On this site (https://counsellor.ch) I, Aernout Zevenbergen, do not gather any type of sensitive, confidential or any other identifying information from visitors. However, visitors may choose to share information in the contact form on my contact page, but I urge you not to share any sensitive or confidential information in those messages.
None of the information provided by me on this website can reasonably be seen to constitute “counselling”, “therapy” or “coaching” in any form or shape. The information provided on this site is only intended for purposes of explaining what I can or cannot offer to (prospective) clients.
All potentially sensitive and confidential communication between myself and (prospective) clients shall take place in fully secured virtual or real-life areas that adhere to legally or generally accepted criteria established for the purposes of counselling or coaching.
My virtual counselling room is situated at WeCounsel.com, which provides HIPAA-compliant guarantees on confidentiality and the safety of any and all health-related information. WeCounsel.com has a disclaimer which reads as follows:
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. WeCounsel does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services.
As a provider at WeCounsel.com I subscribe and adhere to this disclaimer. If you are located outside the United States, I urge you to contact your nearest local emergency care provider.
My confidential email interactions with clients take place via the HIPAA-compliant provider HushMail.com. It is important for you to know that I receive your emails in a secured environment – however your own email provider might not have the technology in place on their side to secure the information you send me. In case you wish to share confidential information I urge you to consider the use of a provider like HushMail.com. For the sake of transparancy: I do not have any business interests in HushMail.com.
I need to inform you that there are limits to confidentiality: if you provide information from which I can deduce you might be at risk to harm yourself or others, or to damage property, or to have been involved in cases of child abuse I am legally and morally obliged to report this to relevant authorities. I adhere to the Ethics Code of the American Psychological Association (APA), and to the Ethics Code of the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Beratung (SGfB).