Our sessions are private and confidential. This means I will not normally give your name or any information about you to anyone else. However, should there be a legal or ethical reason to release your information to anyone, I would discuss this with you prior to taking this step. Examples of this would be if I felt you were at serious risk of harm, or should a child be at risk. In the event of needing to break confidentiality, I would discuss this with you first unless I felt the chance of risk would increase for you or someone else.
When we first meet, I will collect information from you such as contact details, GP and why you are seeking therapy. As stated in the General Data Protection Regulation May (GDPR) 2018 this sensitive personal data will be stored securely and treated as strictly confidential. This sensitive personal data will not be used for any other reason other than to provide the service to you.
You have a right to access these records. Should you feel there is a problem with how these records are managed, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). All records are kept for a period of 7 years, after which time, they are destroyed.
In addition to the above information, please be aware that the client records I hold are not suitable as evidence in legal proceedings. I reserve the right to resist legal requests to produce the records in court as I feel this will contradict my duty of confidentiality to you and my other clients.