GDPR

As well as my therapy agreement, you will also receive details of the privacy policy as set out by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data I collect from you, as therapist, or that you will provide, will be processed.

Please read the following carefully to understand how I will treat and regard your personal data in compliance with the GDPR and my insurers Holistic Insurance. I am more than happy to discuss any questions you may have. If you are happy with what I set out to do with your personal data please can you sign the consent below.

HOW I GATHER YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Information that you provide by emailing me via my website www.sarahhansionpsychothreapy.com, BACP Find a Therapist, UCKP, Counselling Directory, ACTO, AAMET, GEO, Welldoing.Org, Therapy Route, or by phone to request further information about my psychotherapy or supervision service.
  • If you contact me by email sarahhanison@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07985 541 213; records of the correspondence may be kept.
  • The pre-therapy questionnaire form.
  • Brief session notes.
  • Regarding online therapy, I use the platforms VSee and ProtonMail. Both platforms are securely encrypted.

WHERE I STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

  • Personal data that I collect from you via any form of contact by email or phone will be kept securely.
  • The pre-therapy questionnaire from, your contact details, and brief session notes are stored on a computer and password protected.
  • The brief session notes are anonymised, using your initials only and are password protected.
  • I take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

USES MADE OF THE INFORMATION

  • I use your contact details to allow me to provide you with information of the service that you request from me; to allow you to tell me about changes in your availability, if you choose to do so, and to notify you about changes to my availability.
  • I use the brief session notes to carry out my obligation arising from the agreement entered into between you and me (separate to this policy). As part of my commitment to providing a professional service, I attend supervision regularly. This is bound by a confidentiality contract (separate to this policy) and furthermore to protect your identity I only use the initial of your first name.

HOW LONG I KEEP YOUR NOTES FOR

  • I will retain your pre-therapy questionnaire, contact details and brief sessions notes for as long as we are working together and up to a year after we end in case you decide to return to therapy with me. If, for some reason I intend to keep your information for longer I will discuss this with you.
  • Then as part of my ongoing commitment to your safety, the pre-therapy questionnaire, contact details, and brief session notes will be securely removed from my smartphone and computer.

YOUR RIGHTS

  • You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that I hold. All requests have a month to be carried out.

IN THE EVENT OF A DATA BREACH

  • I have a legal obligation to report a data breach to you and the Informations Commissioners Office (ICO) within 72 hours.

DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • In the event of my incapacity or death your personal contact information will be disclosed to my two clinical executors of my professional Will so that they can notify you. In the event of my death my executors will also destroy all contact information and notes on my computer.
  • If I am under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation. For example, if I am subpoenaed to court, or as a legal requirement such as safeguarding children or vulnerable adults, terrorism or money laundering.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

  • I will notify you of changes I may make to this privacy policy in the future.

RECORDING CONSENT

  • Your use and undertaking of the services of Sarah Hanison constitutes your approval and acceptance of this agreement., and are consenting to my use, and storage of your personal information, you have disclosed to me, as detailed above. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.