Let’s face it the Internet has vastly impacted how we interact and connect. However, as a counselor I am sensitive to maintaining appropriate client counselor boundaries and to preserving the confidentiality of my clients. The following Social Media Policy is
my attempt to protect our relationship and the work we do together as much as I can in this digital age . Please read
through it and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss them with me.
I do accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any of my personal social media sites. I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. I do however have several professional sites you can like or friend but please know you do this at your own risk as publicly affiliating yourself with these sites may compromise your confidentiality.
I maintain a professional Facebook site, publish a blog, and tweet about counseling related topics, news, and tips. I provide this free content and information in order to connect with other professionals, promote material I think is useful, and reach people who may not otherwise have access to mental health services. I do not expect you, as client, to follow me on any of these sites or to read what I publish.
My primary concern is your privacy.
If you choose to do so and I happen to notice that you’ve followed me or responded to something I’ve posted, we may briefly discuss it and its potential impact on our working relationship. My primary concern is your privacy. If you share this concern, there are more private ways to follow me on Twitter (such as using an RSS feed or a locked Twitter list), which would eliminate your having a public link to my content. You are welcome to use your own discretion in choosing whether to follow me.
Note that I will not (knowingly) follow you back or interact with current or past clients on these sites. My reasoning is that I believe casual viewing of clients’ online content outside of the therapy hour can create confusion in regard to whether it’s being done as a part of your treatment or to satisfy my personal curiosity. In addition, viewing your online activities without your consent and without our explicit arrangement towards a specific purpose could potentially have a negative influence on our working relationship. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with me, please bring them into our sessions where we can view and explore them together, during the therapy hour.