A civil lawsuit brought against a former State College psychologist by a patient who said she suffered trauma after being drugged with carbon dioxide went to trial Thursday.
The lawsuit alleged the woman suffered a brain injury and lasting emotional anguish after repeatedly being exposed to the treatments administered by Julian Metter, sometimes as often as seven times a day, multiple days a week for at least three years. […]
Within a week of accepting her as a patient, Metter diagnosed that the woman was repressing memories of childhood abuse, Cantorna said.
The mixture of carbon dioxide and oxygen, pumped through a mask placed over her face, was billed as a means to help the woman remember. While she was under, Metter would suggest she had been raped by members of her family or tortured by community members who were involved in a satanic cult, Cantorna said. The result was a woman who isolated herself completely from her family, relying solely on Metter, who provided financial support and increased the frequency and duration of the sessions, according to [the woman’s attorney, Bernard] Cantorna.
In October 2006, she stopped breathing during a session, the lawsuit alleged. Metter revived her, but wouldn’t take her to the hospital, Cantorna said.