Practical Information

The fee for the initial session is £45.

  • We can agree the fee for ongoing sessions at our initial meeting.

I usually offer two sessions, this allows enough time for you to get a picture of me and for me to get a sense of you. I will be forming a full picture of your situation and emotional needs.

Session Times

  • Session times can be arranged by mutual agreement.
  • I can offer afternoon and evening session times to accommodate work commitments.
  • All sessions are 50 minutes long.

Online Working

Online Psychotherapy: I offer online psychotherapy and psychodynamic counselling. Issues of security and confidentiality are different with online work. I outline these issues in a letter for you about your initial appointment and they will be discussed in your initial sessions. I am insured to offer online psychotherapy and psychodynamic counselling. 

Privacy Notice: Counselling and Psychotherapy

The recent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) builds on the existing Data Protection Act and now requires anyone who holds and uses personal data in their business to provide a Privacy Notice.

It should provide a clear and concise outline as to what personal information is held about you, how and why it is used including whether it is shared with third parties, how long it is stored and your rights of access to this personal data.

In my work I am bound by the ethical framework and the accreditation requirements of the professional body with whom I am registered: the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). This organisation is concerned primarily with maintaining high professional standards within the field of Psychotherapy. It oversees the accreditation and reaccreditation of the psychotherapists registered with them (education, training, and continuing professional development) as well as addressing and maintaining ethical standards, safeguarding and quality assurance.

Privacy Notice (Summary)

I store and use the personal information that you choose to share with me to enable me to undertake my work as a Psychotherapist. Without this information I would be unable to provide a professional service to you. It enables me to keep in contact with you; to maintain my accounts and records in line with current tax requirements; and most especially to think about and explore with you the issues that brought you to seek therapy  (within the ethical framework, requirements and guidance of my professional registering bodies). My understanding is that under GDPR, the lawful basis of such information usage is referred to as, ‘legitimate business’.

Your personal data is held in the strictest confidence; I continue to comply with the law (Data Protection Act and now GDPR. I do not share personal information with third parties unless it is at your specific request and/or with your informed consent following on from a full discussion between us.

Rare exceptions to the disclosure of confidential information are in circumstances of significant threat to life, of yours or other(s). Please see the section of my Privacy notice that gives further details.

Please note that when you contact me through my website an automated email is sent but your email is not accessible to anyone else..

When we end our work together I usually keep your personal information for at least six years after the finish date; this is in line with good practice, in case you should wish to return or there is any query about the quality of my work. If you do not wish me to hold any aspect of this data then you need to contact me to clarify what data will be held and for what time period.

GDPR spells out your access rights including that you have a right to be aware of the data I collect, to be able check and correct the data and to explore and challenge the way in which I use it. If you have concerns please discuss them with me so that we can explore and address any anxieties or issues together.

In addition to the summary above a more detailed Privacy Notice follows below…

Privacy Notice (Detailed)

Who is collecting data?

Name: Jenny Leslie Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Psychodynamic Counsellor    
Address: 17 George St, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 5HJ
Telephone: 01442 769834
Email: jennyleslie@hotmail.com
Website: https:www.jennyleslie.co.uk

Jenny Leslie  is a qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). She is a senior member of AGIP [Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy] , working in private practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, in Hemel Hempstead.

Further details of her background, qualifications and affiliations are available elsewhere on this website in the section ‘About Me’

How do you collect data …. and what data is being collected?

I collect and process brief information relevant to my work as a psychotherapist which you choose to share with me as we explore and think about your concerns.

The following personal data is held securely on my computer, telephone or in filing cabinets:-

  • Name and contact details: Home address; Telephone number(s); Email address.
  • Sessions: Day(s) and time(s); date work began/ended.
  • Financial: Payment records.
  • Agreements that guide how we work together: e.g. Initial appointment letter and initial consultation; other correspondence or reviews as appropriate.
  • Background Notes, brief and pertinent to work: e.g. area(s) of concern which brought you to seek therapy; date of birth; family history; key life events; current support network; GP name and address and relevant medication (where appropriate).

Using the categories identified by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) this information may include personal details: family details; lifestyle and social circumstances; goods and services; financial details; and employment and education details. On occasion I may also process sensitive classes of information as defined by the ICO such as: physical or mental health details; sexual life; racial or ethnic origin; trade union membership; religious or other beliefs of a similar nature; offences and alleged offences.

