Social Media Policy

This document outlines my office policies related to use of social media. Please read it to understand how I conduct myself on the Internet as a mental health professional and how you can expect me to respond to interactions that may occur between us on the Internet. Please discuss any questions or concerns about this policy you may have with me.

Separate Accounts:

Karen Godfrey Choate holds separate and isolated accounts to be used for the sole purpose of professional matters regarding Karen Godfrey Choate LLC. These accounts are separate from any personal accounts held by therapist as an individual.


Please use email to contact me for administrative reasons only (modifying appointments, billing information, etc.). Please remember that if you email content related to our counseling sessions, it is not completely secure or confidential. Any emails I receive from you and any responses I send to you become a part of your mental health record. Preferred encrypted email is

Text Messages:

Please do not send text messages, unless otherwise agreed upon. Any text message I receive from you becomes a part of your mental health record.


I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Adding clients as friends on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our therapeutic relationship.


I will not follow any client on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or other apps/websites. If there is content you wish to share from your online life, please bring it into our sessions where we can explore it together.

Search Engines:

It is not a regular part of my practice to search for clients on Google, Facebook, or other searchable sites.

Location-Based Services:

To protect your privacy, do not check-in at my office on Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, or any other location- based service. If you have enabled location services on your mobile phone, check-ins on such services could make it possible for others to surmise you are a counseling client at my office location.

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