Confidentiality and Data Protection
Personal information and the content of sessions is confidential to you and me in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
At times to help me in my practice I may need to discuss my counselling work with my clinical supervisor. I will not use your name or any other identifying details about you. My clinical supervisor is bound by the same code of ethics as myself.
On very rare occasions if I discover there is a need to communicate with other professionals, this will only happen by first seeking your permission and knowledge of what is going to be discussed and your signed consent
In certain circumstances I may have to make exceptions to the general rule of confidentiality.
1. If I believe your life is at risk, another person's life is at risk.
2. There is evidence of child abuse, or the abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult, and where persons are still at risk.
3. There is evidence of a child witnessing domestic violence.
4. If there is evidence of a crime about which I am statutorily required to report i.e. acts of terrorism, drug trafficking, or money laundering.
In alerting others I would disclose only information relevant to the situation. In the first instance I would attempt to talk this through with you beforehand if possible. However if we cannot agree I reserve the right to breach confidentiality if I make a professional judgement that it is in yours, another's or the public's interest or if there is a legal requirement for me to do so.
I will not share any personal information gained from you for marketing purposes. I will not share any personal information unless required to do so by law as outlined above in the section about Confidentiality.
I keep brief paper records which are securely stored in a locked filing cabinet that only I have access to. It is my policy to retain records for 5 years in line with insurance recommendations after counselling is finished and then destroy by shredding.
You are able to see your records on request. I am on the public register of data controllers.
The information I store includes :
Personal information, such as your name, date of birth, address, telephone number, email address and doctors name.
Background information gathered during the counselling assessment relevant to the counselling process.
Confidential brief notes made after each session which helps me reflect on my work alone and
Your signed agreement to counselling.
Your telephone number is stored on my password protected business phone with your initials as an identifier. This is deleted once we finish the counselling.
Emails and texts are password protected and are permanently deleted when dealt with. Email addresses are permanently deleted when contact has finished