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Many therapists, if they walk into a restaurant and see that a client is in line in front of them, will turn around and go find somewhere else to eat. I once sat down at a movie and realized that my analyst was sitting a couple rows ahead of us eating popcorn. We stayed… and I spent the whole two hours wondering what she thought about the movie, watching her reactions, and activated with all the emotional content that got activated when we were in a session. I don’t want to go to the movies with my analyst. Except for the part of me that does, that often dreamt I was living in her house with her family. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if SHE were my mother?

So if I establish a Facebook presence, I’m inviting my clients into my living room, where I am giving a party for all the people who know me best. What a terrible idea! I’ve gone back and forth, establishing a Facebook page and then taking it down again. The problem is, it’s an excellent way to keep up with what’s happening in my daughter’s life! So I’ve created a Facebook presence under a pseudonym, and I just use it to connect with a few people.

Here’s a link to a good policy statement regarding therapy and social media, something to hand to clients regarding the therapist’s policy on social media.

http://www.drkkolmes.com/docs/socmed.pdf

I regret not being able to keep up with my extended community through Facebook. It’s hard to walk out of that restaurant, too.

Here’s a quote from a good policy statement by Keely Kolmes, Psy.D., regarding therapy and social media, something to hand to clients regarding the therapist’s policy on social media.


FRIENDING
I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking
site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites
can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries
of our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we
meet and we can talk more about it.
FANNING As of 4/14/10, I deleted my Facebook Page after concluding that the potential risks of maintaining such a Page
outweigh any potential gains. This section has been retained for those wishing to view the original document.
I keep a Facebook Page for my professional practice to allow people to share my blog posts and
practice updates with other Facebook users. All of the information shared on this page is
available on my website.
You are welcome to view my Facebook Page and read or share articles posted there, but I do
not accept clients as Fans of this Page. I believe having clients as Facebook Fans creates a
greater likelihood of compromised client confidentiality and I feel it is best to be explicit to all who
may view my list of Fans to know that they will not find client names on that list. In addition, the
American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code prohibits my soliciting testimonials from
clients. I feel that the term “Fan” comes too close to an implied request for a public endorsement
of my practice.
Note that you should be able to subscribe to the page via RSS without becoming a Fan and
without creating a visible, public link to my Page. You are more than welcome to do this.

http://www.drkkolmes.com/docs/socmed.pdf

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