ONLINE PRIVACY STATEMENT
Effective May 1, 2021
This statement is intended to inform you about your privacy while using this site as well as general privacy policies related to both of our online privacy. This policy is in addition to the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.
TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH THIS SITE
Out of respect for your online privacy, I do not ask for or collect ANY personally identifying information (P.I.I.) from you through this site. P.I.I. might include things like name and email address, which are typically obtained from users through contact forms, signing up for newsletters, leaving comments etc.
YOUR OPTIONS REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR DATA
Yes, you do have options. If you prefer not to accept cookies from this (or any) website, you have the right to refuse them. In some cases, it might affect your ability to continue using a site, or it could affect a website's ability to work the way it's supposed to. However, in most cases it shouldn't make any difference at all to your browsing experience. You can learn more about refusing and deleting cookies. Or you can look in the Help/Support section of your browser.
MORE GENERAL POLICIES RELATED TO BOTH OF OUR PRIVACY ONLINE
Because privacy is so important within the therapeutic relationship, the following policies also will apply to our online interaction between sessions.
Email: Email is not a secure method of communication, and I do not encourage its use as a method of communication between sessions. As a general practice, if you need to contact me between sessions, I ask that you use the online portal. If your message is time-sensitive, you can contact me by phone, though I can't guarantee when I'll receive your message. If you must email, please do not include any information that you consider private in any email message.
Texting/messaging: Once again, because privacy is far from assured when using SMS text messaging or messaging on social networking sites, I discourage using these and other means of online engagement to contact me.
Friending/following on social media: I will not accept friend or contact requests on any social networking site (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.), as this could compromise your confidentiality in terms of the therapeutic nature of our relationship. I also will not look at your online activity without your consent and our explicit arrangement toward a specific purpose that is related to our work together.
Search engines: Similarly, it is not my practice to search for clients online. If an unforeseen circumstance occurs in which looking you up online becomes necessary to ensuring your safety, I will document and discuss it with you. Otherwise, you can rest assured that I will not be looking you up on search engines, social media, or people search sites.
Provider review sites: Sites like Yelp, Healthgrades, Vitals, ZocDoc, and Google use search engines to find providers to list on their sites without the providers' knowledge or approval. Please be aware both that I do not create profiles for these sites or solicit endorsements from my clients, as it is prohibited by both the psychologists' and social workers' boards of ethics, and that by commenting on these sites you would be disclosing the private nature of our working relationship.