May 21, 2016

Now three more families say this 'healer' cast a spell on their girls as she is seen for the first time since The Mail on Sunday's revelations

  • A new picture of self-styled 'healer' Anne Craig has emerged
  • It is the first photo since her accusal in Mail on Sunday investigation
  • She has allegedly torn apart some of the country's best-connected families
  • Craig faces mounting allegations she helped isolate string of young women

By ADAM LUCK and CLAUDIA JOSEPH
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
21 May 2016


Dressed in a theatrical felt hat and quilted jacket, this is the first picture of self-styled 'healer' Anne Craig to emerge since a Mail on Sunday investigation accused her of helping to tear apart some of the country's best-connected families.

For four weeks Craig has refused to comment despite mounting allegations that she helped isolate a string of impressionable young women from their friends and families. They include highly educated society girls Laura Hue-Williams and Victoria Cayzer.

Craig is seen here on the streets near her home in South London with her dogs – possibly the same animals that one former client revealed would bark during Craig's unconventional therapy sessions if they detected 'bad energy'.

Through her lawyers, Craig – who is understood not to have any recognised qualifications and is not a member of a professional body – has denied any wrongdoing. But David Cameron and two senior Ministers are supporting calls to introduce new laws against psychological predators, including therapists who control vulnerable clients.

Now close relatives and the godmother of three former clients of Craig have come forward to offer further disturbing insights into her unconventional methods.

Through her lawyers, Craig – who is understood not to have any recognised qualifications and is not a member of a professional body – has denied any wrongdoing. But David Cameron and two senior Ministers are supporting calls to introduce new laws against psychological predators, including therapists who control vulnerable clients.

Now close relatives and the godmother of three former clients of Craig have come forward to offer further disturbing insights into her unconventional methods.

All three wish to remain anonymous, but the father of one of Craig's former clients gave a moving account of how his family was driven to the brink of destruction.

'It's nearly four years since my daughter started breaking away from Craig and she still does not want to talk about it,' he said. 'She knew Craig's daughter, who was encouraging people to see her mother. There seemed to be nothing wrong at first. Although we knew she was seeing a therapist, we had no idea of what was going on, except for the fact that she became more remote as time went by.

'She was not keen to accept help and became pretty unpleasant to us. It seemed that she was gradually being taken away from us.'

It was only a family tragedy, he said, that persuaded his daughter to return home. 'When my daughter came back to us she revealed what she had been discussing with Craig – cutting us off,' the father said. 'We were being chiselled apart and everything was 'our fault'.

'Having spoken to experts, my understanding is a standard therapy session lasts 60 minutes but our daughter was seeing Craig for two to three hours and came out exhausted and confused. It has taken four years for her to become a normal, happy person again.'

The godmother of another former Craig client recalled her horror when the woman, now a qualified solicitor, revealed to her what had been going on. 'When she said she was seeing a therapist, I asked her what methodology the woman was using. It became clear that my goddaughter was being manipulated. The method is to isolate you from friends and family.

'I told my goddaughter that this was toxic and she agreed that she would stop seeing Craig.'

Meanwhile, a businesswoman believes that her daughter was saved because she was older and more sceptical about the 'healer'. Her daughter was a friend of Victoria Cayzer, who recommended Craig.

She said: 'My daughter did not see Craig for long because she thought it was ridiculous. When she tried to raise this with Victoria, Victoria said they could not be friends unless she was on 'the journey' with Craig.'

Last night, former Home Office Minister Tom Sackville, an anti-cult campaigner, joined The Mail on Sunday's call for a law to extend the existing protection of children to vulnerable adults too. Mr Sackville, chairman of The Family Survival Trust, said: 'In France, Belgium and Luxembourg, governments take a view on this. You can go to the courts to enforce the law. It's something we would like to have here.'

Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, a director with the International Cultic Studies Association, also called for new protection. He said: 'Anyone is susceptible to psychological manipulation and mind-control. The guru usually has some kind of psychological disorder, such as a narcissistic personality disorder. They yearn to have people worship them.'




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