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TERMS OF SERVICES
PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
There is important Information to know about the Client-Counselor/Coach/Educator relationship before entering into services. The most essential things every client should know about
regard the extent of privacy and confidentiality that the Counselor needs to abide to under the law or could be sanctioned for. However, there are some circumstances
where a Counselor may be a mandated reporter. A client should ask about that. Ms. Murphy-Hughes' HIPPA Form will be provided and is to be signed prior to the
start of counseling. The Counselor will be specific on this form concerning the exceptions to privacy. All mandatory forms will need to be signed before the first
session begins. After deciding on what works best for the client, why the client is seeking counseling, and the missed appointment terms/cancellation policy, etc.,
any other questions or concerns should be discussed up-front. Ms. Murphy-Hughes
encourages questions and communication to enhance the therapeutic relationship.
The Counselor can guide you and provide you with the knowledge and skill set to clearly and define your goals and assist you in: maintaining the motivation to achieve
them, plus explore what may be standing in your way of doing so. Each client will be given supplemental assignments or reading, generally in combination with practice
skills to do between sessions to enhance the quality of their experience. If a client is sincerely wanting to make whatever changes needed they will put the effort
forward. It is the client's Journey Through Life. As the Counselor I walk aside of your journey, but the client is always the driver. To reach either their personal or
professional goals, a major element of that commitment is to do the work in the present. The exercises....will benefit the client long after counseling is over.
The commitment to follow-through is also written into the agreement to maximize the most successful outcome.
Ms. Murphy-Hughes will provide the Terms of Service (Service Agreement), Privacy and Confidentiality Agreement (HIPPA) via e-mail for
beginning clients. It is also provided The clients can then read, review, & complete the forms and return them by e-mail before the first session begins.
More importantlywhether a client is Face-to-Face or a Distance Counseling Client, they have the advanced time to review, take their time in filling them out, and ask any
questions they have. Then the interested Client can e-mail back the forms prior to the first session, or mail them back if time allows. It helps the initial session flow better when the Counselor
already has these and the other mandatory forms available to review in advance.
I hope you will find this helpful. ~ Renee