09 May 2020

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3 Things You Should Know About Online Therapy Safety

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Are you considering taking online therapy? Here are three safety measures you can take when trying it out.

(1) Find Qualified Counsellors

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As stated in a 2020 article published in the Human Givens Institute, there are three things to consider for online counsellor selection.

  • Experience– Face-to-face experience is one of the top online counsellor qualifications.
  • Legality– Some therapists aren’t licensed to provide therapy within a certain state or location. In case the client still wants to proceed despite this knowledge, written consent can be provided.
  • Insurance– It best to check if online therapy covers your insurance policy.

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(2) Aim for Data Protection

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Amy Novotney emphasised in her recent article for the American Psychological Association that data protection should a top priority for online therapy.

Here are some laws that will help safeguard your privacy:

  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) -According to the HIPAA Journal, this American law requires companies to prevent data leaks.
  • PHIPA & PIPEDA (Personal Health Information Protection Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) – These Canadian laws serve the same function as HIPAA. PHIPA covers organisations while PIPEDA applies to health information custodians.
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) – European Union’s toughest data privacy law imposes heavy fines on violators, some amounting to millions of dollars.

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(3) Pick the Right Platform

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Using a secure online counsellor platform that works well for you is also important.

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