The counselling that I provide is confidential. Details of the counselling will always be protected. The only exception to this is if I or professional parties regulating my services deem it necessary to break confidentiality because of the risk of death, serious injury, serious criminal activity or serious harm, involving you or another person, or by due process of law.
I will endeavour to consult with you before any breach in confidentiality takes place as long as this will not compromise your safety or the safety of others or with due regard to the law.
I realise that this would be a very serious matter and it would not be taken lightly. I am bound by an Ethics Code which requires me, in the rare event of breaking confidentiality only those persons who absolutely need to know will be informed. In line with best practice, all confidential records will be kept in a locked filing cabinet, or password protected if they are kept electronically. My website is a secure website and all communication generated from that site is protected. I will always ensure that the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 are complied with.
PROTECTING YOUR DATA
I will not share your information for marketing purposes with companies outside of my counselling service.
I collect information about you when you become my client in the first therapy session. In normal situations where you are presenting with no reason to make a disclosure I only share a limited amount of personal data in Supervision, both individual and group. In such circumstances I only ever share your first name, approximate age and a broad overview of your information. I am required to do this by my professional body the British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy. The purpose of supervision is to ensure the highest possible standards of your care.
I am required by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy to keep the above records about you and records of my sessions with you. I aim to keep such records in line with the General Data Protection Regulation of Europe May 2018.
In line with best practice, all confidential records will be kept for three months after sessions have ended. The information is held in a locked filing cabinet, or password protected if they are kept electronically. I do not electronically record the information which you are providing in the above form. I keep this form in a locked cabinet together with your brief Ending Notes but not together with your session notes.
The case notes for each session are kept separately and electronically and password protected and also coded alphanumerically to protect your identity. These password protected notes are kept together with the dates of your session and allows me to review them to ensure that I am aware of your ongoing safety, wellbeing, therapeutic progress and with due regard to the law.
You have the right to request a copy of the information that I hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email me at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. (Please note: this information is only retained for a period of three months from the final session).
I will resist all requests to share your personal details and or sessional notes and will do my upmost to secure your records against any unauthorised attempt to access your counselling records.