The UK Council for Psychotherapy recently struck off Raymond Spencer Holland for serious sexual misconduct with an “evidently vulnerable client.” They allege he “threatened [the client] in order to prevent her from reporting the matter” and “spoke with the absence of empathy towards [the client] whom he said he believed was ‘a fantasist’.” The UKCP found that he showed no remorse or insight into his actions.
But is he still practising? Web searches suggest he may well be.
As one of my readers pointed out, there’s a website up, www.raysholland.com, described as based in Exeter and Bristol. The Ray Holland struck off by the UKCP was based in Exeter.
I suppose it’s theoretically possible that there’s two psychotherapists called Ray S Holland in Exeter, but it really isn’t very likely as psychotherapy is a small profession, especially in a place like Exeter. I e-mailed the website to ask if he was the same person. I haven’t received a reply.
Holland’s website boasts the following:
I am a full member:
Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals
International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy
Unlike the UKCP, none of those organisations are accredited voluntary registers.
I e-mailed the organisations. The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy said he’s not a member. The International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy told me that only people in good standing can be members, and that they’ll take it up with their ethics committee. The Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals haven’t replied.
The trouble with the current system of accredited voluntary registers is that being struck off by one doesn’t stop a counsellor or psychotherapist from practising. It just means they’re no longer a member of that particular organisation. Apart from Holland, the only other psychotherapist who the UKCP has struck off in the last five years is Julia Eastwood. She’s still advertising online for counselling and psychotherapy services. She’s also advertising herself as a conscious channel for the archangel Gabriel if you’re looking for one of those.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is also an accredited voluntary register. Jo D Baker surveyed 53 practitioners who had been struck off by the BACP. He found positive hits for 22% of them to business websites still advertising themselves as counsellors or psychotherapists.
What more proof do we need that accredited voluntary registration is not protecting the public? Counselling and psychotherapy need state regulation and protected titles.