Welcome to the terms of service page. This particular page outlines the specific terms of services for online counseling. It is my duty as a therapist to inform potential clients of the standards of online therapy. As a member of one segment of the American Counseling Association, I am obligated to uphold the ethical standard to "do no harm."
As a online therapist, I have the responsibility to provide a secure online environment for clients.
Below is a general outline of specified ethical standards that all online counselors must abide by when counseling individuals.
While counseling online, therapists are always aware of online dangers within social media. Any online case consultation that reflect clients' material, even when the information is appropriately sealed, should be properly encrypted. Internet therapists are very mindful of the various ways that connecting with clients on social media may potentially compromise client confidentiality. In regards to email interaction, text message contacting, and other ways of online communication, online therapists such as myself are aware of third party messaging platforms that has limited security and privacy features. We have the responsibility to inform our clients at the beginning of the therapeutic process about appropriate ways of contacting us. In regards to friend requests and follow requests, online therapists are prohibited to gain friendship or to follow any individuals that are clients. This means that clients are not allowed to engage within online correspondence with therapists on their personal pages. Therapists online are obligated to maintain a strict professional relationship with clients at all times.
*Note* This is a general outline of the ethical standards of online counseling. By communicating the standards of online counseling on this page, it is my hope that individuals seeking counseling will have a better understanding of how online counseling works. It is also my hope that those individuals seeking professional assistance will understand how safeguards are put in place for their online security.