Confidentiality & Data
The Hill Counselling Practice (THCP) is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Register of Data Controllers (ICO) registration number: ZB273655 and as such is required to be transparent about how and why personal data is gathered, recorded, stored, how and when it is deleted.
When you contact THCP via email, mobile/text or telephone your contact details will be stored electronically, either on a PC or mobile phone. For the purposes of anonymity your mobile contact details are stored under an identifier code known only to the therapist. Your full name will not be stored against your number.
Your contact details will be used in order to: arrange an initial consultation; bookings; manage communications around scheduled appointments and for video call sessions. Your details will be kept for the duration of our work together. This contact information will then be deleted a month after we have finished working together.
During your first session you will be asked to read and sign a counselling contract and to complete a referral summary form containing your contact information along with your details and doctors telephone number.
Storing your personal information:
All personal information is stored on a password protected PC and session notes are stored in a locked cabinet. You are not identified by name in session notes. Notes are retained for the legal requirement of 7 years after which time will be shredded.
All sessions will be conducted in confidence, the date, session number and brief notes will be documented.
Confidentiality, in accordance with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), will be maintained and applied to all records with the exception of the following:
When you have given your permission to share information. When compelled to give evidence by a court of law Safeguarding adults (adult protection) Safeguarding children (child protection) Offences involving children under the age of 18. In cases of terrorism, fraud or money laundering.
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