Privacy policy

If you contact me and we progress to a counselling relationship, this privacy policy will apply.  This policy is also included on the contract you will sign to begin working with me in counselling sessions.

The information you provide in sessions will remain confidential between us.  I keep notes on our sessions for professional and legal purposes. As part of my professional standards I receive regular Supervision from a qualified Supervisor under a confidential and professional framework.  Your identity is not disclosed at Supervision.

Confidentiality may be broken under some exceptional circumstances:

  • If I believe there is serious risk of harm to yourself or others. I will do my best to discuss this disclosure with you first.
  • When there is a legal requirement to disclose information, either because it is ordered by a court or because the law requires such information must be passed to the relevant authorities without your consent.
  • Notes, including a summary log of communication between sessions, and contact details are securely stored in hard copy at my primary place of work, in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.  These records will be retained for a maximum of seven years after our final session, then securely destroyed. Electronic communications such as emails, answerphone messages and texts are kept for a maximum of six months.  You may request in writing at any time to see the information I hold on you.  If you believe records are incorrect you may request they be amended.

If your initial enquiry does not lead to arranging counselling sessions with me, any contact details and communications (emails, answerphone messages, texts, etc.) will be kept for a maximum of six months after our last contact for professional and legal purposes.

You may request in writing at any time to see the information I hold on you.