September 3, 2018

GDPR Statement

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is concerned with the personal information about you that I collect, store, and share. This page details my GDPR policy (previously known as Privacy Policy).  By contacting me you are agreeing to the terms and conditions laid out in this GDPR policy.  I am happy to discuss this in person with you in our initial, assessment session or at any point during our work together.

PERSONAL INFORMATION I WILL COLLECT FROM  MYCONTACT FORM

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • The nature of your enquiry

PERSONAL INFORMATION I MAY COLLECT FROM TELEPHONE CONTACT AND / OR DURING THE COURSE OF YOUR THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • The nature of your enquiry
  • Gender (or preferred identity).
  • Religion / Ethnicity / Country of birth
  • Sexuality
  • Date of birth.
  • Relationships and family (past and present).
  • Occupation and education.
  • Home address
  • Previous experience of mental health treatment / diagnosis.
  • Doctors name and contact details
  • Medical conditions.
  • Prescribed medication.
  • Difficulties.
  • Session summaries.

HOW I WILL STORE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Paper:Written notes may either be securely filed in a locked filing cabinet (or equivalent) or will be completely destroyed in a confidential manner after note are transferred to an electronic storage form where they are encrypted.
  • Mobile Phone: I may store your contact telephone number for the duration of your treatment along with any text messages we may exchange.
  • Email:Your email address and email correspondence will be stored securely in my email account (currently Gmail).
  • Website:None of your personal information is stored on my website.  Enquiries are automatically sent through the form to my email account.

 HOW I MAY PROCESS/SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Your contact details and personal information will never be shared with outside parties apart from the exemptions below.

Supervision

In compliance with my training and accrediting organisations (BCPC and UKCP), I am required to attend regular supervision sessions with an accredited therapeutic supervisor and with a supervision group of peers.  Although aspects of your case will be discussed, your full name and contact details will not be revealed.  My professional supervisor and my peer supervision colleagues are bound by similar confidentiality and GDPR policies.

Therapeutic Will

All therapists are required to have a therapeutic will.  In the event of my death, hospitalisation or similar of a close relative, the Therapeutic Executor will make contact to inform you of the situation and advise you of your options.

Breaking Confidentiality

If I believe yours or another person (or group of people’s) safety is at significant risk, I may contact the suitable authority without your permission.  This includes your doctor, the emergency services and the mental health crisis team.

I am also required by law to pass on information relating to acts of terrorism and ongoing abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.  I will at all times attempt to gain your permission before breaking confidentiality in these instances however I retain the right to do so without your consent.

ERASING YOUR INFORMATION.

All the information I hold about you (detailed under “Personal Information I May Collect From Telephone Contact And / Or During The Course Of Your Therapeutic Sessions”) Will be held for a maximum of 4 years after your final session (or from the last point of contact if you choose not to go ahead with treatment).  Your telephone number will be erased from my mobile phone within four weeks of your final session.

YOUR RIGHTS

You have the following rights…

  • To be informed what information I hold (i.e. this document).
  • To see the information I hold about you (free of charge)
  • To rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal information.
  • To withdraw consent to me using your personal information.
  • To request that some or all of your personal information be erased (though I can decline whilst the information is needed for me to practice lawfully & competently).