I respect your privacy and understand how important it is that your personal information remains secure.
The only personal information I hold about you is the information that you have provided, or I have received from any one who has made a referral to me about you (such as your GP or another therapist).
Your information is shared only where relevant and with your consent, i.e. with your doctor or with another health professional you are seeing. Also, financial information may be shared with a bookkeeper/ accountant for financial auditing purposes.
You may have provided me with the following data: contact details, relevant past experiences, medications or relevant health issues, personal and private situations. All this data is held in confidence by me and I abide by a Professional Code of Ethics as laid out by the Professional Body that I am a member of. These records are kept as password protected computer files.
Your personal data is held confidentially, however, in the following exceptions and situations it may be shared with other agencies: immediate risk of substantial harm to self or others; or under a legal requirement such as a court order.
Under data protection law, you have the right to request the information I hold about you, as well as to ask me to rectify the information or erase it.
I am required to keep your records for 7 years, after which your records are securely destroyed. If you have any issue with how your Data has been handled or are not satisfied with the response you have received to any request, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office by calling 0303 123 1113 or go online to www.ico.org.uk/concerns.
To assist me in working effectively with you, I shall keep confidential records about you. This will be in the form of the introductory information forms as well as ongoing session notes, which may hold personal information about your physical and mental health and any other necessary information that ensures I can work with you in a safe and holistic way. These records are kept as password protected computer files. The records are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.