In July 2014 Raymond Holland was struck off by the UK Council for Psychotherapy, over allegations of serious sexual misconduct with an “evidently vulnerable client”. They also allege that he “threatened Ms [Redacted] in order to prevent her from reporting the matter.” The panel found he “gave no indication at all that he had learned by his experiences or that he showed any insight into his behaviour.”
In September I noticed that he appeared to be still practising. His website was up, and he turned up in the comments thread of my blog post to confirm that he did indeed plan to continue despite his striking-off. Since then his website has gone down. But now a new website has gone up. For a Ray Bott-Holland.
In his little appearance on the comments thread, Holland accused the UKCP of publishing “gross misinformation” about him. However, he declined to state whether he’ll be suing the UKCP.
When he put up his first website after being struck off, he stated that he was a member of three organisations – the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. All grand-sounding names. However, none of those are statutory regulators. They’re not even Accredited Voluntary Registers like the UKCP. In other words, one could argue that they’re little more than glorified membership lists.
I e-mailed all three of those organisations at the time. The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy said he’s not a member. The International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy agreed to take it up with their ethics committee. The Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals didn’t reply.
On the new website, Ray Bott-Holland again lists membership of the IARPP and Tavistock Society. However, instead of the IACP, he’s now listing membership of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
Bott-Holland doesn’t state what level of membership he has of the ACAT. However, I note from their website that if you sign up for membership as a friend of ACAT, this requires little more than £47 a year and an interest in the work of the association.
It may also be worth noting that Bott-Holland is stating fees negotiable between £35 and £60 per hour. 35 quid would be at the low end of what counsellors and psychotherapists charge, which is somewhat surprising for a practitioner who claims an impressive portfolio of experience. Such fee levels could imply that business isn’t going well.
So, Ray Holland appears to be back as Ray Bott-Holland. Not trying to get around your Google results, are you Ray?