Yesterday I broke the story that a psychotherapist had been struck off by the UK Council for Psychotherapy, but had simply carried on practising after being removed from the register. Unfortunately this is legal because “psychotherapist” is not a protected title.
I’ve had a response from Charles Davison, the psychotherapist in question. Frankly, I’m not very impressed by it.
I have reduced the services I offer dramatically. I no longer offer psychotherapy or supervision. However I’m also trained in Stress management which offers short term solutions to stress-related illness. I am also NLP trained. I committed one offense in a 25 year career where I offered safe and effective therapy. I deeply, deeply regret what I’ve done and I’ve paid a very heavy price for my actions. I’m not a sexual predator but rather an ordinary man who made a dreadful and stupid choice. I’m not one of the narcissistic multiple offenders that I’ve read about on your site and clearly you are not above entraping me with a bogus request for therapy! So which moral high ground are you standing on!
I deeply regret my actions button err is human.
Regarding his point about “entrapping me with a bogus request for therapy”, this refers to an email I sent posing as “Bethany Collier”. I’m not an expert on journalistic ethics, but my understanding is that undercover journalism is considered ethical when acting in the public interest. I certainly think this counts as being in the public interest, and this was the best way to find out if he was still offering his services to vulnerable people.
My email read:
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.