What information do I collect and why?
My initial assessment form requests your name, address, date of birth, GP details or emergency contact and medical information relevant to counselling, as well as your counselling history. This is so that I can provide you with a counselling service. Your telephone number, and email address is collected so that I can contact you regarding your sessions, forward you a contract or invoice you for a session. Your name, address, GP, or emergency contact details are in case of emergency. (See below). Clients can refuse to supply personal information, though this may prevent them from fully benefitting from my services.
What information do I store and how do I keep it secure?
I keep brief paper notes following sessions which I anonymise along with any outcome measures. These notes are locked securely in a cabinet and kept separate from your contact information, which is also locked away securely. I store your phone number in my separate work phone, and your email address will be stored in my work computer under a separate work email account. I also have the following in place to ensure your data is secure:
I will share your name and contact details with my Therapeutic Executor, so that in the event of my death, they are able to contact you if you are still having sessions with me.
In the case of an emergency, I may use the information you have provided to contact your GP or emergency contact.
The right to access and be forgotten
You have the right to ask to see the information that I hold about you and rectify any inaccurate personal information held, as well as to withdraw your consent to me using your personal information at any time. You have the right to request that any information I hold be erased. Exceptions to this are if the information needs to be retained for insurance or legal obligation.
Erasing your data
Once we finish our work together, all electronic copies of the data and correspondence I hold will be erased within 4 weeks. Written and printed data will be kept for 5 years in accordance with my insurance provider. After this time, all data will be securely destroyed.
I would hope that we are able to establish open communication so that any concerns can be dealt with in our session, however in the case of a complaint needing to be escalated, concerns need to be addressed to the BACP
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