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16th July 2019 

Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

I offer private and confidential help to my clients.

Everything discussed during the counselling session is strictly confidential. I will not normally share any information from or about you with a third party, unless I have reason to believe that someone, especially a child is at risk of serious harm. In the cases where disclosure to a third party is necessary, you would be informed about it.

At all times I am guided by supervision, the BACP ethical guidelines and my legal obligations.

I am committed to Continuous Professional Development to keep up to date with new developments in the field.

Privacy Policy
The General Data Protection Regulation

This privacy policy governs the manner in which Renata Rossi uses, maintains and discloses information collected from clients using Renata Rossi Psychotherapy & Counselling Services. This privacy policy applies to the practice, website and services offered by Renata Rossi online, by telephone or within her private practice.

(Clients seeking therapy will be issued with a paper copy of the Privacy Policy at their Initial Assessment which contains the following information & they will be asked to sign that they understand & agree with how information is collected, stored & held before therapy can commence.)

I collect:

Personal Information
Name
Occupation
Address
Preferred contact number
Counselling History
Ethnic Origin
Medical conditions relevant to counselling
Medications
Client expectation from counselling

How I store information:

Handwritten notes pertaining to sessional content & personal details are kept separate in a locked cabinet.

Smart phone: My smart phone is locked & is only accessible using a password. I store your contact number but I do not save any names to numbers.

Email /Txts: Email addresses are stored in my Outlook account. Txt messages are only assigned to numbers not names.

Website: No personal information is stored on my website other than to momentarily collect & send enquiries to my outlook account for initial contact purposes.

Third party websites: Clients may find content on my website that link to the sites of other third parties. I do not control these sites which have a link to mine and I am not responsible for how they collect, store or use information

Documents Held:

Contract/Agreement form (client is issued with a copy at commencement of counselling & copy held by the counsellor for reference)
Privacy statement signed by client (client is issued with a copy at commencement of counselling & copy held by the counsellor for reference)
Assessment form
Contact card
Client code
Client sessional notes, kept for 5 years to comply with Insurance policy terms.

How I may share your personal information:

Supervision: I attend monthly clinical supervision to ensure my practice remains safe & ethical. Session details & client codes may be shared with my Supervisor.

Emergencies: If your health is in jeopardy I may share your details with a healthcare service such as your GP or Mental Health Crisis Team.

Erasing your information: All electronic enquiries are erased after 3 months. All texts & contact numbers are erased 3 months following the cessation of therapy.

I hold your written information for up to 5 years following the cessation of therapy. This is so I have a reference should you decide to return to therapy in the future.

Your Rights:

Right to Access: You have the right to ask for a copy of your personal information, free of charge, in an electronic or paper format. You also have the right to ask me to amend or change any incorrect information about you.

Right to be Forgotten: You have the right to ask me to erase any information that I hold about you. This includes your personal information that is no longer relevant to original purposes, or if you wish to withdraw consent. In all cases and when considering such requests, these rights are obligatory unless it’s information that I have a legal obligation to retain.

Data Portability: As the client, you have the right to receive your personal information which you previously provided, also you have the right to transfer that information to another party. For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018, the data “controller” is Renata Rossi (Renata Rossi Psychotherapy & Counselling Services) May 2018