Consent for Services Delivered by Phone or Video
The use of telephones or video conferencing can come with some unique risks, and it is important to be familiar with these.
Instructions on using VirtualCare can be found here.
As most sessions are now taking place via phone or video, you will be asked to provide a credit card number which we can keep on file. This will be charged only after services have been rendered, if you are responsible for paying for those services.
While we can research the security of a particular online tool, we are not internet security experts. The internet is constantly evolving and changing in terms of online security and threats to such security. Therefore, clients should bear in mind that there is some loss of control over issues of confidentiality and privacy, in that your clinician cannot guarantee complete security of information exchanged. However, we can assure you that we consider our online security to be of paramount importance, and that we are reasonably assured of the security of our systems.
It’s important for us to know where you are during the session, so that we can take action in the event of an emergency.
Because loss of communication could happen at any point during online service (eg, loss of the internet connection), it is important to have a plan in place. This will usually involve us calling the phone number we have on file for you; please let us know if any other arrangements are necessary.
To benefit from phone or video sessions, you will need to ensure that you have a private space in which to make contact with your therapist. If none is available in your home, you might consider doing a phone session from inside a parked car.
Video sessions will consume a considerable amount of cellular data, so you might want to consider using video only when you have access to a wireless network.
Note that telephones are rarely encrypted, putting them at hypothetically greater risk of hacking or tapping, though this appears to be quite rare.
If you are paying out of pocket for services, please contact the office to provide your credit card information. This information will be kept on file for future sessions.