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Complainant Name:
Dr Josephine Klein

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Dr Josephine Klein from London complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article contained an inaccurate account of an interview she had given to an author who was conducting research for a book. As a retired psychotherapist, she was particularly concerned at the suggestion that she had been the subject of ‘regression therapy'.


While the newspaper did not accept that its article was in breach of Clause 1, the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following clarification:

In an article in Books ("Some Guides have all the pluck", Saturday Review, August 7) Janie Hampton, the author of How the Girl Guides Won the War, used the expression "regression therapy" to describe how she encouraged the retired psychotherapist Dr Josephine Klein to recall her wartime experiences. Dr Klein believes that former patients and students might consider this role reversal bizarre. Her own recollection of her conversation with Ms Hampton, which took place in her kitchen/living room, not in her consulting room, does not include engaging in any form of psychotherapy.

Date Published: 24/11/2010

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