What we discuss will be held in confidence and not shared with others. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes. The privilege of confidentiality that exists for the clergy, therapists and attorneys is not granted to coaching professionals.
That said, as your coach I am ethically bound to protect the confidentiality of our communications and will do so. I will only release information about our work to others with your written permission or in response to a court order. These situations are quite rare in coaching practices. If such a situation occurs in our relationship, I will make every effort to discuss it with you before taking any action.
As you are no doubt aware, it is impossible to protect the confidentiality of information that is transmitted electronically. This is particularly true of e-mail and information stored on computers that are connected to the Internet; especially when there is not some form of security protection in place.
Fees for coaching sessions must be paid in advance by credit card through my website by the first day of the month in which they are provided unless an alternative arrangement is agreed to in writing. Services not paid for in advance will not be provided. You agree to give 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or change the time of an appointment. Otherwise, after the second such incident, all future cancellations will be charged in full. I agree that every effort will be made to reschedule sessions, which are cancelled in a timely manner.
It is also important to understand that coaching is a professional relationship. While it may often feel like a close personal relationship, it is not one that can extend beyond professional boundaries both during and after our work together. Considerable experience shows that when boundaries blur, the hard-won benefits gained from the coaching relationship are endangered.
No information in my coaching services is intended or implied to be a substitute for professional mental health, medical, or legal advice or is meant to replace any of these professional relationships. I recommend that you consult a qualified professional prior to utilizing any of the information provided by me during any of my coaching services.