Social Media Policy
This policy reflects my commitment to protecting my clients’ privacy and ensuring a strong therapeutic relationship.
I do not accept friend requests from, nor will I make friend requests to current or former clients (Facebook/Linked In) to safeguard against compromising your confidentiality and our respective privacy.
I will never share client information on any social media platform.
I keep a Facebook Business Page for my professional practice to allow people to share my posts. You are welcome to view my Facebook Business Page and read or share articles posted there, however please be aware that this is a public link to my content and business, therefore you may be identified by using your name and commenting. Please use your own discretion in choosing whether to like, share or comment on posts.
If you should find my listing on business review sites, please know that my listing is NOT a request for a testimonial, rating, or endorsement from you as my client. Due to confidentiality, I cannot respond to any review on any of these sites whether it is positive or negative. I encourage you to approach me directly should you have a concern about my practice. Please be aware of potentially sharing personally revealing information in a public forum. Should you proceed with such, I urge you to create a pseudonym that is not linked to your regular email address or friend networks for your own privacy and protection
Please be aware that messaging on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn are not a secure means of contacting me, please do not disclose any sensitive or confidential information. Please request appointments via telephone, email or SMS. Remember that this information may remain indefinitely in the publicly accessible area of the service. You are solely responsible for any information that you disclose and disseminate on publicly accessible areas.
Do not use Wall postings, @replies, or other means of engaging with me in public online if we have an already established client/therapist relationship. Engaging with me this way could compromise your confidentiality. It may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart. If you need to contact me between sessions, the best way to do so is by phone/email.
Use of Search Engines
It is NOT a regular part of my practice to search for clients on Google or Facebook or other search engines. Extremely rare exceptions may be made during times of crisis. If I have a reason to suspect that you are in danger and you have not been in touch with me via our usual means (coming to appointments, phone, or email) there might be an instance in which using a search engine (to find you, find someone close to you, or to check on your recent status updates) becomes necessary as part of ensuring your welfare. These are unusual situations and if I ever resort to such means, I will fully document it and discuss it with you when we next meet.
If you used location-based services on your mobile phone, you may wish to be aware of the privacy issues related to using these services. I do not place my practice as a check-in location. However, if you have GPS tracking enabled on your device, it is possible that others may surmise that you are a therapy client due to regular check-ins at my clinic. Please be aware of this risk if you are intentionally “checking in,” at a nearby commercial establishment.
Email I prefer using email only to arrange or modify appointments. Please do not email me content related to your therapy sessions, as email is not completely secure or confidential. Please be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of your and my Internet service providers. While it is unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the Internet service provider. You should also know that any emails I receive from you and any responses that I send to you become a part of your legal record.