Please take a minute to read through this statement of legal and ethical requirements of practice regarding data protection and transparency of information storage and usage. You will be asked to sign a copy of this, along with the client contract during our initial session. Thank you.
Your personal information is stored securely and confidentially, either electronically, using Healthkit with password protection, on password protected computers or mobile phones or in paper format which is stored in a locked cabinet, coded for protection. The data collected is used to enable effective communication during the therapeutic process, it is used in a safe and ethical manner and is in line with EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) May 2018.
It may become necessary to share your data with a third party if we feel you, or someone else close to you, is at risk of significant harm. Unless the risk is imminent, this will be discussed with you before appropriate disclosure. We do have a legal obligation to break confidentiality in compliance with a court order, concerns over child protection and information or knowledge regarding fraud, drug trafficking or acts of terrorism.
Your contact details are held securely for up to 1 year after the therapeutic process has ended and session notes will be held securely and confidentially for 7 years after the therapeutic process has ended, at which point they will be deleted or destroyed accordingly.
You have the right to ask for a copy of your personal information, also the right to ask your counsellor to amend or change any incorrect information about you.
You have the right to ask your counsellor to erase any information that they hold about you. This includes your personal information that is no longer relevant to original purposes, or if you wish to withdraw consent. In all cases and when considering such requests, these rights are obligatory unless it is information that we have a legal obligation to retain.
As the client, you have the right to receive your personal information which you previously provided, and also have the right to transfer that information to another party. For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) May 2018, the data “controller” is Sue Corcoran - Integrate Counselling and Psychotherapy.