Working in our Therapy and Adult Abuse Department, Litigation Executive Victoria Thackstone was recently interviewed by BBC Radio 4 in regard to the regulation of therapists.
BBC reporter Jordan Dunbar had a difficult experience when seeking help for his mental health in the private sector. In his latest podcast Jordan looks into the therapy world and how therapists are regulated in their industry. He delves into the shocking side of the abuse and negligence that can occur due to the abuse of power through interviewing a range of professionals and victims.
With 50,000 therapists operating in the UK, one in ten people are waiting for therapy, therefore many are turning to paying for private treatment. Grant Davis MP discusses his thoughts on the regulation and how there needs to be much tighter restrictions on qualifications, as anyone can get an online cognitive behavioural therapy qualification and set themselves up as a psychotherapist. This creates a potential for abuse, both physical and mental.
Victoria highlights how frequent and prevalent these kinds of cases are just to Switalskis alone. She also points out that it can be hard for victims to speak out about their experiences due to the stigma surrounding it.
Victoria’s sections can be heard at 26.20-27.10 and 36.00-36.36.