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Getting started with Secure Messaging

Getting started with Secure Messaging

Secure Messaging brings safe, secure, and HIPAA compliant communication to SimplePractice. Secure Messaging makes it easy to communicate with your clients and team members all in one place.

You can use the links below to navigate through this guide:

Note: Secure Messaging is a premium feature available on the Professional Plan. You can learn more about our plans and pricing on our SimplePractice Pricing page.

How to enable Secure Messaging

To message your clients, you must first enable Secure Messaging on both the Practice Level and the individual Client Level.

To enable Secure Messaging at the Practice Level:

  • Navigate to My Account > Settings > Secure Messaging
  • Switch the toggle to On to enable Secure Messaging between you and your Clients

Note: If you’ve added Team Members to your account, you must first switch Secure Messaging On for your Team before you can do so for your clients.

  • You can enable Secure Messaging between yourself and individual clients from that page, or from the client’s Overview Page > Edit details > Client Portal tab


Note: When any user sends a Secure Message and the recipient does not read the message after 2 minutes, a notification email will be sent automatically.

Sending messages to your clients

You can easily communicate with your clients once Secure Messaging is enabled for them on either a desktop computer or your mobile device's default browser. Messages sent to clients will trigger an email containing a quick login link that will enable the client to bypass the login process for 24 hours. This allows them to receive and respond to your secure message quickly and easily from their desktop or mobile device.

To send a Secure Message, click the Secure Message icon:


You'll be able to access the Secure Message icon from any page of your SimplePractice account. After you have used Secure Messaging, when you click the icon, your past conversations will automatically open. You can either select one of your past conversations to continue, or you can choose to start a new conversation by selecting the New Message icon:


You will then see a list of clients and Team Members who you've recently messaged, as well as a Search Bar. Once you select a client to message, you will see the option to Enable Secure Messaging to start the chat:


Alternatively, if that client’s Secure Messaging has already been enabled, you can just start writing your Secure Message:


When you send a Secure Message, your client will receive an email alerting them that you’ve messaged them:



Your client can open the email from either their desktop or mobile device. They will be able to view the message and reply back without having to sign in for 24 hours. After 24 hours, clients will have to use their email address to request a Instant Sign In link to sign in and access your message. We require signing in order to keep Secure Messaging HIPAA compliant.

You will see your client's response in your Secure Messages and will be alerted by an orange dot next to your Secure Message icon. 



How to disable Secure Messaging for a client

If you need to disable Secure Messaging for a client for any reason, navigate to the client's Overview page and click Edit. Go to their Client Portal tab, and uncheck the box next to Use Secure Messaging:


When you're finished, click Save Access.

What to do if you need to delete a Secure Message

If you accidentally send a message to a client that you didn't mean to send, follow these step to help minimize the chance that your client saw the message:

These steps can be helpful in cases where accidental PHI is sent to the wrong client via Secure Message.

Sending messages to your team

Secure Messaging works the same way for your team as it does with clients, but the potential uses depend each your team members' role:

  • Billers and Schedulers can send clinicians direct Secure Messages with their questions, notes, or actions required.
  • Schedulers can instantly inform clinicians when a client calls or leaves a message.
  • Billers can easily communicate about insurance information for a specific client.
  • Supervisors can advise interns directly in SimplePractice.
  • Clinicians can collaborate with other clinicians in your practice on a case, coordinate office scheduling, and even share SimplePractice tips.

Note: Clinicians will only be able to message clients if they have been granted Client Access. You can learn more about granting team members client access here: Client access and changing access levels.

Sending messages from your mobile device

You have the ability to send and receive secure messages from your SimplePractice app on iOS or Android.      

With Secure Messaging, you can conveniently initiate conversations with both team members and clients. Team members and clients will first need to have Secure Messaging enabled. To do so, you will need to enable it from the web app on your computer. Please see this guide for instructions on how to enable Secure Messaging: Getting started with Secure Messaging.

Note: You can respond to any existing conversation in Secure Messaging.

How to enable push notifications

You can opt to receive a push notification on your mobile phone and respond in a timely manner directly from your SimplePractice mobile app. When you tap on the notification, your app will open so that you can send a HIPAA compliant response quickly to your clients and team members. You can access the Push Notification management screen by clicking Settings in your SimplePractice app. There are four different push notifications available, and here you can customize which ones you receive:

  • Session Alerts - tell you when a session is about to start.
  • New Message - tell you when a new Secure Message is received.
  • Session Request Alerts - tell you when a new session has been requested.
  • Video Session Alerts - tell you when a video session is about to start.

You can choose to receive all, some, or none of these push notifications.

Note: If you're experiencing any issues with accessing this feature, upgrading to the latest version of the mobile app will allow you to access all of the current features and to enjoy the full benefits of this update.

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