Social Media Policies

  1. Friending: We do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking sites. We believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise confidentiality and privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship.

  2. Blog on my website: The blog on our website is a collection of articles on many topics related to mental health from various sources. We do encourage you to read any articles of interest to you. Feel free to bring them up and discuss them with us in psychotherapy sessions.

  3. Email: We prefer using email only to arrange or modify appointments. Please do not email us content related to your therapy sessions, as email is not completely secure or confidential. If you choose to communicate with us by email, be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of your and our Internet service providers. While it is unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are, in theory, available to be read by the system administrator of the Internet service provider. You should also know that any emails we receive from you and any responses that we send to you may become a part of your therapy record. Also, in an emergency situation, please use the phone to reach us. Do not email us in an emergency because we may not be able to get back to you in a timely way. In an emergency, if you cannot reach us by phone, please call 9-1-1.

  4. Text messaging: Please do not use SMS (mobile phone text messaging) or messaging on Social Networking sites to contact us. These sites are not secure and we may not read these messages in a timely fashion. If you need to contact us between sessions, the best way to do that is by phone. Direct email at lynn@lynnbenjamin.com is second best for quick, administrative issues such as making or changing appointment times.

  5. Use of search engines: It is NOT a regular part of our practice to search for clients on Facebook, Google or other search engines. Extremely rare exceptions may be made during times of crisis. If we have a reason to suspect that you are in danger and you have not been in touch with us via our usual means (coming to appointments, phone, or email) there might be an instance in which using a search engine (to find you or to check on your recent status updates) becomes necessary as part of ensuring your welfare. These are unusual situations, and if we ever resort to such means, we will fully document it and discuss it with you when we next meet.