Guidelines help make any therapeutic container safe. Here are a few that support my work with clients:
I will hold professional insurance so that we both are protected in case of accident or injury.
During sessions, you will inform me of any pain or discomfort, or if feelings of threat or un-safety arise.
You will provide me with accurate medical and health information and will inform me prior to our work of any change in your medical status.
Our work is an adjunct to healthcare, not a complete health care system. I will not diagnose or prescribe and I recommend all clients be under the care of a primary physician or naturopath.
Intoxication or altered state from substance use will not be allowed. The session will not begin and I will still charge for the session.
Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice (including no-show) will result in a full session charge. Emergency cancellation is excepted and needs to be discussed with me directly.
You will have confidentiality from me around our work and session material. [This can be broken by subpoena, summons, or court order. Confidentiality does not apply to certain types of child or elder abuse, or duty to warn.]
Sexual acts are not permitted.
Nominal lateness will likely be accommodated if I can. A pattern of nominal lateness will not be accommodated. Excessive lateness also will not be accommodated.
Client and therapist will exercise good hygiene, the recommendation being showering before a session.
Payment is expected at time of service.