I engage with social media privately and professionally, which means there is a possibility that, if you use social media yourself, you may see my social media activity.
I respect the confidentiality of the therapeutic relationship and never share on social media the content of client work. Reading content I post could still have an impact on our therapeutic relationship, because I write about topics that are relevant to many people – for example, it might feel as if a post or blog has particular relevance to your situation, or you might learn something you didn’t know about me.
You can choose to view posts without liking or commenting, in which case neither I or anyone else will know that you have seen a post. This might still have an impact on the therapeutic relationship. I encourage clients who have questions about content I post to bring this to our work together.
Clients who follow my professional page should consider their own privacy, bearing in mind that it is a public page. If you comment or ‘Like’ a post, please be aware that this can be seen by anyone who visits my page.
I will reply to messages sent via professional social media accounts but will not engage in counselling via social media. I will normally direct people to my website or give them my email address.
I don’t accept Friend Requests from clients to my personal social media accounts as I don’t want to blur the boundaries of our professional relationship.
If you are a counsellor or therapist, please be aware that we may encounter each other in online counselling forums or social networking groups. If this happens I will not identify you as a client and I would suggest that you not identify me. I will normally avoid reading your posts in such a context, or interacting with you, in order to protect the counsellor / client therapeutic relationship.
You may also encounter me through OCTIA (Online Counselling and Therapy in Action) conference, as I am a member of the organising committee of the OCTIA conference. Again, if we encounter each other in this setting, I will not identify you as a client.
If you have any questions about this policy please bring them to our counselling work for discussion.