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June 19, 2001 | From Reuters
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2001 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lynn Merrill Jones specializes in what she calls blood-and-guts therapy. Crime victims, disaster victims, victims of domestic violence, badly shaken police officers and firefighters. Jones has seen them all. The Camarillo psychotherapist has counseled survivors of the Northridge earthquake, ambulance drivers who retrieved body parts from roadsides and a woman so traumatized by a strangulation attempt that she couldn't wear a necklace without reliving the incident.
NEWS
March 2, 2001 | From Reuters
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000
Penelope Russianoff, 82, a psychotherapist and writer who advised women to assert themselves and reject the lessons of helplessness that they learned as children. Born in Baltimore, Russianoff was a gangly girl who at the age of 14 was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 100 pounds. She later recalled the pain of being "laughed at on the street" for her appearance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS
As if the World Wide Web has not already seeped into nearly every aspect of our collective consciousness, now comes an enterprising group of mental health professionals using the Net to delve into our psyches.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
July 22, 1999 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do the couches, pictures and colors in your home have to do with your career, relationships and general self-fulfillment? Cheryl Pappas says the choices people make in decorating their homes are indicators of their psychological readiness in other areas of life. Pappas, a Beverly Hills clinical psychotherapist, also practices "psychodecorating," a term she coined to mean "what people do to define themselves through their homes."
NEWS
July 4, 1999 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
January 4, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1998
A Glendale man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for the June 1997 slaying of a Los Feliz psychotherapist. Joshua Geier, 19, shot Jeffrey Green once in the head last year and then wiped his own fingerprints from doorknobs and glasses, removed shell casings from Green's Los Feliz home and repositioned Green's body to make it appear as though he died while trying to sexually assault someone, according to testimony during the Los Angeles Superior Court trial.
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