GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Statement.Information on How your Personal Information is Collected, Stored and Processed when contracted to LGBT Couple Counselling (UK).
What is GDPR?
The right to privacy is part of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights. It says: “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.”
GDPR aims to ensure the protection of this right through legislation establishing minimum data privacy and security standards.
Personal data – is any information that relates to an individual who can be directly or indirectly identified. Names and email addresses are obviously personal data. Location information, ethnicity, gender, biometric data, religious beliefs, web cookies, and political opinions can also be personal data. Pseudonymous data can also fall under the definition if it’s relatively easy to ID someone from it.
Data processing – is any action performed on data, whether automated or manual. The examples cited in the text include collecting, recording, organizing, structuring, storing, using, erasing, etc.
Below is detailed what personal data LGBT Couple Counselling will collect and how it is processed and destroyed.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is concerned with your personal data that I collect, store, and share. This page details my GDPR policy. A note about GMail (Outlook etc) and Electronic Messaging Systems - free electronic email & messaging services (Gmail, Outlook, Facebook, WhatsApp etc) regularly read incoming & outgoing messages electronically. One of the reasons for this is that the service gains knowledge about the messaging user for the purposes of selling advertising to other companies. To put it plainly: if you email me about the topic of, say, your sexuality using your GMail address it's very likely sexuality will be associated with your email account... which will possibly attract associated advertising topics wherever you're logged in with that same account (eg Google.com).
Personal Data I will Collect.
How I will store your Personal Data.
Consultation. I seek a monthly consultation with another therapist qualified in this process. The consultation process is for my practice (rather than seeking instruction on working with you). In order to protect your privacy, my consultant will not know you personally nor professionally. I will refer to you by your first name, and I may refer to your data verbally when it's helpful to my professional processes. *Session summaries are my aide mémoire to assist me in my consultation processes; they are my property.
Therapeutic Will. Your name and contact details will be shared with my Therapeutic Executor. This is so that you will be contacted on the event of my death, should you still be in therapy with me.
Emergencies. If your health is in jeopardy (provided I have your consent) I may share your contact data with an emergency healthcare service (e.g. Mental Health Crisis Team). If I have become aware of your intent to cause harm to another person/organisation (e.g. terrorism), the law may require that I inform an authority without seeking your permission. In such a situation, the law may require that I share your personal data without your knowledge (known as: whistle-blowing).
Erasing your Data. When we have finished working together, I will erase electronic copies of your data & correspondence within one month. I will hold onto your written/printed data for up to seven years past the end of our working together. This is so that I have a reference of our work in situations such as you returning to counselling in the future. After this time has passed, I will destroy the written/printed data.
Your Rights. You have the following rights...
** With individual counselling "you/your" refers to yourself alone. With couple and group counselling "you/your" refers to you as an individual and therefore you may only make a GDPR Data Request for data held about you as an individual; you may not request data held on your partner (couples) and you may not request data held on any other member of the therapy group (groups). *With respect to my session notes they reference either the individual (individual counselling), the couple's relationship (couple counselling) or the group dynamic (group counselling) depending on the counselling service contracted. Therefore, to request a copy of my notes under GDPR: as a couple both your permissions will be required (and a copy will be sent to both partners simultaneously), and for a group every group member's permission will be required (and a copy will be sent to all group members simultaneously). NB: A printed copy of this statement will be given to you when we first meet for counselling. If we agree to continue working together, we will both sign the printed copy of this statement to indicate our agreement.
A note about GMail (Outlook etc) and Electronic Messaging Systems - free electronic email & messaging services (Gmail, Outlook, Facebook, WhatsApp etc) regularly read incoming & outgoing messages electronically. One of the reasons for this is that the service gains knowledge about the messaging user for the purposes of selling advertising to other companies. To put it plainly: if you email me about the topic of, say, your sexuality using your GMail address it's very likely sexuality will be associated with your email account... which will possibly attract associated advertising topics wherever you're logged in with that same account (eg Google.com).Best advice I can give is (a) to read the terms of service your free messaging provider and (b) to be cautious in what data you include when communicating electronically.
About Dean Richardson MNCS(Accred/Reg)
You could choose any counsellor…
Given that this will be the most intimate and vulnerable you could be with your partner(s), you would want a skilled professional whose expertise you could trust, and whose focus would be upon your distinct relationship. Your couple or group relationship will be in good hands with Dean. He works from Great Britain, is Independent of "box 'em/shift 'em" therapy services and identifies as a gay couple counsellor. He's also easily payable in pounds sterling! Dean already had an impressive 14 years actual video webcam experience way before the first British emergency began (when suddenly counsellors added a Video option to their portfolio, having not practiced so previously! 🤔).
What makes Dean a Distinct Counsellor
Dean focuses on LGBT/QIA+ relationships as a specialty in therapy. He works with individuals, couples and small groups. Plus, he's qualified to a postgraduate level (Chichester PG Diploma in Psychodynamic / Systemic Couple Counselling, IGA National Foundation in Group Counselling) as a private practice counsellor*.
(*Note: not all counsellors, particularly those who are trained by common "Individual" Counselling qualifications, have such specific qualifications for working with couples or groups. Nor do they have experience in working with therapeutic relationships. Such counsellors may try, perhaps out of misplaced goodwill, to employ "individual" techniques but the couple or group find that the approach is ineffective. This is simply because your relationship is not part of the counsellor's primary theoretical framework nor rationale. A couple is not: "individual-counselling-multiplied-by-two." Remember to always ask your potential counsellor: "what qualifies you to work with our relationship?" and trust your instincts based on the responses you hear.
- 1 GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Statement.
- 1.1 What is GDPR?
- 1.2 Personal Data I will Collect.
- 1.3 How I will store your Personal Data.
- 1.4 How I may Process/Share your Personal Data.
- 1.5 Your Rights.
- 1.6 About Dean Richardson MNCS(Accred/Reg)