E-mail communications cannot be guaranteed the same privacy as other mediums. The reality is that internet providers, some government agencies and malicious hackers may have access to anyone’s e-mail information. In addition, you may mistype my e-mail address and private clinical information could be sent to a stranger. For these reasons, while you may at times want to send an e-mail to ask a question or schedule an appointment, I strongly urge you to avoid including sensitive clinical information. Examples may include using names, symptoms, diagnoses and the fact that you are my client. Making such disclosures runs the risk of breaching your own confidentiality. Please note that all email communications become part of your chart and are subject to the same privacy guidelines as the rest of your records.
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