Unsafe Spaces highlights the shocking lack of regulation for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, and how this can cause vulnerable people to experience abuse or poor care. We call for statutory regulation to replace the current system of voluntary registration.
In May 2016 we published the Unsafe Spaces report. Our research found that of those counsellors and psychotherapists who have been struck off a professional register for misconduct, one in four continue to practice afterwards. This is legal because “counsellor” and “psychotherapist” are not protected titles, and there is no requirement in law to belong to a professional register.
Unsafe Spaces is entirely led and run by volunteers, and receives no external funding.
Phil Doré RMN, MA, PgCert, BN(Hons), BA(Hons)
Phil Doré is a registered mental health nurse with a clinical interest in psychological therapies. After a number of encounters with people who had experienced misconduct while accessing therapy, he founded Unsafe Spaces.
Amanda Williamson Reg MBACP (Accred)
Amanda Williamson is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and works in private practice. Through being vocal about the lack of statutory regulation and abuse in therapy, some of her work is with clients who are recovering from abusive experiences in counselling and psychotherapy.
To speak to Unsafe Spaces, e-mail Phil Doré at thus_spake_z at hushmail dot com
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