Digital Media Policy
The following provides information regarding my policies for use of email, text, and social networking sites
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
The only ocial networking site I am on is LinkedIn; however, I do not accept any requests to be "connected" to clients. Adding you as a connection on social networking sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship.
NTERACTING THROUGH DIGITAL MEDIA
Please do not use text messaging or messaging on LinkedIn to contact me. These media are not secure and there is a good chance I will not read these messages in a timely manner. Engaging with me in 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. Direct email is second best, but only for quick administrative issues such as changing appointment times. See the Email section below for more information regarding email interactions.
USE OF SEARCH ENGINES
It is not a regular part of my practice to search for clients on Google or other search engines. Extremely rare exceptions might be made during times of crisis. If I have reason to suspect that you are in danger, 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. If I ever resort to such means, the situation will be fully documented and discussed with you at your next appointment.
LOCATION-BASED SERVICES (LBS)
If you use location-based services on your mobile devices, you may wish to be aware of privacy issues related to using these services. My office is not a "check-in" location on any sites such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt, etc. However, if you have GPS tracking enabled on your device, it is possible that others may surmise that you are therapy client due to regular visits to my office. Please be aware of this risk if you are intentionally "checking in" from my office, or if you have a passive LBS app enabled on your phone.
I prefer to use email only to arrange or modify appointments. Please do not email any other content, as email is not completely secure or confidential. Additionally, I do not check email frequently enough to respond in a timely manner to any personal or potentially life-threatening information. If you choose to communicate with me by email, be aware that all emails are retained in logs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). You should also know that any emails I receive from you , and any responses that I send to you, by law become a part of your medical record .