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Privacy Policy


Clients are responsible for the maintenance and protection of their own computers and for regularly updating their security software.

Clients are responsible for making the necessary arrangements to ensure confidentiality from their end during any online therapy session and afterward where computers may be shared.

Limited Personal data is required for our records and will be stored securely and will not be released to a third party except under court order.

Clients accept that there are limits to confidentiality. While information received from the client is treated with the strictest confidence, this may cease should the client disclose criminal activity, child sexual abuse, or material that leads Michaela Benson to believe poses a threat to the safety of themselves or others or where the safety of a minor is threatened. 

In all instances where it may be necessary to break confidentiality, the client will be informed prior to any action being taken. 

Although every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided was correct at the time, Michaela Benson does not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

All records and data relating to the therapy program remain the property of Michaela Benson and no part of any content may be used by any other party for publication in any form, or use in a study without the written consent of Michaela Benson.

The contract of engagement in this online therapy is subject to acceptance by the client that the terms of use and the confidentiality and security policy have been accepted and understood. 

By accepting the terms of use clients permanently agree to release and indemnify Michaela Benson from all actions, suits, lawsuits, and claims originating from the information provided by Michaela Benson. 

Michaela Benson accepts no responsibility for the client’s telephone or computer systems, nor any technical difficulties occurring in connection with online therapy.

Michaela Benson complies with the obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by keeping personal data up to date; by storing (and destroying it) securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. 

We use your personal data for the following purposes:

To deliver the services that clients have requested; 

To contact those clients as necessary in accordance with the services they have requested;

To contact clients via surveys to ascertain their opinions on the service they received from us;

To maintain our own accounts and records.

N.B. In the event that our recorded data is utilized for research purposes, our own supervision, or for the instruction or tuition of students, all such data will be sufficiently anonymized to the extent that individual clients cannot be identified.

Should a client indicate that their data should not be used for these purposes, we would refrain from using that data. 

Individual client data will never be passed to a third party without the express consent of the respective client, always provided that such confidentiality is neither inconsistent with the safety of the client, the client’s family members, or other members of the public nor in contravention of any legal action or legal requirement.

In accordance with our need to maintain the possibility of access to client data as a result of returning clients or those who may wish to lodge a complaint in respect of our services to either our professional body or our insurers (i.e. in all cases perhaps after a long period of time has elapsed), we retain client data for a minimum period of 7 years. For clients under the age of 18, data will be retained until their 25th birthday.

Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

The right to request a copy of your personal data which Michaela Benson holds about you; 

The right to request that Michaela Benson corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 

The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Michaela Benson to retain such data; 

The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time; 

The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable).

The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing; 

The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [N.B. This only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]

The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office. (See below).

Complaints Notice

The client has the right to complain to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (Ireland), or Independent Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if they think there is a problem with the way we are handling their data.

By accepting the terms of use and proceeding to the course content clients agree to comply with the following:

Clients must be over 18.

Clients accept responsibility for checking that the laws in their country of residence permit their use of this service.

Clients have read this policy on confidentiality, security, and the terms of use and understand their implications.

Clients agree that the use of the service is for self-use and not part of any academic study.

Clients accept that the publication of details pertaining to this online therapy must not be undertaken without the prior written consent of Michaela Benson.


This is a self-help program. Helping you with your own life’s challenges and DOES NOT qualify you to provide any type of professional practice, help, or therapy to others.

Names and identifiable details have been altered to protect the confidentiality of any person mentioned as a client.

All programs are the intellectual property of The Mind Athlete and must not be redistributed or copied without prior written permission.

All information provided is for educational and evaluative purposes only. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure accuracy, no guarantee is given that the material is free from error or omission. Although the author and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this ebook was correct at press time, the author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, adverse reactions, effects, consequences resulting from the use of any suggestions herein or hereafter, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

These programs are not designed for emergency care nor to replace professional medical/psychiatric advice & care. This ebook is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to their health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.

Don’t use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you’re in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek medical assistance immediately.

The authors and publisher advise readers to take full responsibility for their safety and know their limits. Before practicing the skills described in this ebook, be sure that your equipment/materials are well maintained, and do not take risks beyond your level of experience, aptitude, training, and comfort level.

Exercise and nutritional plans are for educational purposes only. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health.

Each individual’s dietary and exercise needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. The reader assumes full responsibility for consulting a qualified health professional regarding health conditions or concerns, and before starting a new diet or health program.

All relaxation recordings are solely for relaxation purposes and are not designed to replace any professional medical or psychiatric care.

The Mind Athlete and its programs are intended for over-18-year-olds only.

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