Social Media and Communications Policy
Spirit Lake Therapy has a social media and communications policy so that you will understand how we respond to interactions and incoming requests for communication when we work together. Please read this document over before signing it, and feel free to ask if you need more clarification on any of the items below.
Therapy is one of the most private endeavors in which anyone can engage. We will be exploring your personal thoughts and feelings in a way that is different from social, even intimate, relationships outside of therapy. The success of this work, supported by the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association Code of Ethics, depends in part on the privacy of what we discuss and awareness that our relationship is not part of our social lives, or our professional lives outside of our work together.
To protect the private nature of our work and keep it separate from our lives outside of our work, I encourage clients not to discuss or post any information about our work with anyone else. I will do the same, unless ordered by a judge or requested by you, though I do not automatically share information unless we agree that it is necessary. I will discuss any information I share with others about our work with you before doing so, and have you sign a written release of information.
Most communication between us occurs during our sessions. When it is necessary to communicate between sessions, I ask that you email me, or call me at my number below. I will email you, or call you at your landline number or on your cell phone if you do not have a landline telephone. I do not communicate with clients online to protect the privacy of our relationship. I also do not text or communicate on social media sites with clients for the same reason.
If we should accidentally meet outside of my office, we can acknowledge each other and say hello, unless you prefer not to. Engaging in conversation related to our work together or social conversation outside the office is not helpful to our work.
I do not have a presence on social media sites like Facebook, and Twitter.
Please note that I do not accept friend, contact, follow, like, or game requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and the privacy of our relationship. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we meet and we can talk more about it together.
You may find information about my therapy practice at my website, www.spiritlaketherapy.com. I ask that you and I limit acquiring any other information about each other to what we discuss in my office.
Other Online Information
If you do come across personal or professional information about me online or through others, I encourage you to bring it up in our discussions so that we may understand any meaning it has in our work. I will not seek information about you online or through others, and ask that you do the same.
Communication with Others About Our Work
If I need to collaborate with other health care professionals as part of my legal responsibilities, or for other reasons, I will discuss what is communicated first, and I encourage you to do the same. While it may feel odd, or even difficult, to keep the discussions that we have private from others, my experience is that it promotes the best results in our work.
Thank you for respecting these policies. I welcome your thoughts and feelings about them.
I have read, understand and agree to this policy: