CLIENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please read these terms and conditions which apply to the provision of my professional services. By making an appointment, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. If you are unable or unwilling to agree to these terms and conditions, then you should not book an appointment or continue with your course of therapy.
FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION
A free 15-minute online initial consultation will be offered upon request. No therapy will be provided during the consultation.
The purpose of this initial consultation is to answer any questions you may have. During these calls, estimates of the number of sessions required to deal with your presenting issue are given on the basis of the information presented at that time. Estimates are only rough guidelines and are subject to change.
BOOKING & PAYMENT
In-person sessions: The balance of the fee is due when you schedule your session or 48 hours prior to the first session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 24 hours of the session appointment.
Online sessions: The balance of the fee is due when you schedule your session and the Intake Form & Waiver must be submitted at least 48 hours before your session.
CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING & REFUNDS
Cancellation & rescheduling
If you need to cancel or re-schedule a session, please provide as much notice as possible. Notification must be made via email or phone call at least 48 hours prior to an in-person session or 24 hours for an online session.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 48 hours of in-person sessions or 24 hours of online sessions.
Session fees are for my time and professional expertise and are not a guarantee of a successful outcome. Therefore, no refunds will be given for any sessions where you have attended and paid for the session.
Where a discount package or therapy program has been booked and paid for in advance, if you choose to discontinue your therapy process before attending all the sessions, a pro-rated refund will be issued after deduction of the full standard session fee for any sessions you have attended.
All professional fees will be disclosed to you prior to booking. My professional fees are subject to review and may increase from time to time. You will always receive confirmation of the professional fees before booking.
Payment may be made online via credit/debit card or PAYPAL™. Payment for in-person sessions can also be made via credit/debit card at the end of your session. Cash and checks will not be accepted without prior agreement.
CONTACT BETWEEN SESSIONS
Any contact between sessions will be by telephone, email, or letter during office hours only. Any messages received outside of these hours will be dealt with during office hours only.
MEDICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS
I may ask questions about your medical history to establish any contra-indications to treatment. This will also help to assess whether your health is affecting (or being affected by) the therapeutic goals you wish to achieve. Please update me of any medical changes during your course of therapy, or if you are returning to therapy after a period of absence.
If you are receiving care or treatment from any medical, healthcare, or therapy practitioner, e.g. GP, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Counsellor, you may be asked to seek their permission before any therapy sessions can commence.
*Please note that I will be unable to offer my professional services if you suffer from epilepsy or any form of psychosis.
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in online sessions. Clients under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will be seen in-person.
ATTENDING YOUR SESSIONS
Please ensure that you are available at your session start time. If you are running late, please let me know as soon as possible. I will do my best to make a full session available, however, as the ability to do this will depend on bookings after your session, this cannot be guaranteed.
Hypnotherapy recordings should not be listened to whilst driving, operating machinery, or undertaking any other activity where concentration is required. Any recording provided is for your personal use only and must not be shared, lent, copied, or sold under any circumstances.
OUTCOME OF SESSIONS
The agreement to work on the issues presented by you in no way implies or guarantees the resolution of your presenting issue(s). No outcome can or will be guaranteed. However, I will always endeavor to use my best efforts and skills to work towards your goals and intended outcomes.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
During the course of any therapy sessions, I will treat you with respect and not abuse the trust you place in me. I will use best practices at all times in our mutual interest. In return, you undertake not to harm yourself, or any other person, including me, or any property belonging to either me or any other person.
You agree not to attend sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, except those medications which have been prescribed by your doctor. If you do attend any sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs or demonstrate violent or abusive behavior, I will cancel the session and may refuse to see you for any further sessions without refunding any payment already made.
All contact, including sessions, telephone conversations, and emails, will be conducted in confidence and may be recorded. Prior to any recording, your agreement will be sought. All recordings, conversations, and notes will remain confidential, except in the following circumstances:
Where you give permission for confidentiality to be broken.
Where I am compelled by a court of law.
Where a referring GP or other healthcare professional requires a report. A copy of the report will be available on request
Where the information is of a nature that confidentiality cannot be maintained, for example:
The possibility of harm to yourself or others exists.
In cases of fraud or crime.
When minors (under 18 years old) are involved.
LIABILITY & INDEMNITY
Under no circumstances will [practitioner name] be liable for any damages, including without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential, or other damages (including without limitation lost profits, lost revenues, or similar economic loss), whether in contract, tort or otherwise, arising out of the advice or information provided to you during professional services provided by [practitioner name]. In addition, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold [practitioner name] harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of your participation in the professional services.
These terms and conditions and any other matters arising out of or in relation to these terms, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of South Dakota. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the South Dakota courts to settle any dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these terms and conditions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS UPDATES
These terms and conditions are subject to revisions without notice. Please familiarize yourself with any amendments if you have re-started therapy with me after a long period of absence.
CONCERNS & COMPLAINTS
If you have a concern or complaint regarding your therapy, please discuss this with me in the first instance and I will endeavor to resolve the issue.
STATEMENTS OF UNDERSTANDING
By booking a session you are consenting to this Client Agreement, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Client Agreement. You also agree with the statements below:
I confirm that I have been advised by Dawn Sorenson of the scope of the therapies that she provides and give my full consent to receiving therapy sessions from Dawn Sorenson
I understand that results may vary from person to person and the agreement with Dawn Sorenson to work on the issues or problems presented by me, using whatever therapies are appropriate to my situation, in no way implies or guarantees the resolution of any presenting problems or issues.
I understand that hypnotherapy or any other therapy or information provided by Dawn Sorenson either in person or via telephone, email, or internet, is not a replacement or substitute for medical, psychological, or psychiatric treatment. If I have any doubts or concerns about my health, I will seek advice from an appropriately qualified healthcare professional.
I declare that, if advised by Dawn Sorenson prior to or following any therapy sessions, to seek medical approval, I will consult with my GP, hospital consultant, and/or other healthcare professional and gain the appropriate written approval for [practitioner name] prior to the next therapy session.
I have been advised that I am free to terminate any or all sessions at any time.
I understand that my level of motivation is vital in the therapy process and I agree to participate to the best of my ability at all times, including making reasonable use of therapeutic suggestions during and between sessions, as well as listening to MP3 recordings and/or carrying out other therapeutic tasks as appropriate.