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These policies relate to how I will conduct myself as a mental health professional on the Internet. I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking sites (including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.). Adding clients as friends or contacts on such sites could compromise your confidentiality and potentially blur the important boundaries defining our therapeutic relationship. I will not engage in online messaging or posting for similar reasons. Relevant information regarding my professional practice is available to you on my website.
You may find my psychology practice on sites that list businesses. Some of these sites include forums for users to rate and review their providers. Many of these sites comb search engines for business listings and automatically add listings regardless of whether the business has added itself to the site. Please be aware that it is likely that I did not authorize the posting of my business information on a site and therefore it may not be accurate or updated. Please also know that these listings are NOT a request for testimonial, rating, or endorsement from you as my client. I subscribe to the American Psychological Association Ethics Code which states that it is unethical for psychologists to solicit testimonials. Of course, you have the right to express yourself on these sites if you choose. For reasons of confidentiality to the reviewer, I cannot respond to any review, positive or negative, on these sites. Please consider your own confidentiality if you are considering using such a review site. Please also see my policies under Services/Alternatives on discussing your treatment directly with me.
The best way to reach me is by phone. I use email only for administrative purposes such as arranging or changing appointments or to relay payment/insurance information. Please do not email me personal content related to you therapy sessions, as email is not completely secure or confidential. I will be happy to respond to personal content in person at our next therapy appointment. If you use email to contact me, be aware that all emails are retained in logs of your and my Internet service providers. While unlikely that someone is looking at details in these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the Internet service providers. Any email correspondence becomes part of your legal record.