As part of providing a GP-counselling service to you I will need to collect and record personal information from you that is relevant to your current situation. This information will be a necessary part of the treatment that is conducted.
All client files will remain the property of Dr Adrian Hekel.
You may access the material recorded in your file upon request, subject to the exceptions in National Privacy Principles. Your notes will be kept on file for a period of 7 years.
All personal information gathered during the provisions of this service will remain confidential except when:
1. It is subpoenaed by a court or otherwise required by law,
2. Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at risk, or
3. Your approval has been obtained to
a. Provide a written report to another professional or agency.
b. Discuss your material with another person. E.g. A partner, parent or employer etc.
4. Professional supervision if applicable, with client identity always concealed.