In common with most other organisations, from 25th May I am bound by The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This governs the way in which organisations (and individual practitioners such as myself) are allowed to store and process personal data, and includes contact details such as email addresses.
I want you to be aware that, if you contact me by email, then I do store your email address for future contact, together with any other contact details you may give me if we start working together. I do not share this information with anyone, apart from my supervisor. My supervisor has access to the contact details of my current clients so that, if something happens to me, she has a means to contact you.
I do not keep this information for any other purpose.
The purpose of the GDPR is to protect you, so I would emphasise that you do not need to read anything sinister into this process.
Furthermore, you have the right at any time to ask that I remove all such details from my records.
What I would ask you to note is that, by making contact with me, you do give me permission - if only temporarily - to hold your information.
If we once start working together I also keep short notes on our sessions together. These are mostly factual - reminders for me of what has happened during the session. Without these, it is difficult, if not impossible, for me to remember from session to session what we may have discussed or experienced. If we contract to work together, then I shall assume that you have no objection to my keeping such notes, at least for the duration of our time working together.