Privacy Policy

This statement confirms how I, Rhea Hughes, of website and name of business ‘Rhea Hughes Counselling’ use and protect any information that you give to me when you use this service.

I am committed to safeguarding and protecting your information. If I ask you for any information then it will only be used according to this privacy statement.

I may change this policy from time to time in line with legislation and I advise that you check this page from time to time to be aware of any changes. This policy is effective from 25/05/2018.

By continuing to use my website ‘Rhea Hughes Counselling’, you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy and agreeing to my use of cookies described below.

For the purpose of Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation 2016 Rhea Hughes is the data controller of address 26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RH

Information collected

You may choose to give me information such as your name, email address, telephone number and some personal information about why you are seeking counselling by completing the form on my website or by contacting me by telephone or email.

How I store information

Emails are kept for 1 month unless they relate to an upcoming appointment in which case they are kept until that appointment date has passed.  Emails that are relevant to our therapeutic work, such as signposting information may be printed and kept as part of your client record if we go onto work with one another.  If you just make an enquiry and we do not proceed however, I will not keep a client record. Your first name and initial of your second name, email address and phone number will be stored in my phone until we stop working together or until your account has been settled and will be deleted if we do not proceed with an initial appointment.  Client records are kept for 7 years and then destroyed. 

 How I use information

I use information in order:

  • To carry out contracts between yourself and me and provide you with the services that you request from me
  • To administer my website, data analysis, statistical and survey purposes, testing.
  • To enable improvements to the website
  • To keep the website safe and secure
  • To keep client records if we go on to meet for an appointment
  • To run and maintain my business i.e. for financial records
  • To let you know of changes to my service 

IS INFORMATION EVER PASSED ON TO OTHERS?

The information you pass to me in the contact form or on the phone will be kept confidential except in the instance that you disclose serious illegal, terrorist or criminal activity where I may be required to contact the police.  If you indicate that you or someone else is at significant imminently risk of harm I may also be required to disclose this to the police or a GP if I have these details.  Some details you give me about your circumstances may form part of your client record should we meet for an initial appointment.  I can provide further detail about client records at a later stage or by request.

Information sent by contact form or email is not SSL protected and is therefore not encrytped.  Therefore the security of this information is unknown, so you may wish to consider how you feel about sending personal details via email and may prefer to do so by phone.

Cookies

My site does use cookies in order to distinguish you from other users, to enable social media functions and for the website to monitor traffic to the site.

You are able to disable cookies, which will prevent your visit being tracked. Some cookies are essential for the website to work properly.  I would advise you to disable cookies on your internet browser regularly.  Please see www.youronlinechoices.com/ukto provide you with information about cookies and www.aboutcookies.org for advice about deleting and managing cookies.

Like most websites my website uses Google Analytics (GA).  This data is used to look at the number of people using the site, how they find it and how they journey through the website.  It also records your IP address, which can personally identify you. Google do not give me access to this.

TWITTER

If you decide to follow me or to reply to a post of mine on Twitter, be aware that others may see this information so you may want to consider your confidentiality around this.  Twitter uses cookies to store information about you when you visit a site that has an embedded tweet or Twitter share button, as my website does.  Currently, it stores this information for 10 days but starting on June 18, it will keep this data for 30 days.

Access to information

You can request access to the personal information that I hold on you and except in limited circumstances when I am not permitted to do so for legal reasons, I will provide this information to you within 30 days.

If you feel that any information that I hold about you is inaccurate then you are able to ask me to update your information.  If you want me to delete your information then please do so in writing and I will endeavour to do so unless I need to keep it for legal, professional or internal business purposes.

Contact

If you wish to contact me with questions, concerns, complaints or request for your information then please contact me at:

Rhea Hughes Counselling, 26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RH,

Website: rheahughescounselling.co.uk
Email: contact@rheahughescounselling.co.uk
Telephone number: 07751777701

Data Protection Registration Number: ZA179536.