As a private practitioner it is necessary for me to hold and keep personal information about my clients. All contact details are kept in paper and online format. Paper details are stored in a locked cabinet accessible only by myself and online records are encrypted and password protected.
Session notes are kept online only and again these are encrypted and password protected. No personal details are associated with client notes which are identifiable by case number only. In line with insurance guidelines, session notes will be kept for 5 years from the end of our work together.
You do have a right to request me to store your personal information differently if you are not happy with the above. If you have any concerns about how your information may be used please feel free to discuss this matter further with me.