I have a professional and ethical commitment to protecting client confidentiality and privacy. All information shared between us is treated in complete confidence and I do not share it or use it for any other purposes other than providing you with safe and ethical care and support.
Your personal information
As part of my professional practice I am required to obtain personal information including your contact details and address, as well as your next of kin and your GP contact details. I also ask you about your family history and previous experience of therapy or mental health services. I ask you to provide this information on a standard client consultation form which is completed by you as the client. By providing this information you give consent to it being stored on my computer and in paper form in a secure place. (Any personal notes relating to your sessions are anonymised.) I store your information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR. You have the right to access or update it at any point. I only collect this information for my records, and in case I need to make contact with your next of kin or GP because I am concerned for your immediate safety or the safety of someone you know. I will always seek your consent to contact and keep you informed. However, part of my legal obligation and professional code of practice means that if I obtain information regarding money laundering and terrorism, I am obliged to contact relevant authority (e.g. Police, local authority etc) and share information without your consent.
Once therapy has ended you can choose whether I retain the information should you wish to return the therapy at a later date or you can ask me to remove and destroy it. If it is retained I will keep your information for no longer than is necessary. At the moment my insurance company (Balens) requires me to retain client information for a maximum of seven years.
GDPR introduces a duty on me to inform you if for some reason your data was breached. For further information visit www.ico.org.uk/for-the-public/
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