Personal data held in paper form is kept in a locked cabinet and securely encrypted in electronic form on a computer. The security, integrity and confidentiality of personal information is maintained with the utmost care and respect in protecting your rights to privacy. Information will not be used for any purpose other than the assessment and delivery of therapy.
Personal data is kept for 7 years, in accordance with the recommendation of The British Psychological Society practice guidelines on retention of clinical data. After that time it is securely deleted and destroyed.
You may request the deletion of your personal data before 7 years, after your sessions have ended though do bear in mind that it may be of use should you wish to return to therapy again in the future.
It is sometimes helpful to share information from assessment or therapy with your GP, Psychiatrist or another relevant health professional or necessary if you are seeking authorisation for funding from a Health Insurer or other funding body. I will always seek your permission before sending a letter or report, discuss the content and give you a copy.
Signing below indicates your consent to the above. Please inform me if you wish to opt out and withdraw consent. In rare circumstances, when there is deemed to be significant risk to yourself or another individual, I have a duty of care that takes priority; this overrides usual confidentiality requirements. I’m also obliged to report any serious crime that hasn’t previously become known to the proper authorities.
Letters and reports sent between us or from myself to another professional or organisation involved in your care will, if posted, be marked private and confidential and, if emailed, encrypted and sent password-protected. Any telephone texts sent or received will be on a password-protected mobile telephone.
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