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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to me, and you can be confident that your personal information will be kept safe and secure and will only be used for the purpose it was given to me. I adhere to current data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU/2016/679) (the GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. This privacy notice tells you what I will do with your personal information from initial point of contact through to after your therapy has ended, including:

 

• Why I am able to process your information and what purpose I am processing it for 

• Whether you have to provide it to me 

• How long I store it for 

• Whether there are other recipients of your personal information 

• Whether I intend to transfer it to another country

• Whether I do automated decision-making or profiling 

• Your data protection rights.

 

I am happy to chat through any questions you might have about my data protection policy, and you can contact me via jothacker@protonmail.com  ‘Data controller’ is the term used to describe the person/ organisation that collects and stores and has responsibility for people’s personal data. In this instance, the data controller is me, Joanne Thacker. I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office ZB608807. My postal address is: 4 Grizedale Close, Crewe, CW2 8NY. My phone number is: 07732775387. My email address is: jothacker@protonmail.com

 

My lawful basis for holding and using your personal information 

The GDPR states that I must have a lawful basis for processing your personal data. There are different lawful bases depending on the stage at which I am processing your data. I have explained these below: 

If you have had therapy with me and it has now ended, I will use legitimate interest as my lawful basis for holding and using your personal information. 

If you are currently having therapy or if you are in contact with me to consider therapy, I will process your personal data where it is necessary for the performance of our contract.

 

The GDPR also makes sure that I look after any sensitive personal information that you may disclose to me appropriately. This type of information is called ‘special category personal information.’ The lawful basis for me processing any special categories of personal information is that it is for provision of health treatment (in this case counselling) and necessary for a contract with a health professional (in this case, a contract between me and you). 

How I use your information 

Initial contact. When you contact me with an enquiry about my counselling services, I will collect information to help me satisfy your enquiry. This will include your name, email address and phone number.  Alternatively, your GP or other health professional may send me your details when making a referral or a parent or trusted individual may give me your details when making an enquiry on your behalf. 

If you decide not to proceed, I will ensure all your personal data is deleted within 3-5 working days. If you would like me to delete this information sooner, just let me know. 

While you are accessing counselling 

Rest assured that everything you discuss with me is confidential. That confidentiality will only be broken if are legal or ethical obligations to disclose, for example, if you disclose a crime (terrorism) or abuse/neglect of a child or vulnerable adult or say something else that implies serious harm to yourself or others, or if a court of law requires me to disclose information. I will always try to speak to you about this first, unless there are safeguarding issues that prevent this.  

The BACP Privacy notice guide 4 - I will keep a record of your personal details to help the counselling services run smoothly. These details are kept securely on fully secure cloud-based software and are not shared with any third party.  

I keep brief notes of our therapy sessions for the purpose of assisting our work together. The notes help me to keep track of the issues that we are working on, and they are for my use only and you are not identifiable by these notes. 

For security reasons I do not retain text messages for more than the duration of your sessions. If there is relevant information contained in a text message, I will transfer these to your secure online notes. Likewise, any email correspondence will be deleted after our sessions are complete if it is not important.  

After counselling has ended 

Once counselling has ended your records will be kept for seven years from the end of our contact with each other and are then securely destroyed. If you want me to delete your information sooner than this, please tell me.

 

Third party recipients of personal data 

I sometimes share personal data with third parties, for example, where I have contracted with a supplier to carry out specific tasks. In such cases I have carefully selected which partners I work with. I take great care to ensure that I have a contract with the third party that states what they are allowed to do with the data I share with them. I ensure that they do not use your information in any way other than the task for which they have been contracted. 

Your rights 

I try to be as open as I can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. You have a right to ask me to delete your personal information, to limit how I use your personal information, or to stop processing your personal information. You also have a right to ask for a copy of any information that I hold about you and to object to the use of your personal data in some circumstances. You can read more about your rights at www.ico.org.uk/your-data-matters .

 

If I do hold information about you I will:

 

• give you a description of it and where it came from;  

• tell you why I am holding its, tell you how long I will store your data and how I made this decision;  

• tell you who it could be disclosed to;  

• let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.  

You can also ask me at any time to correct any mistakes there may be in the personal information I hold about you.

 

To make a request for any personal information I may hold about you, please put the request in writing addressing it to jothacker@protonmail.com

If you have any complaint about how I handle your personal data, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by writing or emailing the contact details given above. I would welcome any suggestions for improving my data protection procedures.  

If you want to make a formal complaint about the way I have processed your personal information you can contact the ICO which is the statutory body that oversees data protection law in the UK. For more information go to www.ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint  

Data security 

I take the security of the data I hold about you very seriously and as such I make every effort to make sure it is kept secure. All my client information is stored both electronically and physically. Personal information is stored electronically on devices that are password and/or I.D. protected, and in files that are further password protected and only accessible by me. Names and contact details are stored separately to other personal information (anonymised format). Information is stored physically using paper records held securely in locked storage in an anonymised format. These records are only accessible by me. 

Visitors to my website

 

When someone visits my website, I use a third-party service, Wix to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. I do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way that does not identify anyone. I do not make, and do not allow Wix to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting my website.  

I use legitimate interests as my lawful basis for holding and using your personal information in this way when you visit my website. 

I use Wix so that I can continually improve my service to you. You can read Wix’s privacy notice here https://www.wix.com/about/privacy  

The website uses cookies and Google Analytics. Almost all websites use cookies which are small files that get put on your computer by websites as you surf them. These cookies can store lots of information which can have privacy implications. Google Analytics is a service provided by Google that gathers anonymous data on how people are using websites and then provides visitor statistics, details of page views etc. This service is used by many website owners as the data helps website owners to improve their websites.  

Like most websites, we use cookies to help the site work more efficiently - find out about our use of cookies https://allaboutcookies.org/ . No user-specific data is collected by me or any third party. If you fill in a form on my website, that data will be temporarily stored on the web host before being sent to me. 

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