Minnesota Therapist Censured for Mixing Beliefs and Practice

Star Tribune/July 14, 1998
By M. Lerner

The Minnesota Board of Psychology reprimanded Thomas Heyer, a Minnesota psychologist, in part for allowing his belief in "evil spirits" to inappropriately influence his treatment of patients with multiple personalities. Under the consent decree, Heyer agreed to stop treating patients with multiple personalities or dissociative disorders. He is also restricted to practicing under the supervision of another psychologist and must take a course in proper professional conduct.

Heyer admitted to the board that he engaged in "unprofessional conduct" while treating two patients. He admitted treating both of them at his home and admitted talking to them about satanic ritual abuse, which he believes can cause multiple-personality disorders.

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