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As a licensed social worker, Bridges was authorized to treat Doe, but the technique she is alleged to have used, "re-parenting," is highly controversial. The therapist is established as an idealized parent, helping patients with traumatic childhood experiences relive them in a healthier way. In 1998, a Missouri psychiatrist was sentenced to 133 years in prison for convincing a patient to regress to her nursing days and then substituting his penis for a nipple.

Simpson says his client's mental state is far worse now than when she first went to Bridges for help. "If you can imagine a bird in the Exxon Valdez deal that has oil all over it, that's her," Simpson says. --Rick Kennedy

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