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No client personal information will be communicated, directly or indirectly, to a third party without your informed consent. Exceptions to this policy include the following legal, and/or ethical obligations:
• If you are considered to be an imminent threat to your physical safety or to the safety of others.
• If there is suspicion of child abuse or neglect, the appropriate child welfare authorities will be notified.
• If you were sexually abused by a member of a regulated health profession.
• If a court orders the disclosure of your records.
• If you report abuse of an elderly person in a long-term care facility by staff.
• If your insurance company inquires about the dates of service and fees.
Electronic Communication of Personal Health Information
Some common means of electronic communication are a convenient and efficient way to communicate, however it also encompasses privacy and confidentiality risks you should consider. I am unable to ensure privacy and confidentiality of any form of communication through electronic media.
I may use email communication for appointment confirmations and reminders and for administrative purposes. That means that email exchanges with my office should be limited to things like setting and changing appointments, billing matters and other related issues. Please do not email me about clinical matters because email is not a secure way to contact me. If you need to discuss a clinical matter with me, please feel wait to discuss during your next therapy session.
Given that email is not recognized as a secure form of communication, please read through the risks of transmitting your information by email which include, but are not limited to, the following:
The privacy and security of email communication cannot be guaranteed;
Email is easier to falsify than phone, fax or mail. It is also not possible to verify the true identity of the sender, or to ensure that only the recipient can read the email once it has been sent;
Email may have the potential of containing viruses;
Email can be forwarded, intercepted, circulated, or stored without the knowledge or permission of the sender or recipient. There is also the possibility of the sender misaddressing an email, resulting in it being sent to an unintended recipient;
Email creates a permanent record.
Consent to the use of electronic means of communication indicates your agreement with the following conditions:
Any electronic correspondence containing clinically relevant information will be documented in your file;
I will make reasonable efforts to read and respond to emails promptly during business hours only. Email should never be used for emergencies, crisis or other time-sensitive matters;
You are responsible for following up to schedule appointments, where warranted;
If your email requests a response from myself or anyone on the team and you have not received a response within a reasonable time period, it is your responsibility to follow up to ensure we have received your communication;
If you choose to use electronic means to discuss sensitive personal health information, please note I will only respond during our next therapy session;
Collection and Use of Information
While using this site, you may be asked to provide certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to your name.
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