The nature of the work we do together means I collect and hold information of a personal nature about you; and I am committed to ensuring that I do this in a way that protects your privacy. What follows is a brief description of the law about holding personal information and the type of information I hold. There are times when confidentiality may need to be discussed with a third party and this is outlined below too.
As a private counsellor & psychotherapist I keep information about you (name, age, contact details, status etc) and brief session notes. In accordance with GDPR (2018) and the Data Protection Act 2018* all information I hold must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed unlawfully.
- Information must be obtained for specific lawful purposes
- Information must be adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Information must be accurate and kept up to date
- Information should not be held for longer than is necessary and should be processed according to an individual’s rights under law; and be protected in appropriate ways.
*You can find the data protection act here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/12/contents/enacted
How information is used
The information you share during therapy and on this website is confidential. Information will not be shared with anybody connected to you without your consent, and I will not inform anybody that we are working together without your consent, except the referring organisation (if applicable).
Information may be shared with other organisations if I decide that not sharing that information may place you, or anybody else, at risk of harm. For example, if you advise that you are a risk to yourself or others, you disclose a child or adult safeguarding concern, or a serious crime (terrorism, money laundering etc). Information may also be shared if it is demanded by a court of law.
The information I hold about you can be shared with you at any time. You can ask to see all data I keep about you and any notes I may make about our sessions. I am happy to go through this information with you.
Anonymised information will be shared routinely when discussing my caseload in Clinical Supervision. No client-identifiable information will ever be shared as part of this process.
Information received via my website contact form will be collected, stored securely and used to contact you in response to your enquiry. The website may use analytics to collect your IP address, email address, computer and connection information. The website may also use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times and length of visits to certain pages.
Email addresses may be used to send relevant updates, information or news.
If you have any concerns or questions about this policy or anything contained within it, please contact me so we can discuss further.
Marianne Taylor, MT Counselling