March 2, 2001 |
Clients of two therapists charged after a 10-year-old girl who was wrapped in a blanket suffocated during a psychotherapy session should not be allowed to testify as character witnesses at the March 29 trial of the accused, prosecutors urged Thursday. Jefferson County District Judge Jane Tidball said she would rule on the matter if it comes up at the trial of Connell Watkins, 53, and Julie Ponder, 40.
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May 20, 1994 |
Many Orange County mental health professionals are reconsidering how they treat psychiatric cases following a jury's decision that therapists had negligently "reinforced" an Irvine woman's emerging memories that her father raped her as a child. The UCI Medical Center is reviewing its use of hypnosis and a drug that was used by the defendant therapists to clarify repressed memories.
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September 2, 1994 |
In a decision that state authorities described as baffling, a judge restricted--but did not suspend--an Irvine counselor's right to treat female patients in response to allegations he molested several patients in 10 years. Stephen Guy Venanzi, 43, a marriage, family and child counselor accused by the state of engaging in "repeated incompetent practice," and causing "reckless . . .
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May 24, 1996
A psychotherapist who said she treated Nicole Brown Simpson in the weeks before her murder testified under oath this week that her patient talked of fearing O.J. Simpson and described beatings she suffered at his hands, according to a lawyer who attended the deposition. Therapist Jennifer Ameli said that just three days before the murder, Nicole Simpson told her about a recent argument and physical altercation she had with her ex-husband over tax issues.
July 4, 1999 |
Susan had been engaged twice but never married. Now she was dating a man who frustrated her, alternately asking for more commitment and wanting to leave her. In hope of winning him over, Susan, a 32-year-old, college-educated grocery store clerk, restyled her hair, dumped her friends and relinquished her hobbies. Susan's therapist listened to her account of the relationship and offered an unusual suggestion: Watch the 1992 movie "Singles," depicting friends in their 20s in Seattle.
December 25, 1992 |
The government announced final approval Thursday of an agreement with the American Psychological Assn. that could drive down the cost of psychotherapy. The consent agreement settled charges that the APA had curbed competition by barring its members from advertising and seeking patients through referral services. Under the final consent order, the association may not restrict "truthful, non-deceptive" advertising, said the Federal Trade Commission, which issued the original complaint.
August 14, 1996 |
The 15,000 psychologists attending the annual American Psychological Assn. meeting here departed Tuesday with a major question looming: Is what they do--talk therapy--becoming less relevant in the treatment of mental health disorders?
June 18, 2000 |
Personal trainer Randi Rotwein used to get frustrated when clients confided their life woes during workout sessions. Compassionate by nature, she wanted to help, but ethically, she had to steer the conversations back to lunges and dumbbell reps. Eventually, though, the 43-year-old Manhattan Beach resident became convinced she'd be more valuable to her clients if she could build their bodies and their minds. So she returned to school and, in 1993, became a licensed psychotherapist.
January 4, 1999 |
As part of MSN CarPoint's coverage of the North American International Auto Show, resident pop psychotherapist Dr. Will Miller will give visitors to the Web site (http://carpoint.msn.com) a personal car analysis. The site, part of Microsoft's network of Internet services, is the official site of the show, which is in Los Angeles through Jan. 18. Viewers can enter information about their cars--such as the make, model and color--and Miller will analyze what their car says about them.
June 19, 2001 |
A judge Monday sentenced two therapists to 16 years in prison in the death of a 10-year-old girl who begged for air and screamed for mercy after she was bound head-to-toe in a flannel sheet during a discredited psychotherapy procedure called "rebirthing." Connell Watkins, 54, and assistant Julie Ponder, 40, both sobbed during their separate hearings before Jefferson County Judge Jane Tidball as she pronounced their sentences.