Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

Selene Vega, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #32604), and has guided individuals, couples, and groups into the realms of psyche and spirit, bringing movement, trance work and ritual to the fields of addictions, chakra work, eating disorders, psycho-spiritual crisis and ecopsychology.

I offer workshops, classes, and retreats. I host other teachers at Skyote Mountain, our retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I provide information on my website and through emails about all of these services.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Your Data Related to My Email List

When you sign up for my email list, this website uses a third-party service called MailChimp to collect your name and your email address. (MailChimp’s privacy policy.) MailChimp stores this data and I use it to send messages to you as promised when you signed up for my list. I will never rent or lend my mailing list (and, thus, your data) to anyone. You can withdraw consent by unsubscribing from my email list at any time, by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any message sent to my email list. Or contact me directly through my contact form, and I will remove you.

Your Data Related to My Services, Workshops, or Courses

When you purchase services or enroll in a workshop/course, this website uses a third-party service called PayPal to process your payment transaction. (PayPal’s privacy policy.) I never see or collect any of your credit card information from PayPal. I do receive your email and phone number, which I use to communicate with you about the service or workshop/course. I do not automatically add you to my email list.

When you participate in my services, workshops, or courses, I may collect personal information via email in the form of intake and/or enrollment questionnaires to help me deliver my individual and group offerings. For example, I ask all new clients to complete an intake questionnaire where they reflect on their life and goals. Personal data shared in questionnaires are held in confidence. Questionnaires are not handled by this website. They are shared between us by email. If you prefer, you may share questionnaire reflections via regular mail instead of email.


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.

Contact forms

My contact form collects your name and email along with your message. This information is conveyed to me via email. None of this information is saved on the website. I do not automatically add you to my email list. I do not share this information with anyone else.


This website and the third-party services named above all use cookies. Cookies are tiny bits of code stored on a user’s computer and are standard practice for most  websites. The cookies used by this website provide analytics on website traffic — site visitors’ IP addresses, geographic location, browser version, referring websites, and popular content. I use this information to have a general understanding of my customers so I can ensure this website delivers an optimal experience.

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.

You can adjust your browser settings to disable the use of cookies. These settings are usually found in your browser’s preferences.

Embedded content from and links to 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. There also may be links to other websites.

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

Who we share your data with

For the email list, your name and email address are shared with MailChimp. If you send a check, that is shared with the bank, Chase (Chase’s privacy policy.) Although we refer customers to PayPal to make payments, we do not share data with PayPal. On direct credit card transactions, I use the Square service (Square’s privacy policy.) Credit card data is handled directly with the Square system; I do not receive or collect any personal 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.

What rights you have over your data

If you 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.

Your contact information

P.O. Box 1691
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

How we protect your data

None of your personally identifiable data is on our website. It is transactional and maintained by our third-party data processors (MailChimp, PayPal, Chase). Any information shared with me via email or in person is stored in a physically secure location.

What data breach procedures we have in place

My website is hosted by (Cruzio’s security policy). They maintain appropriate firewalls with their hosting services. We are notified of any data breaches that occur. My own website does not hold any personally identifiable data of customers or clients. The other services (MailChimp, PayPal, Chase, Square) will notify all their customers in the case of a data breach.

What third parties we receive data from

No one.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

As a licensed psychotherapist, I am required to keep my psychotherapy  clients’ identity and all data associated with them confidential.