ATC Remote Client-Professional Consent Agreement
In order to receive counseling services from ATC Counseling, LLC remotely, you must agree to the following:
You understand that I cannot guarantee a positive outcome, even though I am hopeful that our work together will be of help to you. In addition, you understand that online counseling is a new counseling procedure and its research and effectiveness is just beginning. Therefore, you understand that online counseling with me is an experimental procedure at this time.
You agree to supply your true full name, address, and phone number on the Client Questionnaire. You agree that all of the information you have provided to me in the Client Questionnaire is accurate, and that if any of this information is inaccurate, this may be a major limitation on my ability to help you.
You agree that you have read the separate section on Confidentiality below, and you agree with the terms set out in that section.
You understand that I am a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor by the National Christian Counselor Association.
You agree that you are at least 18 years old.
All online and telephone clients must understand and agree to the terms and conditions stated below.
You agree that online and telephone counseling is not equally safe and effective for all individuals. Thus, I reserve the right to choose whether or not to work with you online or by telephone. I will work with you only if I feel that you are a suitable client. If, during our work together, I discover that you are not a client that cannot benefit from online or telephone counseling, I will discuss this with you and suggest that you seek face-to-face counseling help through other mental health professionals in your local area such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or another Christian counselor. In addition, I may suggest that you seek help with your pastor or a local pastor in your area.
You understand that, if at any point in our work together I believe that it would be in your interest to see a counselor face-to-face, I will explain this to you and ask that you locate a counselor in your area to work with.
You agree and understand that the effectiveness of online and telephone counseling depends on the investment of time and energy you are willing to make.
You agree that I cannot be held responsible for providing services to you in the event of a crisis or emergency situation. While I will do my best to continue to provide services as appropriate if a crisis or emergency develops during our work together, you may need to find a local counselor if such a situation arises.
You understand that I cannot be held responsible for unforeseen problems that may occur in my online and telephone services due to a computer malfunctioning, and/or loss of electricity or Internet connection. My office phone number is posted on this website; if you don’t hear from me when you expect to, please don’t hesitate to call me.
Confidentiality in General: You understand and agree that as a counselor, I protect the confidentiality of the communications and contacts with all my clients, including online and telephone clients.
Confidentiality online: You understand that when receiving counseling through email, online or telephone, it is impossible to guarantee 100% confidentiality protection. I will do everything possible to protect against any intrusions on my end. While there are always risks to your confidentiality in any setting, these risks are extremely small assuming common sense is used and appropriate precautions are taken.
The goal of our online or telephone counseling is to help you. Therefore, if either of us feels, at any time, that working together is not helpful enough for you; either of us is free to terminate our relationship at any time.
There are no other explicit or implicit commitments in our relationship.