Privacy Notice


Contact information:

HMH Therapy

Rm7A Haypark Business Centre, Marchmont Avenue, Polmont FK2 0NZ

07787 807609


I, Heather M Hutchison am the Data Controller and Processor of HMH Therapy.

The basis on which I keep client data is that of “Legitimate Interests”. This means that the data is necessary for me to fulfil the contract that we have together (i.e. to provide therapy) and that it is data that you would reasonably expect me to hold and use.

For those who enquire about therapy, the data I hold includes any information you have sent me by email/text/message.

For those who book and attend at least one session, the data I hold includes:

  • Basic information such as name, email address, phone number
  • Information that you give me as part of the work we do together
  • Records of what interventions that I use (or potentially do not use) in our sessions
  • Emails, texts and/or PM messages that are sent between us
  • Information sent from any third party, e.g. GP, insurance company, Employee Assistance Program

Health data is regarded as a special category of data by the General Data Protection Regulation. The condition for processing this special data is “processing is necessary for medical diagnosis, the provision of health care or treatment pursuant to contract with a health professional”.

Data is not shared with anyone, except possibly your GP, and for any reasons covered by the Requirements for Disclosure which are detailed and discussed when we first meet.

The data is primarily used to enable me to provide therapy for you. It may also be used scientific research purposes and statistical purposes.

Details of where data is held:

  • Any emails sent between us are held either on my computer’s hard drive or if archived, in Dropbox which is secure cloud based storage which is itself GDPR compliant.
  • Any texts/Facebook Private Messages sent between us (See Social Media and Electronic Information section) are held on my iPhone which is code protected.
  • Your notes are handwritten and are kept in a locked filing cabinet.
  • A client database is kept with name, address, telephone number and condition. I.e. Clinical, Hypnoband, Smoking Cessation. This file is password protected, and stored on my laptop which is again password protected.  The use of the database allows me to quickly check if I have seen a client before even if I am away from my paper filing cabinet allowing me to respond to my clients quickly.  It is also used for statistical analysis.
  • Credit card information is shredded as soon as processed.
  • If you use PayPal or online banking then clearly these systems will hold your data.

Your data is kept for 7 years. The length of time is based on the stipulation of my insurer. After this time any paper records are shredded and computer records permanently deleted.

HMH Therapy takes the security of data seriously and as such:

  • All data is held securely (see details of where data is held above)
  • Any data transmitted is sent encrypted where possible
  • For accounting purposes an accounts based software is used by not client information is used within this. It is in terms of general payment terms.  Amount in amount out and not specific identifiable client information is used.


  • I am not in control of data (including emails and texts) which you send me
  • Apps such as Facebook routinely access any information held and this is beyond my control.

If there is any breach of data security HMH Therapy will give full details to the Information Commissioners Office and any person affected within 72 hours of the breach and do all possible to minimise any potential impact.

You have rights with regards to the data held:

  • The right of access. I will provide you with all data I hold on you as soon as I can following a request (and definitely within 30 days, unless this is impossible due to holidays or illness).
  • The right to rectification. If any data I hold is incorrect, just let me know and I will correct it as soon as I can following a request (and definitely within 30 days, unless this is impossible due to holidays or illness).
  • The right to erasure. If you wish me to erase your data just let me know and I will delete any computer records and shred any paper records as soon as I can following a request (and definitely within 30 days, unless this is impossible due to holidays or illness). NB: data may be retained for scientific research, historical research or statistical purposes where erasure is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of that processing but this would never include case notes or data such as address/email/phone
  • The right to restrict processing. This would usually be a stop-gap measure before correction of any errors or before erasure
  • The right to data portability. This might apply if you want your notes sent to another therapist for example, but it is likely that the easiest solution would come under the right to access, i.e. I would send the data to you.
  • The 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). HMH Therapy does not engage in these things
    • Direct marketing.
    • Processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics. For this, you must provide grounds for your objection.
    • Automated decision making and profiling. HMH Therapy does not engage in automated decision making or profiling.