Our licenses require that we follow the Code of Ethics from the American Psychological Association (APA). This code considers “virtual relationships” to be equivalent to face-to-face relationship and the code generally discourages multiple relationships with clients. Further, the code states that therapists are prohibited from engaging in a personal virtual relations with individuals with whom they have a current counseling relationship (e.g., through social and other media). Therefore, our practice policy shall be to not knowingly accept a “friend” request (or similar virtual relationship that uses another term) on any social networking platform from current clients or in any case in which I believe that blurring of counselor-client relationship may be adversely affected. This policy includes (but is not limited to) the following social media platforms on which we may have a personal presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked-In, GroupMe.
Not that we maintain a professional presence for our practice (Thriving Minds) on Facebook. This presence exists solely to provide information to the public pertaining to the practice and related topics. It also assists in directing interested individuals to the official practice website.
It shall be the policy of our clinic not to knowingly communicate with clients via instant messaging, “chatting” or similar technologies. This includes, for example, instant messaging through Facebook and other social networking sites.
It is our policy to only communicate through email with clients through the secure email system that is accessible through the a secure portal.
It is our policy to not communicate with clients via texting. The best way to contact us is by phone call.