I have a dedicated Gary Parsons Counselling Facebook page, which I use to share mental health based articles, quotes, pictures, videos or occasionally humour relevant to the service I provide.
You are welcome to Like/Follow this page - however there is no obligation or expectation that you do so.
I do not engage with Clients if they choose to comment on posts and I am unable to offer counselling or help comments in this way. I encourage any discussion points or communication around content to take place in the counselling room where it can be attended to with the confidentiality and attention it deserves. Please be aware engaging with my page may compromise your confidentiality in the sense people you know will be able to observe this as it is in the public domain.
I ask that private messaging, or tagging publicly is not secure communication and should be avoided, communication via email@example.com specifically for the purpose of arranging or cancelling sessions is the best way to make sure your message is secure and will be read.
I am ethically and professionally unable to engage in any relationships with current or former clients, doing so would be potentially damaging to the therapeutic relationship and would blur professional boundaries, as such I do not accept friend requests or contact to any personal profile pages on social media which are reserved for family and friends.
I have a dedicated Gary Parsons Counselling Twitter profile, @GPCounselling, which I use to share mental health based articles, quotes, pictures, videos or occasionally humour relevant to the service I provide. You are welcome to follow this account, or to like or retweet and content you choose - as previously stated there is no obligation or expectation to do so.
Similarly, if you choose to follow the @GPCounselling account I will not follow back if I can identify you are a client, in order to retain professional boundaries and not potentially damage our working alliance. Communicating via @replies, or tagging publically is not secure communication and should be limited to official channels specifically for the purpose of arranging or cancelling sessions only. If you chose to retweet or like content, please do so with the knowledge that this can compromise your identity as a client to those who may see it. I am unable to offer counselling or helpful comments via twitter and encourge any discussion points or communication to take place within the counselling room or via email enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have blogged previously and fully intend to again now I am able to commit to doing so on a regular basis - This is usually in the form of observations based on my personal experiences, and written with an element of privacy in mind - I do not put things in the public domain that I wish to remain private. Please be aware that sharing any content I generate may identify you are someone who accesses a service I provide. Blog posts are not intended as a substitute for face to face professional help, and are created from a personal frame of reference relating to my own personal experiences - not a 'one size fits all' solution by any means. Some blogs have a subscribe facility, if you use this you are sharing you email address with the blog provider at your own discretion where it will be stored online - you can unsubscribe this at any time.