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Social Media Boundaries

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Professional Boundaries with your Therapist

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Professional Boundaries

In any professional relationship, there is an inherent power imbalance.  The clinician’s power arises from the client’s trust that the clinician has the expertise to help with his or her problems and the client’s disclosure of personal information that would not normally be revealed.  The fact that services cannot be provided unless clients are willing to cooperate introduces a fundamental power imbalance. 

 

The clinician, therefore, has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the client, is ultimately responsible for managing boundaries and is accountable should violations occur.  Given the power imbalance inherent in the professional/client relationship, clients may find it difficult to negotiate boundaries or to recognize or defend themselves against boundary violations.  Clients may also be unaware of the need for professional boundaries and, therefore, may at times even initiate behaviour or make requests that could constitute boundary violations.

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Social Media - Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - TikTok

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc.

Synergetic Healing Psychotherapy has an Instagram account that shares inspirational content, information, tips and techniques. All clients and previous clients are welcome to follow the page. However, please note that Instagram displays your username on the "list of followers." There is no way to hide this information; please use it at your own risk.

Therapists at Synergetic Healing Psychotherapy will not follow you back on a social media platform. Our professional account only follows other health professionals. Our reason for this philosophy is to protect your identity. For example, casual viewing of clients’ online content outside of the therapy hour can create confusion in regard to whether it’s being done as a part of your treatment or to satisfy my personal curiosity. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with us, please bring them into our sessions where we can view and explore them together during the therapy hour.

Please Note*: Any requests to follow or friend on the therapist's personal account will be declined or ignored.

SMS, Email and Janeapp

Synergetic Healing Psychotherapy prefers using Jane App or email to arrange or modify appointments. Please do not email, text, call or voicemail content related to your therapy sessions, as email is not completely secure or confidential. Your privacy is of utmost importance. Please be advised that email communication is reserved for scheduling of consultation or appointment time and date. Emails pertaining to specific mental or physical health questions put you at risk for health information hacks. Please call me directly to discuss your questions.  

This message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s), and it may contain privileged and confidential information. 

In-Person Services

Some social media apps offer a "check-in" GPS tracking that can be disabled on your device. Please be aware of this risk if you are intentionally “checking in,” from my office or if you have an enabled location service with "find my devices" apps.