Whether for counseling, coaching, or supervision, it is important to be educated about the counselor as well as the services that are going to be provided. The informed consent and disclosure statement is an agreement of understanding about those services and gives permission to deliver them. It is a part of an entry packet of information that is shared to help you make educated decisions about your care once you become a client. It is revisited as needed throughout the time that services are rendered and you should always feel free to ask questions.
Communicating online or electronically whether via video, text, email, or chat is not always secure. As it pertains to counseling services there are national standards which outline ethical and legal obligations of counselors to maintain confidentiality in electronic information pertaining to you as the client. Standard email is not considered a secure method of communication. It is never advisable to communicate personal and private health information using regular email or text. I provide a safe and HIPAA compliant client portal for all communication. To join as a client please email me to request an invite.