General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
I have a responsibility under GDPR legislation to provide individuals with information about how I process their personal data.
So that we can contact each other to make or amend arrangements I keep your contact details (phone number and/or email address as agreed with you).
In the first session I also usually record information such as your date of birth, age, GP/surgery and medications. I also usually ask for information about current and significant past partners, close family, supportive friends and networks. This is basic information that helps me understand your social and psychological context and some of it is also recorded for legal and safeguarding purposes.
I also keep brief notes about our work together to support the quality and progress of the sessions.
Your contact details will be kept with my written notes in a locked filing cabinet.
I keep these contact details, basic personal information and notes for 7 years as recommended by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). You have a right to access these notes whilst I hold them. After this time they will be shredded.
My supervisor also holds an up-to-date paper of my current clients so that they can contact my clients in case of an emergency when I may not be able to do so myself. This is part of my ‘clinical will’ and is held securely and confidentially by my supervisor.
All information collected will not be shared with anyone else for any reason (with the exceptions mentioned in my Information about the Counselling/Therapy document).
If you would like to know about GDPR please look at the Information Commissioner’s Office website: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/.