ABOUT

Welcome to my page. I'm Susthama Kim and I set up Dharma Therapy in the autumn of 2021 to help individuals find their way through life. Dukkha (Suffering) is a part of life. There is no way around it. However, we don't need to suffer alone. Dharma therapy provides support and resources so that when dukkha happens we feel supported and held so that we can manage and handle the challenges in life.

I've been on this Dharma journey since 2003. Looking back, I could say that I was always on this journey, but it wasn't until I was 29 that I became aware of how much I needed the Dharma. As soon as I learned the basic teachings and practices, that was it.

I was hooked. I moved into a small western Pure Land Buddhist community in Narborough, Leicestershire, UK, and ordained as a nun in December 2003. After 5 years of learning about my 'self' and my mental processes, I decided that being a nun wasn't for me. I wanted to have a family, so I switched tracks and became a lay priest. Through my training at The Buddhist House, I attended courses on Buddhist Psychology and socially engaged Buddhism. I then spent a few years working as a Buddhist chaplain in psychiatric hospitals, and eventually qualified as a Buddhist psychotherapist in 2011.

Upon qualifying I set up a service called the Zen Therapy Service and was a tutor on the Buddhist Psychology Distance Learning Programme that was offered by David Brazier until finally biting the bullet and starting Dharma Therapy.


LOCAL HELP AND SUPPORT FOR TIMES OF EMERGENCY AND CRISIS

I do not offer crisis response.

If you need help or support

THE SAMARITANS
116 123 free from any phone
0330 094 5717 local call charges apply
SPA
T: 0300 777 0707
(Mental Health Crisis Team)
HOUSING SUPPORT TO ESCAPE FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE
T: 01923 776611
REFUGE
T: 0808 2000 247


Cancellation Policy

I understand that things come up, and choices need to be made which can change your schedules. 

I respectfully request 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule your session. Charges apply to sessions cancelled within 48 hours.



Your privacy is important to me

Introduction

Your privacy is very important to me and you can be confident that your personal information will be kept safe and secure and will only be used for the purpose it was given to me. I adhere to current data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU/2016/679) (the GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic

Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

This privacy notice tells you what I will do with your personal information from initial point of contact through to after your therapy has ended.

My registration number is: ZB269979.


How I use your information?

Initial contact

When you contact me with an enquiry about my counselling services I will collect information to register you as a client. This will include your name and address, telephone number, email address, as well as GP name and address. Alternatively, your GP or other health professional may send me your details when making a referral or a parent or trusted individual may give me your details when making an enquiry on your behalf. If you decide not to proceed I will ensure all your personal data is deleted within one week. If you would like me to delete this information sooner, just let me know.


While you are accessing counselling

Rest assured that everything you discuss with me is confidential. The following list are times when I will have to break confidentiality:

  1. When the client poses an imminent danger to themselves or others, and breaking confidentiality is necessary to resolve the danger.
  2. When I suspect child, elder, or dependent adult abuse.
  3. When the client has directed the therapist to share information about their case.
  4. When the therapist receives a qualifying court order.

In each case, I will always speak to you about this first, unless there are safeguarding issues that prevent this.

I will keep a record of your personal details to help the therapeutic process run smoothly. These details are kept securely in a password protected file and are not shared with any third party. I will keep written notes of each session, these are kept in a notebook. For security reasons I do not retain text messages for more

than six months. If there is relevant information contained in a text message I will report it in a secured document on a password protected computer. Likewise, any email correspondence will be deleted after 6 months if it is not important. If necessary I will report it in a secured document on a password protected computer.

After counselling has ended

Once counselling has ended, your records will be kept for seven years from the end of our contact with each other and

are then securely destroyed. If you want me to delete your information sooner than this, please tell me.

I am happy to chat through any questions you might have about my data protection policy and you can contact me via susthamatherapy@gmail.com

‘Data controller’ is the term used to describe the person/organisation that collects and stores and has responsibility for people’s personal data. In this instance, the data controller is me.