What data do I keep and why do I need it?
1) Registration Form (paper) which includes the following:
a) Name and age: this is basic information that helps me get to know you.
b) Address, email address, phone number: I use this as a way of contacting you regarding your sessions and ask for your preferred contact method.
c) Where you saw my advertisement: Marketing information for my own business records
d) Medical information: Only relevant medical information needed for counselling (ie mobility, any diagnoses, medication) if needed to know in any emergency whilst in session.
e) Doctors details: If I was worried that you were at risk then I may need to contact your doctor. This will always be discussed beforehand for your consent, unless in an emergency.
2) Clinical Notes (paper): brief notes (assigned to a coded ID) are taken to assist with my supervision sessions and for insurance purposes. These notes may contain sensitive personal data.
3) Unique ID code (Paper): to anonymise your notes (which is kept separate to your notes and contact information)
5) Your email and phone number may be stored on my password protected mobile phone in order for me to contact you regarding sessions for the duration of our work together.
6) Any relevant information from our email or text message exchanges are recorded onto your notes.
Will I share your data and if I do who will I share it with and for what purpose?
It is highly unlikely I will share your data. I will not sell it on or use it for unethical reasons. However, I may have to share it if:
My notes are subpoenaed by court
If I feel that you or someone else is in immediate danger, I am required by law to inform the necessary authority without seeking your permission in an emergency. In such a situation, the law may require that I share your personal information without your knowledge. However, at any other time I would seek your initial consent first.
I have also appointed a Clinical Executor. In the unfortunate event I can no longer work with you they will have access to your details and will get in touch with you
How do I store your data?
All data I keep on paper is stored in separate locked filing cabinets so that your notes remain unidentifiable. Your notes are kept separate from your registration form and Unique ID code.
Your phone number/email that may be kept in my business mobile phone and my email applications, which is passcode protected.
Data Retention and disposal
Your paper data: session notes, registration form and unique ID code are kept (separately) for 7 years. This is the legal requirement passed down to me by my insurance company. After this time, they will be shredded.
I will delete your phone number/email from of my mobile phone/computer 1 month after our work finishes.
All text messages/email communication exchanges will be deleted as soon as they are no longer needed and at least within 1 month of us finishing working together.
Under GDPR you are entitled to the:
Right to be informed
Which is the purpose of this privacy statement.
Right to Access and update records
You have the right to ask for a copy of your personal information, free of charge for the initial request and to receive this within 30 days from request. You also have the right to ask me to amend or change any incorrect information about you.
Right to be forgotten and restrict processing
You have the right to ask me to delete any information that I hold about you, including personal information that is no longer necessary – for example when our therapeutic relationship has ended or if you wish to withdraw consent. Please note that it is not an absolute right to be forgotten if I am legally obliged to keep any records requested by my insurance company.
You have the right to receive your personal information as previously provided, and to transfer this information to another party.
Right to object
You have a right to withdraw consent from me.
Please contact Kat Quinn, the data controller/processor for Quintessence Counselling via email if you would like to exercise your rights listed above.
If you are not happy with the way I use your data you can complain to the ICO at or call 0303 123 1113.
If you do not consent to me using your data in this way, it is unlikely that I will be able to work with you for legal reasons.
As we are using the internet more for communications these days, GDPR (data protection) requires me to tell you what happens to your information in more detail when using an internet service from a third party. Below are the services in which I currently use and that you may come in contact with.
General Enquiries (non-clients)
Deleting Browser History and Cookies
You may be in a situation where you do not want anyone who has access to your computer to know that you are looking for a counselling service and so this may be particularly important for your safety to know how to erase your internet search history and cookies from any websites that you have visited whilst looking for a counsellor. Information can be found here on how to do this. Please note that I am not liable for any potential issues this may cause to any of your devices from this third party website.
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