Because of the pandemic, I am offering free therapy via Skype or Zoom. My hope is to give comfort to those struggling during this time. Since all sessions are held online at this time the only Privacy Statement needed is for Telehealth. There is nothing you need to sign.
A Privacy Statement is a central part of a psychotherapist's code of ethics. Psychotherapist's understand that for people to feel comfortable talking about private and revealing information, they need to know they can talk about anything they'd like, without fear of that information leaving the room. Below are various Privacy Statements. While you do not need to sign anything for telehealth, the privacy laws are the same with some exceptions because of the technical plateform the sessions are being held.
I _______________________________(name of client) hereby consent to engage in telehealth with Dawn Mehalakis, MA, LMFT as part of my psychotherapy. I understand that “telehealth includes the practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data and education using interactive audio, video, or data communications. I understand that telehealth also involves the communication of my mental health information, both orally and visually, to health care practitioners located in California only.
I understand that I have the following rights with respect to telehealth:
I have read and understand the information provided above. I have discussed it with my psychotherapist, and all of my questions have been answered to my satisfaction.