What is the legal basis for processing this data?

I process personal information which you share with me solely to enable me to undertake my work as a  Psychotherapist. Using the categories identified by the ICO, my understanding is that this can be regarded as lawful usage since it is legitimate business interest under GDPR.

How will the information be used?

This personal information enables me to: keep in contact with you; to undertake psychotherapy. i.e. think about and explore with you the issues which have brought you to seek therapy in line with current good practice; and to maintain my accounts and records in line with current tax requirements.

I do not use your data for marketing purposes.

Is the data secure?

Your personal data is held securely and in the strictest confidence. Electronic data is stored on my password-protected computer and/or phone. Paper data is stored in locked filing cabinets.

Please note that when you contact me through my website the automated email is sent and is not available to anyone else.

Will the data be shared with anyone else?

1. Personal, identifiable information:

This is ordinarily confidential to the psychotherapy relationship.

I do not share personal information with third parties unless it is at your specific request and/ or with your informed consent following on from a full discussion between us of the matter.

However, there are rare occasions when there are exceptions, when it may be necessary or required that I share information with a third party, these reasons are given below. Whenever and wherever possible this step would always be discussed with you beforehand and permission sought before such contact is made.

  • Emergency: I have one  trusted experienced colleague who acts as my clinical trustee. She  keeps a sealed copy of the contact details of the people with whom I work – specifically name, address, phone number and email address – so that you can be contacted in the event of an emergency and I am unable to do so myself. This is in line with good practice and a requirement of the UKCP. The national professional body with whom I am registered.
  • Serious risk to self or others: I may need to contact other professionals e.g. when someone is very unwell I may need to contact their GP or other appropriate professional to express my concerns for their well-being or for the well being of others. This might include determined, active intention to commit suicide; or children / minors currently at risk of abuse. As stated previously, whenever and wherever possible this step would always be discussed with the person beforehand and permission sought before such contact is made.

2. Anonymised Information:

I use anonymised data, to reflect upon the nature of issues arising in the work in order to develope my clinical practice and serve the best interests of the people with whom I work. This may be a process of self-reflection or may be in the setting of a clinical consultation or supervision with experienced, qualified colleagues. Clinical supervision is recognised as good practice and forms a vital part of my on-going Continuing Professional Development (CPD); it is a requirement of  the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the national professional body with whom I am registered.

For how long will my information be stored?

When we end our work together I usually keep this personal information for at least six years after the finish date; this is in line with good practice in case you wish to return or, there is any query about the quality of my work.

With enquiries, I usually keep any personal information for six months after the initial enquiry and/or initial consultation; this is in case the person contacts me again with a view to following up their enquiry about psychotherapy.

What are my rights?

GDPR spells out your access rights including that you have a right to be aware of the data I collect, to be able check and correct the data and to explore and challenge the way in which I use it.

Specifically under the GDPR (General Data Protection Act) you have the following rights in relations to the information:-

  • Right to be informed about what information I hold, how I collect it and the way that I use it;
  • Right of access to be aware of the data and to be able to check it;
  • Right of rectification to be able to correct data if it is inaccurate or incomplete;
  • Right of erasure or right to be forgotten, this enables you to request deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for it to continue to be held;
  • Right to restrict processing to be able to block or suppress processing of personal data .
  • Right to data portability enables you to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services – to move, copy or transfer personal data easily from one IT environment to another in a safe and secure way without limiting usability
  • Right to object to processing based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/ exercise of official authority (including profiling); direct marketing (including profiling); and processing for the purposes of scientific / historical research and statistics. You can read more about your rights at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/is-my-information-being-handled-correctly/.

How can I access and update my information or raise a query or a complaint?

If you have concerns please speak to me so that we can discuss, explore and address any anxieties or issues together informally. The accuracy of your personal information is important to me and so you can ask for any mistakes or inaccuracies to be corrected. You can also request a copy of the personal information I hold about you.

If you prefer you can also write to me making a ‘subject access request’ under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Again, I will try to deal with your request informally by speaking to you in person so that I can understand more fully and where necessary address any concerns. This may include: giving you a description of it; telling you why I am holding it: telling you who it could be disclosed to; and letting you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

Who should I contact?

Name: Jenny Leslie
Address: 17 George St, Hemel Hempstead
Telephone: 01442 769834
Email: jennyleslie@hotmail.com
Website : https://www.jennyleslie.co.uk