My screening involves a couple of steps, but I promise they won't be too painful. All communication is kept confidential, & sensitive documents are destroyed after our session is finished.
Step 1) Communication. This is easy & likely you're already doing it. Tell me what you want, what you're looking for, what your interests are. I want to ensure that we're a good fit for each other, so we need a little bit of back & forth initially.
Step 2) See, you're already a third of the way there. I require at least a $50 deposit. I accept e-transfers or PayPal payments to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or an Amazon/Sephora giftcard. If you choose PayPal, please make sure it's for friends/family/gift & not as a payment, as this will take a fee from your payment & will send me your address. Please limit the deposits in the form of a gift card to $50 (AKA please don't ask to pay for the whole booking this way). This deposit will be subtracted from your final booking total. Please note that if you cancel or reschedule 24+ hours before our date, I will apply the deposit (whatever amount you have sent) to your next booking. If you cancel a second time & we have not met, then your deposit will not be refunded. If you cancel in less than 24 hrs or you no-show, I will be retaining your deposit as a pain-in-the-ass fee. You might have a tough time booking me again.
Step 3) For the third & final step, you can choose one of four options: 1) provide the reference from one provider actively working in the community (which I will check - you are required to let her know that I will be contacting her), 2) provide a photo of your face next to your license (you may block out all info except for name and birth date), or 4) link or screenshot your LinkedIn or workplace website (must show your name). Rest assured I have no interest in stealing your identity (that would be bad for business), & am only using your ID to help assure my safety.
If you believe my having a miniscule amount of your personal information is more important than my personal safety, I am afraid we won't be a good fit for each other.