There seems to be a running theme on this blog of psychotherapists on accredited registers who are struck off by their professional body, and simply carry on practising regardless.
Here’s another one. Charles Davison, a Norfolk-based therapist was recently struck off by the UK Council for Psychotherapy. The UKCP decision posted online isn’t very detailed. However, it does state that he was removed from their register for sexual misconduct. They also state that he had “an unclear and inadequately understood sense of professionalism and especially clinical boundaries.” They determined that he “lacks insight into his conduct and is not satisfied that he recognizes the seriousness of the failings in his actions,” and that it was “not a one-off situation, but rather a course of conduct that should have been identified well in advance.” They were also “concerned about his own lack of honesty in not disclosing his behaviour to his own supervisor.”
Given the track record of psychotherapists ignoring striking-off orders, I did a bit of Googling. Right away I found a website, CharlesDavison.com offering psychotherapy services in Norfolk.
The website doesn’t make any mention of UKCP registration, so I thought it best to check it’s the same guy. Psychotherapy is a small world, but it’s possible that there’s two therapists called Charles Davison in Norfolk. It only took a few more minutes of trawling through social media to find other profiles for Charles Davison, listing the same address, and mentioning the UKCP.
There are no other individuals called Charles Davison, in Norfolk or anywhere else, on the UKCP register.
To check whether these were simply old websites or whether he was still practising, I set up an email account and contacted him, posing as a vulnerable woman called “Bethany Collier”.
Dear Mr DavisonI wonder if I might enquire about your therapy services.I have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, which I believe stems from a period of sexual abuse when I was a child.I know I have a self-destructive streak, which has put me in hospital several times. I want to be able to control this.Do you work with these sorts of problems? If so, could you tell me a little more about how you work please?Bethany Collier
Thank you for your enquiry.
Would you be so kind as to tell me (a) whereabouts you live, and (b) how you heard about me. I have considerable experience working with borderline disorders and with cases of sexual abuse. I am trained as a gestalt therapist and as a person-centred counsellor. Please visit CharlesDavison.com for details of my training and experience.
Please call me on [redacted] if you require further information.