Privacy Statement

Privacy Policy

Metier Counseling Services will collect and use your personal information in accordance with the privacy policy posted on its site. I encourage all visitors to review these privacy policies so that you will know how your personal information will be collected, used, and shared.

Information Gathered through the Site

Metier Counseling Services may track and record certain non-personal information of site users, including IP address, operating system, type of browser, referring URL, and time spent on the site in order to gain aggregate data that may be analyzed for trends and statistics on how our visitors use the site. Metier Counseling Services may use accumulated aggregate non-personal data for several purposes including, but not limited to, site traffic analysis, evaluation of Metier Counseling Services’ services, and program planning. No personal information will be tracked in this case.

The email form provided on the Contact Me page uses Hushmail, which is a secure HIPAA-compliant third party provider of email services (click the link to see their Privacy Policy). All appointments, scheduling,  billing and payment are done through Breakthrough.com or Counsol.com, both of which provide HIPAA-compliant services to counselors and coaches. You can click their names in the last sentence to view their Privacy Policies.

Note that the videoconferencing software I use, VSee, is HIPAA compliant. You can read their HIPAA compliance statement by clicking here.

These are the only places where I will store your personal information (Hushmail, Breakthrough, and Counsol). None of your information will be stored on my computer, and online sessions with you will not be recorded.  I may also disclose your information in special circumstances if I have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to protect the safety of any one or that such disclosure is required by law.

Cookies

Metier Counseling Services employs cookies to provide visitors with tailored information to facilitate their use of the Site. A cookie is an element of data that a website sends to a visitor’s browser which, in turn, may store that element on the visitor’s hard drive or memory. Any cookies sent by Metier Counseling Services will be marked so that they will be accessible only by the site. A visitor may block or delete our cookies from the hard drive. However, by disabling cookies, certain site features and functionality may no longer work properly, or at all.

Links with other sites

The site contains links to other websites that are owned or controlled by third parties. Please note that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from those of Metier Counseling Services. Metier Counseling Services is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of any linked website. I encourage you to read the privacy policy of any website you wish to visit (including those mentioned above) before disclosing any information.

Other Notification

In order to implement or enforce this Privacy Policy or other Terms or to notify you if there is a problem, Metier Counseling Services may use information you have provided to contact you.

Minors

Metier Counseling Services does not knowingly collect any information from minors under age eighteen. If you discover that I have collected information from minors under age eighteen, please notify me. If a minor under age eighteen sends me an email with a question or comment, and I am aware of the minor’s age, I will write back using that email address but I will not keep the email address or use it again.

Enforcement

If Metier Counseling Services becomes aware that the security of the site is compromised or any nonpublic user information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity or otherwise not in accordance with this Privacy Policy, Metier Counseling Services will take reasonable measures that it deems appropriate (which may include an internal investigation and reporting, notifying the user, and notifying and cooperating with law enforcement authorities).

Security

I will use reasonable efforts to safeguard any personal information that you provide through the Site. Nevertheless, no transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. I have made a concerted effort to only use communication channels that are secure and HIPAA compliant.

Location of Servers and Transfer of Information

Metier Counseling Services’ servers are located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to me will be transferred to the United States. By using my site or providing your personal information to me, you consent to this transfer and to the collection, storage, processing and use of your personal information in the United States. In addition, my service providers may not be located in your geographic area in the United States. By providing your personal information on the site, you also consent to the transfer of your data to these service providers.

Note that at present I am only licensed to provide services in the state of Illinois (though I may eventually pursue licensure in the state of South Carolina). I will refer out anyone in other parts of the country or outside the country for services.

Contact Metier Counseling Services

If you have questions or concerns about these Terms or the site or if you wish to update, correct or delete any information you have provided to me, please contact Metier Counseling Services using the information on the Contact page.

Vasily Ingogly :: revised August 21, 2016

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