Christian Psychiatrist Services in Memphis, Tenn, shuts down

By Barry Duke

Dr Valerie Louise Augustus has been forced to close her office for two months and could lose her medical licence after it was discovered she beat at least ten patients with whips and riding crops and sometimes compared them to mules.

Augustus, who has headed 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. CPS boasts of using “cutting-edge medical technology.”

The patient, who had a history of physical abuse, was suffering from depression and struggling with suicidal thoughts, documents state.

Her website says:

We are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered, high-quality care to patients from adolescence through adulthood. Through efficient use of office staff and cutting-edge medical technology, we are able to offer exceptionally accessible and personal care in a positive atmosphere.

It also says that:

Dr Augustus has a holistic approach to mental health. With a calling to address the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of people, Dr Augustus emphasizes a healthy diet and regular physical activity, while optionally integrating her spiritual beliefs …read more

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