Understanding: Coaching is NOT psychotherapy, nor a substitute
for psychotherapy. It does not deal with the same issues and is not
covered (nor should it be) by any health insurance policies.
There are many invaluable interventions for clinical depression,
substance abuse, and other significant psychological difficulties
but personal coaching is not among them. Individuals experiencing
these kinds of problems should seek help from qualified psychotherapists. Coaching is designed to give focus, structure, and support to achieving life and career goals. I do not practice psychotherapy with my coaching clients. If issues arise that are best dealt with in a therapeutic context, I will make a
referral to an appropriately trained professional.
Confidentiality: Although not a therapeutic relationship, our discussions
and any related material are between us. I will not discuss anything we
have talked about nor release any information to anyone without your
informed, written consent or unless I am required to do so by law.
Exceptions to confidentiality include information about intent to
seriously harm an individual, child abuse, and elder abuse.
Coaching records may be able to be subpoenaed. Some means
of wireless communication (e.g., wireless telephones and email)
may not be secure from eavesdropping, so if you agree to their
use you are indicating your agreement to utilize a communication
medium that may not be entirely confidential.
Indemnity: Although there are no guarantees on the outcomes
from coaching, most people report significant progress on their goals.
Nevertheless, each party agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold
harmless the other party and its agents, officers, and employees
from and against any and all liability, expense, including defense
costs and legal fees incurred in connection with claims for
damages of any nature whatsoever including but not limited to,
bodily injury, death, personal injury, financial or business losses,
or property damage arising from such party’s performance or
failure to perform in obligations hereunder.