I will not contact you unless you indicate that you would like me to do so e.g. by sending me an email or telephoning me.
I take your privacy seriously and will never share your personal details with a third party, without your permission.
For more information please contact me.
How I handle personal information I obtain from you:
I am registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) and am compliant with the GDPR regulations, which means I need to tell you what data I am collecting from you and what I intend to do with it.
What personal information will I collect?
Via the website - email or number, contact name
Via Initial Assessment - Name, age, address and contact details, Medical conditions relevant to therapy, current medication and doctors details
Occupation, Relationships, Counselling history, Difficulties/reasons for seeking therapy
How will I store your personal information?
On paper – your assessment sheet, contact details and my brief session notes are stored in a locked, filing cabinet. Electronically - any contact details stored electronically are on a password protected, phone and computer, and these are deleted once we have stopped working together. Any email or text
correspondence is deleted as soon as the request has been dealt with.
How I may process or share your personal information:
- I have monthly supervision in which I will refer to our work together but will only use your first name, to protect your privacy.
- If your health is in jeopardy, I may contact your doctor or share your information with an emergency healthcare service (I will attempt to seek your permission to do this)
- In an emergency, if I become aware of your intent to harm yourself or another person, I am required by law to inform an authority without seeking your permission.
How long will I store your data for and how will I dispose of it?
I’ll keep your hand-written session notes and contact details for 5 years so that I have a reference of our work together should you return to counselling.
You have the following rights:
- To be informed what information I hold
- To see the information I hold about you
- To rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal information
- To withdraw consent to me using your personal information
- To request your personal information be erased (though I can decline when the information is needed for me to practice lawfully & competently).
A printed copy of this statement will be given to you when we meet and if you decide to proceed with therapy we will both sign to indicate our agreement.
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