The recent and new Data Protection Regulations require all counsellors to inform you of any data that is collected about you and how this data is held and/or processed. I hope that any questions you may have regarding about my data collection policy will be answered here. I take my responsibility and commitment to your confidentiality seriously and should you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.
At the first session your consent is sought to collect any personal data and you have the right to request that personal data is not processed and/or held.
Your data will be kept safe. Your right to privacy will be respected and includes your right to make informed choices as to how I collect hold and/or process your personal details/data.
I use this information/data only for the purpose of contacting you and to offer you the best therapeutic service I can.
IS YOUR DATA SHARED
Information is only shared in the following circumstances;
Should you specifically request me to share your data with any third part for the purpose of a referral. I will need and request your written consent to do so having first discussed this with you.
If I am requested by law or by the national accrediting body the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) Code of Ethics (https://www.irish-counselling.ie/iacp-code-of-ethics)
During the first session I will explain to you about confidentiality and how important it is for you to feel safe enough to talk. I will explain the circumstances mentioned above to you fully during the first session and before we begin counselling/psychotherapy.
I keep a record of your name and contact details which you can request to see at any time. You can also request me to edit it or delete it. Data relating to e g preventative or occupational medicine may be kept, where you give me your consent to do so.
HOW LONG WILL YOUR DATA BE KEPT?
Information e.g. counselling notes will be kept securely locked for 7 years following the end of counselling in line with IACP’s guidelines. Any other information is only kept while you are attending counselling and then destroyed.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PERSONAL DATA
You have the right to know any data I collect and what I do with it.
You can at any stage withdraw your consent to collection of information/data at any time
You can at any time ask to see your personal data
You can ask to see your personal data, check for accuracy and if it is not accurate I must correct it
You can decide that at any time to withdraw your consent of your personal being kept by me
You can request your personal data to be destroyed/deleted