Privacy Policy

Effective November 1st, 2009.

GroupCounseling.com is an online community offering resources to those seeking group and individual counseling solutions for specific life issues. People in need of hope and healing are able to link to therapists and group sessions, reference materials for specific disorders, and connect with peers that may share in similar life issues. GroupCounseling.com also creates community among therapists, providing tools for treatment, link’s to DSM information, and more. GroupCounseling.com is hosted in the United States.

By using the GroupCounseling.com web site, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Statement as in effect at the time. GroupCounseling.com reserves the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time. Changes will become effective when posted on this site. We recommend that you review this Privacy Statement each time you visit this site, as your continued use of this site signifies your acceptance of the Privacy Statement as in effect at that time.

This Privacy Statement explains the collection and use of personal information you share when you use the GroupCounseling.com site, or any services or features offered by this site. Your privacy is very important to us and we want you to be aware that, except for disclosures permitted by this Privacy Statement, you control your own personal information by choosing who you share your personal information with on this site.

Information Collection and Use.

GroupCounseling.com collects personal information voluntarily submitted by you through this site including personal information provided when you register, such as your name, email address, zip code, and, if a practitioner, practice name, business address, and business email address, as well as additional personal information you may provide in the forums, and other areas of the site. If you choose to make a purchase or sign up for a paid subscription service, we will ask for additional information, such as your credit card number and billing address, which is used to create a billing account.

We may collect additional information in connection with your use of the site. For example, we may use analytical tools to retrieve information from your browser, including the site you were on when you came to this site, the search engine used, the keywords used by you to find our site, and the pages you view on our site. Additionally, we collect certain information that your browser provides to our website, such as your IP address, browser type and language, and time of access.

We also use technologies, such as cookies and web beacons to collect information about the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on our sites and services, and whether you have opened email directed to you. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by our web page server. A web beacon is embedded within an email or a web page. When the email is opened, or web page is viewed in a browser, the web beacon can record the exact time that a message was read or a web page was viewed, as well as the IP address of the computer used to read the mail or access the web page or the proxy server that the user went through. Cookies and web beacons contain information that can later be read by us. We use cookies to monitor the use of our site, to manage and enhance GroupCounseling.com’s services, to gather non-personal information about users, to track user data, to store your preferences and other information on your computer in order to save you time by eliminating the need to repeatedly enter the same information, for security purposes, and, possibly, to display personalized content on your later visits to our site. We use web beacons as noted to determine when an email has been viewed. This enables us to check if our email address is valid and whether the email is being read. Additionally, the use of web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors’ and advertisers sites’.This information may also be used for statistical research to tailor content to usage patterns. None of the information we gather in this way can be used to identify any individual who visits the site.

We also may deliver advertisements, and use analytical tools on web sites of third parties, and collect information about page views on these third party sites as well. Some service provided by GroupCounseling.com may be cobranded and offered in conjunction with third parties. If you register for or use these services, both GroupCounseling.com and the third party may receive information collected in connection with the cobranded services.

We may use some of the information we collect to personalize the ads we display when you visit our site. For example, we may select the ads based on general interest categories that we have inferred based on the personal information we collected from you or based on the content of the web pages you visit. GroupCounseling.com also has arrangements with third-party advertisers who serve electronic advertisements directly to our users when they visit our site. When ads are served on our site, advertisers receive information including your internet address, and other information that enables them to serve ads relevant to you, as well as measure the effectiveness of their ads. These third parties use cookies, or web beacons to collect this non-personal information. This technology cannot be used to identify you personally, but it enables advertisers to display specific advertising on our web site directed at you based on the information collected from your using the GroupCounseling.com site. Additionally, this technology may record whether you clicked on or interacted with an ad. This allows GroupCounseling.com, and third parties to deliver advertising relevant to your interests, and measure the effectiveness of the advertising programs. Your personal information is not made available to third party advertisers.

Further, as a registered user, you may provide personal information in message boards, chat rooms, and other public forums of the site, including date of birth, hobbies, interests, affiliations with schools or businesses, lifestyle, photos, and messages, and other information you provide in these areas. These areas of the site display and make publicly available the personal information you have entered. Personal information that you post to these areas is provided at your own risk. This information is provided at your own discretion and is accessible to other users and may be accessed by search engines. Personal information that you share with others may be further disseminated by others as GroupCounseling.com has no control over the actions of any person to whom you have provided access to your personal information. Actions of others whom you have permitted access to your personal information are beyond our control.

Additionally, this site may permit you to send email to a third party from this site. Email communication from this site is sent via the Internet and is not secure. Any information you send by email using this site may be compromised and intercepted by someone other than the intended recipient.

From time to time, we may use your name and email address to send information about GroupCounseling.com’s services and offerings. You may opt out of these types of emails here. GroupCounseling.com, however, may continue to send information regarding your account, regardless of whether you opt out of email notifications.

Personal information you provide to GroupCounseling.com may be processed in the country where it was obtained, as well as in the United States.

Your personal information is disclosed to our employees, agents, and contractors who have a need to know that information in order to operate this site, and to develop, maintain, and improve or expand upon the services made available on this site. Additionally, GroupCounseling.com hires or is affiliated with other companies who provide services on our behalf, such as, hosting this site, delivery of content and services provided by this site, and performing analytical, and statistical analysis. These companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

GroupCounseling.com uses your personal information to communicate with you.

Additionally, GroupCounseling.com reserves the right to disclose your personal information:

• As otherwise permitted by this Privacy Statement.
• Upon obtaining your consent to such disclosure.
• As required by law and when GroupCounseling.com believes that disclosure is necessary to protect legal rights, prevent bodily harm or personal injury, protect rights to property and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process.
• For fraud detection, and prevention purposes.
• As necessary or appropriate to enforce the Terms of Use governing use of this site.
• If we believe such disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of users of this site or members of the general public.
• In connection with legal proceedings or law enforcement.
• To a purchaser or other acquirer of the GroupCounseling.com site who agrees to be bound by this Privacy Statement.

Editing or Deleting Your Account Information

The Profiles section on GroupCounseling.com provides you access to manage your personal information. You may change or remove any part of your Profile information or delete your account, if you choose, by accessing “My Account” in the Profiles section. Changes will be made immediately, however, changed information may remain in backup copies not accessible to other users or the general public.

Information, data or other content that you may have posted in the public areas, such as forums or messages, may continue to remain on the site at our discretion.

No Guarantees

This Privacy Statement states our standards for collection, use, and maintenance of personal information, and we make every effort to comply with these standards. However, we cannot guarantee the result, as all security risks cannot be completely eliminated. GroupCounseling.com uses safeguards to limit access to personal information about our users in conformity with this Privacy Statement, yet factors beyond our commercially reasonable control may result in disclosure.

Use by Children

GroupCounseling.com is committed to protecting the privacy of children. GroupCounseling.com does not intentionally collect or solicit information from children under the age of 13. When this site collects age information, and users identify themselves as under age 13, the site will block those users from providing personal information or registering as users of the site. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 should obtain parental permission before sharing any personal information on this site.

Links to Other Sites

This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected by this site. This site may contain links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by GroupCounseling.com. GroupCounseling.com is not responsible for the privacy practices of those other sites. When you leave this site, you should read the privacy statements of each site that you visit that collects personal information. Further, you should review the privacy policy of other sites you visit or link to from our site to understand how these other sites use cookies and how they use the information they collect through the use of cookies or web beacons on their own sites.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this Privacy Statement or our site, please contact us at

CustomerService@GroupCounseling.com

or
GroupCounseling.com, Inc.
705 W Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL 33612
Attn: Customer Service

 

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