtained discloses a methodology whereby memories or events are falsely and deliberately implanted in the minds of impressionable, perhaps vulnerable, young women.
‘Part of the intention is to sunder their natural relations of affection with their families.’
Several former clients had similar stories to tell, stating that Mrs Craig, who describes herself as a ‘personal development coach’, had told them she can analyse dreams and is in touch with the spirit world.
They also suggested that she focused on whether their problems had been caused by a dysfunctional upbringing.
However, despite a police investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service decided last year not to pursue a case.
Solicitor Clare Kirby, who represents Lady Caledon, declined to comment.
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