This document contains important information about my services and practices. Please read it carefully and note any questions you might have. I will be glad to discuss them with you. If you decide to use my services and sign this document, it will represent an agreement between us.
What is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)?
I am a certified practitioner of EFT. This technique utilizes tapping on energy centers in the body while simultaneously surfacing distressing emotions. It relies on the body’s natural energy system to correct many of the mind-body-spirit origins of suffering. Many of these practices have roots in ancient spiritual and healing traditions. They also reflect current understandings from brain research, cognitive studies and energetic systems. EFT is grounded in extensive clinical trials with peer review and these studies are available for examination.
What are the limitations of my EFT practice?
EFT is not a substitute for the diagnosis and/or treatment of medical or mental health conditions by a licensed health-care professional. If you have a disorder that has been diagnosed and treated by a licensed health professional my services should be considered as adjunct to that care. I do not diagnose or treat medical or mental health disorders, nor am I trained or licensed to do so.
What do we do in an EFT session?
The practitioner and client tap together, each on their own bodies, as we talk through the aspects of various presenting issues. Our goal is to allow the energy to correct and clear emotional charges that are retained by the body/mind. The methods used are gentle and non-invasive and we move at the pace of the client. We plan for most sessions to last about one hour.
My background and training
I am a certified EFT Practitioner, Intermediate level. My certification is through EFT Universe and its training program. If you have any questions about EFT and this certification I recommend that you inquire directly at eftuniverse.com.
I am also an ordained minister, having served congregations for over thirty-five years. I hold a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. I have extensive experience working with individuals and families passing through difficult times. My publications include several books and many articles. Though I work with all persons, religious or not, I do have extensive knowledge of religious traditions and spirituality and may integrate that perspective for those who desire it.
I keep brief notes on each session, primarily noting the date of the session, the issues addressed and techniques used. You are welcome to request that I make these notes available to other providers. All records are securely maintained and are retained for at least seven years, after which time I securely dispose of them.
With the exception of special circumstances described below, I maintain strict confidentiality, not sharing anything we have discussed with any other person without your permission. You may direct me to share information with whomever you choose, and you can change your mind and revoke that permission at any time.
Following are exceptions to your right to confidentiality:
- There are situations in which I am obligated to protect others from harm, even if I have to reveal some information about a client’s sessions. This includes the abuse of children, the elderly or disabled. It also includes instances in which the client intends to harm him/herself or another person.
- If you disclose the unethical behavior of any other provider of medical or psychological services I would be required to report this to that practitioner’s state licensing board.
- In certain legal proceedings a judge may order my testimony. Confidentiality is not protected when a judge makes such an order.
Fees for services and payment
My standard fee for a 60 minute session is $100. That fee may be prorated for a longer or shorter session. With prior agreement we may adjust the fee level due to personal circumstances. Payment is expected at the time of services unless we agree otherwise. Once an appointment is scheduled you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide twenty-four hours advance notice of cancellation. Exceptions may be made for circumstances beyond control. When we meet face-to-face payment may be made in the form of cash, check, or debit/credit card. When we Skype payment is made through PayPal.
Other aspects of our relationship
You have the right to ask me anything about our sessions and the EFT practices I employ. I am always willing to discuss how and why we approaching the issues in a particular kind of way. I never engage in sexual intimacies with clients. Normally you will be the one who decides when our work together will end, but there are times when I will determine that I am unable to provide you with the care you need or that our work has come to a close. In cases when a client verbally or physically threatens me or my family I terminate the relationship immediately and unilaterally. I also reserve the right to refuse to work with those who are under the influence of a mood altering substance.
If you are unhappy with the way our work is unfolding I hope you will talk with me about it so that I may respond directly. I will take your concerns seriously and treat them respectfully. If you believe that I have performed my role incompetently or acted unethically you can register a complaint about my behavior with the organization that certifies me as an EFT Practitioner:
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
c/o Energy Psychology Group
PO Box 442
Fulton, CA 95439
Your signature below indicates that you have read the information in this document, understand it fully, have discussed any questions or matters of concern with me and/or others, and agree to abide by its terms during our professional relationship.
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