Training and Qualifications
I began working as a counsellor in the early 1980s when my initial training was with Relate - for whom I then worked on a voluntary basis, my main work, at the time, being as a teacher. After further training with Relate 1996-99, I successfully completed the Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling. During the same period, I worked towards a B.Phil. degree in individual counselling, which was awarded, in 1999, by the University of Birmingham. From 2000, I was a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and then, from 2008, a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, until, in 2014, I qualified as a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist with the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy - of which I am now a Professional member. As such, I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I have worked as a therapist in a wide range of contexts:
- Private practice for 10 years at Birmingham Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
- occupational health: as a counsellor with various Employee Assistance Programmes
- student counselling services at Birmingham and Aston Universities
- GP surgery
- Relate Couple Counselling
- Woodbourne Priory Hospital
Since 2008 I have worked full time in private practice in my own consulting room in Kings Heath
I subscribe to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy, and the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Under the General Date Protection Regulation (GDPR), I ‘process’ ‘data’ to enable me, as a Jungian Analytical Psychotherapist, working in the general area of healthcare, as described in article 9(2)(h) of the GDPR, to fulfil my contract to provide psychotherapy for my patients/clients. This is the legal basis of my ‘data processing’.
In this privacy statement I explain: how - in order to fulfil this contract - I ‘process’ relevant ‘data’; how I protect it; my understanding of your rights, as patients/clients, in relationship to it; and what I will do in the event of a ‘data’ breach.
The nature of the ‘data’ I hold, with whom, in general, I share/may share it, and the purposes of my ‘processing’ this ‘data’
I make a brief record of our appointments, and any case management issues that arise. I do this in order to facilitate my ongoing work with you.
I also record some personal details: name, address, email, telephone number, and GP, should I need, outside of our appointments, to contact you or your GP, as part of our work.
The organisations with which I am registered (WMIP, BPC) require me to be able to discuss our work in supervision. This is for the purpose of further facilitating our ongoing work. Discussion in supervision takes place anonymously and is itself confidential.
These organisations also require that I have two psychotherapy colleagues, who will act as executors of my professional will, in the event of my death, or serious illness. These colleagues have a sealed copy of your personal details (i.e. name, address, telephone etc). They keep this secure and confidential and will only open it in the event of my death or serious illness. This is so that they can then contact you to manage the situation for your therapeutic benefit. They also have instructions on how to access and shred my notes and records.
Further, to enable me to run my practice efficiently, and with probity, I keep a diary of my appointments and - for my accounts - copies of invoices and receipts. I also keep bank statements that record your payments to me. You should be aware that when you make a payment by bank transfer, the bank records your name on my statement. However, it is my understanding that both banks and accountants are required to operate within the law on data protection.
Finally, I may share relevant data with relevant others: if I am required to by law; or if you give your written permission; or - as part of my duty of care - if I hear of any danger to yourself, or harm to others.
Protection of this data
I take a number of steps to protect this data.
- No clinical notes or personal details are stored on a computer. They are, instead, stored on paper and, therefore, protected, from computer ‘hacking’.
- I write all my case notes without the use of your name. These notes are securely stored separately from my record of your personal details, which is also securely stored. This means that your identity cannot be linked to the notes regarding our therapeutic work.
- Any texts, emails or voice messages you send are deleted by me after being recorded on paper, if relevant. But, you should be aware that since they are not encrypted, they are vulnerable to interception. Also, you should be aware that a record may be kept by the provider of the email or phone service, who, as I understand it, is also required to operate within the law on data protection.
- Receipts are written using your first name only. Copies of my invoice to you contain only a reference. My bank statements are kept securely and confidentially, and separate from clinical notes. Appointments in my diary are made using your initials only.
- I keep the records of our appointments and your personal details for 6 years from the end of our work. I keep the records so that they remain available in the event of a complaint; and your personal details, so I can contact you in the event of a data breach. Then I shred them. I keep my accounts for 6 years as required by HMRC. Then I shred them. I shred my appointments diary at the end of each year.
In the event of a data breach
Should a data breach occur, I will let you, the Information Commissioner’s Office - with which I am registered - and, if necessary, the police, know. This will involve me taking advice about the best way to proceed in such an event.
Access to data
You are entitled to see the clinical notes of our appointments and the record of your personal details, if you wish. I need to keep the data I hold accurate, so if you require changes to be made, please let me know.