Readers of this blog will be familiar with the story of Ray Holland, the psychotherapist who was struck off by the UK Council for Psychotherapy in 2014 for serious sexual misconduct with a vulnerable client. Since then he has changed his name to Ray Bott-Holland and carried on practising, registering with a string of impressive-sounding but non-accredited bodies. Along the way, he’s occasionally sent me spurious legal threats for having the temerity to put information in the public domain that was already in the public domain to begin with.
Last week, some comments appeared in an old blog, in which I’d published a survey of people who had been struck off as counsellors and psychotherapists but continued to practice (sadly, this is entirely legal as neither “counsellor” nor “psychotherapist” are protected titles.)
I must confess I felt a bit bad about responding so abruptly to someone who had experienced a breach of boundaries, even if they were saying they hadn’t been traumatised by it. The words “Stockholm Syndrome” were beginning to loom at the back of my mind.
Then, this morning I suddenly received these tweets.
This genuinely confused me, because I really haven’t banned anyone from the blog recently. So I went to the WordPress dashboard to check whether anything was preventing neighbour24 from commenting. When I did so, something immediately leapt out at me.
Take a look at the email address on the left hand side (which I’ve partially redacted, because I don’t feel comfortable outing people’s private email addresses.)
Honestly Ray, if you’re going to start sockpuppetting, you might at least create a sockpuppet email account to go with it.
I did consider the possibility that it was someone else sockpuppetting Ray Holland, but then I checked the email he used to send me those legal threats, and it’s the same address.
Not just sockpuppetting, but impersonating an abuse victim to do so. Ray, if this sort of behaviour is supposed to convince me that the UKCP were anything other than absolutely right to strike you off, you’re really going the wrong way about it.