A Memphis psychiatrist has been forced to close her office for two months and potentially lose her medical license for good after it was discovered she spanked at least 10 patients with whips and riding crops and sometimes compared them to mules.
Dr. Valerie Louise Augustus, who has led Christian Psychiatrist Services for 17 years, was found to have used a riding crop – a thin whip normally used to strike horses – on the buttocks of a patient in 2015, according to Tennessee medical discipline documents that were made public on Friday.
The patient, who had a history of physical abuse, was suffering from depression and struggling with suicidal thoughts, documents state.
An investigation by state authorities also found that Augustus had “made contact with other mental health patients with a riding crop, whip or other object.” The documents also state that Augustus kept both a riding crop and a whip “displayed in her office” and “compared her patients to mules.”
They seem to take great pains to describe what she did in the blandest clinical terms. She "made contact with a patient's buttocks using a riding crop"! Oh dear. I like that it's "Christian Psychiatrist Services". Makes it a little extra kinky that way. They also take pains to point out that:
there was “no evidence” in psychiatrist literature for using whips or riding crops as an effective part of treatment.
I wonder what exactly she thought she was doing though? Would you submit to this sort of "therapy"?