What information do I collect about you?
I collect information about your current and previous psychological and physical health, and your current and previous social and family circumstances during your appointments. I will also collect information about you when you voluntarily complete questionnaires. I may also collect sensitive personal information defined as “Special Category Data” such as your sexual behaviour or orientation because I am providing psychological assessment or treatment to you.
How will I use the information about you?
I collect information about you to provide you with psychological recommendations or treatment. This information is confidential. I discuss
your personal information in supervision with my supervisor who is another psychologist or psychotherapist for the purposes of ensuring that my practice is safe and effective, and as mandated by my professional bodies. I do not reveal your name when I share your information in supervision. My supervisor does not share your personal information with anyone else. If applicable I will from time to time write to your referrer with a summary of your treatment and progress and will always obtain your consent and show you the content of such letters before sending them.
Sharing your personal information with third parties
I do not discuss your personal information with third parties. However, if my professional opinion was that there was an immediate and serious risk that you might harm yourself or someone else then I may have to share your personal information with a third party such as your GP or the emergency services without first obtaining your consent. This might be because it is not practically possible to obtain your consent or because attempting to do so might lead to a delay in accessing help and therefore endanger your life or that of another.
In situations where I did have to share your personal information with third parties to protect you or another, I will only share your personal information in so far as it is relevant and necessary to protect you or someone else. I will inform you what personal information I shared and to whom. It is possible that your personal information may be requested by a Court of Law, Coroner’s Office or Professional Body in which circumstances you may have limited or no rights of refusal.
If you are under the age of eighteen I will not share information with your parents/carers without your permission unless I believe you are at risk of serious harm. Where possible this would be discussed with you in advance. Young people often find it helpful to share elements of our discussions with their parents/ carers. This can help the family to understand what is going on and how they can help. If you would like to do this I will support you to do so in whatever way you feel most comfortable with.
Access to your information and correction
You have the right to request a copy of the information that I hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email me at I want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask me to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate. You have the right to ask me to erase the personal information I hold about you. I can refuse the request if your personal information is needed in the defence or exercise of legal claims, or I believe there is an overriding legitimate interest to retain your information.
How I store your information
I keep your personal information in electronic records using your initials as identifiers. This information is stored on a GDPR compliant cloud storage system (Tresorit) with end to end encryption. I store paper session notes in a locked filing cabinet in my office, these are scanned into Tresorit after each session and the originals are destroyed at the end of our therapy sessions.
Length of storage of your personal information
I keep your personal information and the record of our work together for six years. I then erase your records.
How to contact me
Right to complain
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office without prejudice about the processing of your personal data: www.ico.org.uk
Regardless of your location all of my work is governed by English law and any disputes will be resolved in the English courts.