Privacy Policy

This Privacy statement outlines how Self-Awareness Counseling collects, protects and utilizes personal information gathered through this website. We are committed to protecting your privacy. This statement may be updated from time to time as the website evolves and new features are added. Please check periodically for any updates.  

Who we are/Contact information

Self-Awareness Counseling
7409 SW Capitol Hwy #207
Portland, OR 97219

Please direct any questions to Self-Awareness Counseling through the secure contact form provided on any of its website pages. 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

The Self-Awareness Counseling website collects information for responding to your inquiries, tracking site use and information for website improvement.

We are very concerned with keeping your personal information secure and to that end use encrypted HIPAA secure contact forms through Hushmail for Healthcare and Fathom Analytics, designed to track site trends and use without storing any personal data. 


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Cookies are small files that, with visitor permission, are saved to the visitor’s hard drive enabling ease and speed of website use and critical for many online functions. (e.g. speedy reloading of a page you have already visited or creating a shopping cart and purchasing items online.) Most browsers are set to allow cookies but provide settings for users to set their preferences to allow or block cookies. Blocking cookies may prevent you from utilizing certain web pages and functions. 

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. 

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Self-Awareness Counseling uses Hushmail for Healthcare, which allows for encrypting emails containing personal health information and meets HIPAA requirements. The Secure Contact form on the self-awareness website is created from code supplied by Hushmail for Healthcare which routes the contact request through their secure system. Hushmail will store the IP address of a user of the secure form, however they have no access to the name, email address and message content that a user provides Self-Awareness Counseling. Self-Awareness Counseling stores the information provided by the user in the secure form in accordance with HIPAA privacy rules and only for as long as needed to respond to the inquiry. 

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Fathom Analytics. Fathom is open-source software that doesn’t store personal information. It is designed to collect “trends and insights, not personal details about specific website visitors…and without selling, sharing or giving away the data” that the Self-Awareness Counseling site collects. Fathom Analytics is being developed on GitHub. For more information or to collaborate, click here: GitHub/Fathom

Who we share your data with

We do not share, sell, or distribute visitor information. 

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How we protect your data

We take reasonable precautions to protect your personal information and follow the healthcare industry’s guidelines for best practices to make sure your information is not improperly handled, lost, stolen, accessed, altered or destroyed. 

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We will disclose private information if disclosure is ordered by legal authorities.