- The therapist required by law to keep a record, because this is necessary to monitor progress.
- The file is and remains in the ownership of the therapist.
- The dossier is destroyed ten years after completing treatment.
- Third parties are not allowed to access the data without written consent from the patient.
- You are granted to see the record but cannot take it with you. If you would like to do so, you may submit a request. The therapist will give you insight at short notice unless there are pressing reasons to refuse insight.
- Your data is stored safely in an enclosed space on a computer that is secured additionally with a password.
- The therapist is obliged to maintain the confidentiality of all confidential information derived as a part of the therapy from the client or from another source.
- Therefore, your data will not be disclosed to third parties, not even to close family members. Your data will only be revealed after your consent.
- The only exception to this is if your safety, or the safety of others, would be in danger due to this confidentiality. The therapist could be obliged, for example, to consult a general practitioner or another professional in these cases.
Consultation with third parties
• To facilitate proper treatment, consulting other professionals that are involved with you (e.g., psychologist, social worker, general practitioner) may be mandatory. Your written consent is needed to do so. Otherwise, it is a breach of confidentiality, as is described above.
• Usually, this contact with other practitioners consists of a letter or email containing the reason for registration and the goal of the treatment. The practitioner will receive a message about the date and the result of completing the procedure.
• Personal or telephone contact is preferred in some instances to align our procedures. The therapist will always inform you if this is the case.