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Social Media Policy


(March 18, 2024)

Social Media is a fantastic tool that helps people get informed and engaged. We use social media for this purpose, and as such, our governing bodies require us to have a Social Media Policy. This document outlines our policies related to use of social media. Please read it to understand how we conduct ourselves on the Internet as professionals and how you can expect us to respond to various interactions that may occur between us on the Internet. 

If you have any questions about our policy, please be sure to bring them up when you meet with your psychopsychotherapist and you can talk more about it. Alternatively you can contact us by email. Social media is also something that is constantly changing and there may be times when we need to update this policy. If this happens, we will post the revised policy on our website and inform you of the changes in your session.

Let’s talk about confidentiality for a moment. You are the person that can decide what you want to keep confidential with regards to your therapy sessions. As psychopsychotherapists, we have a responsibility to keep your relationship and personal information completely confidential, with some exceptions, as outlined in the Privacy Policy. Thus, if you post on any of our social media pages, you are opening up the possibility of people inferring about your relationship or asking you about your connection to us. You get to decide what you tell people. You have a choice as to what you reveal about yourself online, however we will not reveal our connection to you.

This is how we handle different social media options:


We do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc). We believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship. We also do not interact with clients on social networking sites, including messages sent through these sites. If you need to contact us between sessions, the best way to do so is by phone or by email.


We have no expectation that you as a client will want to follow our blog, business Facebook feed, Pinterest Boards, LinkedIn or Instagram. In fact, our Ethics Codes prohibit our soliciting testimonials from clients. As such we make a practice of deleting any comments regarding our services from current or former clients on these platforms.

You are welcome to use your own discretion in choosing whether to follow us.  Please note that we will not follow you back. We mainly follow other health professionals and local businesses on social media and do not follow current or former clients on any social media site. 

Our reasoning is that we believe 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 our personal curiosity. In addition, viewing your online activities without your consent and without our explicit arrangement towards a specific purpose could potentially have a negative influence on our working relationship. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with your psychotherapist, please bring them into your sessions where you can view and explore them together, during the therapy hour. 


Please do not use messaging on Social Networking sites to contact us. Also, please do not use wall postings, @replies, or other means of engaging with me in public online if we have an already established client/psychotherapist relationship.  These sites are not secure and your psychotherapist may not read these messages in a timely fashion.  Also, if there were an emergency, your psychotherapist would not be able to respond in a timely manner as we may not check these accounts regularly. The best way to interact with us is by email or phone. If you post on our wall it may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart.  We will delete any requests regarding your sessions that appear on any of our social media platforms.


You may have social media accounts, however we do not look up information about our clients on any of them for any reason. It is important to us that we know you as you are in our office. If we do come across your information online, you can be assured that your psychotherapist will move on and avoid reading content.

Extremely rare exceptions may be made during times of crisis. If your psychotherapist has a reason to suspect that you are in danger and you have not been in touch with them via your usual means (coming to appointments, phone, or email) there might be an instance in which using a search engine (to find you, find someone close to you, or to check on your recent status updates) becomes necessary as part of ensuring your welfare. These are very unusual situations and if your psychotherapist ever resorts to such means, they will fully document it and discuss it with you when you next meet. 


You may find our group practice on business review sites such as Yelp, Google, Yahoo Local, Bing, or other places which list businesses. Some of these sites include forums in which users rate their providers and add reviews. Many of these sites comb search engines for business listings and automatically add listings regardless of whether the business has added itself to the site. If you should find our listing on any of these sites, please know that our listing is NOT a request for a testimonial, rating, or endorsement from you as our client.

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) Standard for Advertising states, “Testimonials from clients, former clients, or other persons regarding a member’s practice are not permitted in advertising.” (CRPO Standards of Practice, Standard 6.2: Advertising and Representing Yourself and Your Services).

You have a right to express yourself on any site you wish. However, due to confidentiality, your psychotherapist cannot respond to any review on any of these sites whether it is positive or negative. We urge you to take your own privacy as seriously as we take our commitment of confidentiality to you. You should also be aware that if you are using these sites to communicate indirectly with your psychotherapist about your feelings about our work, there is a good possibility that they may never see it.

If you are working together with your psychotherapist, our hope is that you will bring your feelings and reactions to our work directly into the therapy process. This can be an important part of therapy, even if you decide that your psychotherapist is not a good fit. None of this is meant to keep you from sharing that you are in therapy wherever and with whomever you like.  Confidentiality means that your psychotherapist cannot tell people that you are their client and our Ethics Codes prohibit us from requesting testimonials. But you are more than welcome to tell anyone you wish who your psychotherapist is or how you feel about the treatment provided to you, in any forum of your choosing.

If you do choose to write something on a business review site, we hope you will keep in mind that you may be sharing personally revealing information in a public forum. We urge you to create a pseudonym that is not linked to your regular email address or friend networks for your own privacy and protection. We also invite you to speak directly with your psychotherapist or the clinic regarding any questions or concerns you may have. We will endeavor to address them immediately.

If you feel your psychotherapist has done something harmful or unethical and you do not feel comfortable discussing it with them, you can always contact the agencies which we are registered with, and they will review the services your psychotherapist has provided. 

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

375 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5G 2J5

Telephone: 416-479-4330

Toll-free: 1-844-712-1364

Fax: 416-639-2168


If you use location-based services on your mobile phone, you may wish to be aware of the privacy issues related to using these services. We do not place our group practice as a check-in location on various sites such as Foursquare, Facebook, etc.  However, if you have GPS tracking enabled on your device, it is possible that others may surmise that you are a therapy client due to your location.


Thank you for taking the time to review our Social Media Policy. If you have questions or concerns about any of these policies and procedures or regarding our potential interactions on the Internet, do bring them to your psychotherapist’s attention so that they can discuss it with you.