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Call for regulation of therapy

20 June 2024

With the outcome of the Ella Janneh case confirmed yesterday (19 June), as the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland, BABCP calls on the next UK Government to take steps to introduce proper regulation of psychotherapy as a matter of urgency, in order to better protect members of the public who seek support for their mental health and wellbeing. Everyone who seeks this kind of help should have confidence that the therapist will be properly qualified and registered - and will be held to account if something goes wrong.

BABCP President Saiqa Naz says: "Whilst we are pleased Ella Janneh has been successful in her civil claim against her former therapist Mike Lousada, this case raises a number of issues about the need to protect the public by better regulating the psychological therapies professions.

The fact it took so long for Ella to find justice also highlights the plight of women who are sexually assaulted and who find it difficult to find support to take action. When they do take action, only a small number will ever find justice. We hope Ella's win in this case will provide hope to others who have been harmed by unregulated therapists."

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