Two months ago I wrote about Linda Bretherton, who had been disciplined by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She had reportedly conducted a therapy session with a traumatised client who was physically held and subjected to “loud breathing exercises”. The client was re-traumatised by this session, and in a separate hearing with a UKCP therapist, was described as “crying daily and not sleeping.” Bretherton was not struck off, but was ordered to write a reflection on what she had learned from the experience.
This lead to an online exchange in which I noticed that Bretherton had responded to the BACP outcome by publishing the client’s name on Facebook (subsequently removed) – a serious breach of confidentiality. Bretherton is now talking again on Facebook about the case, and states she has been struck off. From her online comments, it looks like she’s dug herself such a massive hole that no other outcome could have been possible.
On her Facebook page, she states,
ITS NOT NICE
an update on my tribunal with the BACP, for those who have been caring and supported me in this horrible experience.
I received a recorded delivery letter today, this flags up ‘fear, uncertainty, panic’ as the only things in the last two years have been from solicitors, and the BACP regarding my tribunal.
After all the deep inner work, I was surprised at my feelings of dread when the postman came to my door.
It was a letter from the BACP.
After the tribunal findings I wrote to the BACP asking them why they labelled me with , ‘Serious Professional Malpractice’ , which sounds pretty bad don’t you think? Yet their sanctions asked me to write explaining what I had learnt and understood from it all ?? I asked them why such a contradiction? I would not comply with the sanctions unless they responded.
Their response was that they had nothing further to say on the matter. ( not that they said anything)
The findings had been found by the tribunal and there you have it.
Today’s letter is just as tricky, it says that, when I said I would not respond until I got a response from them, that ‘The Panel noted that she received a response’, ha ha, the clever self made rules of a self regulated business.
I resigned from BACP over a year ago, in today’s letter they are telling me that ‘The Panel have agreed to withdraw Ms Bretherton’s membership of the BACP, with immediate effect’
GOOD RIDDANCE BACP
and holding my heart in my hands
and breathing the ugliness away xxx
Well, the BACP ordered her to tell her what she’d learned, and in a way she’s done exactly that. By reacting defensively, and without a jot of reflection, she’s told them that she’s learned nothing. It’s really not surprising that the BACP responded to her letter by striking her off. I really can’t see how they could have reacted any other way.
And that’s before you get to the issue of her putting the client’s name on Facebook, which would merit a striking-off in itself.
I notice the reference to solicitor’s letters in her post. If she acts like that, no wonder she’s getting sued.
Ms Bretherton is saying “good riddance” to the BACP. Somehow I suspect the BACP are saying the exact same thing.