Informed Consent for Remote Therapy Services
There are potential benefits and risks of video-conferencing (e.g. limits to patient confidentiality) that differ from in-person sessions. It is your responsibility to ensure your confidentiality when engaging in online therapy at your home, work, school, or other environments. It is strongly recommend that you choose a secure space while participating in remote therapy and that you ensure that no recording devices have been turned on, either by you or someone else (i.e. friend, family member).
Confidentiality still applies for remote therapy services, and nobody will record or share the session without the permission from the others person(s).
The use of a webcam or smartphone during the session is required
Headphones are strongly suggested and help improve privacy and quality of the call
It is important to be in a quiet, private space that is free of distractions (including cell phones or other devices) during the session
It is important to use a secure internet connection rather than public/free Wi-Fi
It is important to be on time. If you need to cancel or change your appointment, you must notify me 2 business days in advance by phone or email, as you would for a regular session.
doxy.me will be the secure video service used. An invitation or link will be sent prior to the initial call by text or email. A phone number is required as backup in case of technical difficulties.
I consent to the use of alternative services like FaceTime, Skype or What’s App with the knowledge that they do not offer the same degree of security as doxy.me and are not HIPA or PHIPA compliant at this time.
Gayle Saifert D.C.S., RSW (#801185)