Confidentiality and Data Protection
Any personal data or information generated as a result of counselling (such as session notes) will be held by me and stored securely and confidentially, either electronically, using codes with password protection or in paper format which is stored in a locked cabinet. 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.
Whatever you say in counselling is confidential. However it may be necessary for me to share information and sometimes data with a third party if I feel you or someone else close to you, is at risk of significant harm. This could be if you're at risk of harm to yourself, at risk of harm from others or if you pose a risk harm to others. I 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 will be held securely for up to 1 year after the therapeutic process has ended and session notes will be held securely and confidentially for 5 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 me to amend or change any incorrect information about you.
You have the right to ask me to erase any information that I hold about you. This includes 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 I have a legal obligation to retain.
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 Emma Pereira.