Coaching Disclaimer and
Coaching Terms and Conditions

In the spirit of good practise, when you are purchasing coaching services from me I ask you to confirm that you have read and agreed to each statement below and that you wish to proceed.

 All coaching services and communication, email or otherwise, delivered by myself, Sarah Murphy, as well as information on this website (Pinnacle-Essence.co.uk) are meant to help you identify the areas in your life and in your thinking that may be preventing you from experiencing greater well-being and moving forward. Coaching is not a substitute for professional mental health care or medical care. As I see it coaching is meant to be done when major emotional and psychological wounds are already healing or healed.

The term ‘coaching’ as here used covers life coaching, personal coaching, executive coaching and business coaching for clients.

Sarah is continually striving to ensure the standard of service she provides to its clients remains excellent. At the end of the coaching process, or series of coaching sessions, the client will be asked to complete a feedback form

 

COACHING DISLCALIMER

By committing to coaching with me, you acknowledge the following:

 

    • You understand that the coaching services you will be receiving from your Coach are not offered as a substitute for professional mental health care or medical care and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any mental health or medical conditions. You also understand that your Coach is not acting as a mental health counsellor or a medical professional.

 

    • For legal purposes, you understand that coaching is currently an unregulated industry and that your Coach is not “licensed” by any UK body even though the sessions may take place in the UK.

 

    • You understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your well-being during your coaching sessions, and subsequently, including your choices and decisions.

 

    • You understand that coaching is not a substitute for counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care or substance abuse treatment, and you will not use it in place of any form of therapy.

 

    • You understand that all comments and ideas offered by your Coach are solely for the purpose of aiding you in achieving the defined goals you create with my Coach. You have the ability to give your informed consent, and hereby give such consent to your coach to assist you in achieving such goals and understand that results are not guaranteed.

 

    • You understand that to the extent our work together involves career or business, your Coach is not promising outcomes included but not limited to increased clientele, profitability and or business success.

 

DATA PROTECTION

I understand that my Coach will protect my information as confidential unless I state otherwise in writing. If I report child, elder abuse or neglect or threaten to harm myself or someone else, I understand that necessary actions will be taken and my confidentiality agreement limited in this capacity. Furthermore, if my Coach is ordered by a court to provide information or to testify, she will do so to the extent the law requires.

 

DATA SECURITY

I understand that the use of technology is not always secure and I accept the risks of confidentiality in the use of email, text, phone, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and other technology.

 

WAIVER

I hereby release, waive, acquit and forever discharge my Coach, any agents, successors, assigns, personal representatives, executors, heirs and employees from every claim, suit action, demand or right to compensation for damages I may claim to have or that I may have arising out of acts or omissions by myself or by my Coach as a result of the advice given by my Coach or otherwise resulting from the coaching relationship contemplated by this agreement.

 

I further declare and represent that no promise, inducement or agreement not expressed in this agreement has been made to me to sign this agreement. This agreement shall bind my heirs, executors, personal representatives, successors, assigns, and agents.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The coaching schedule will be arranged between Sarah and the client and can be booked up to 3 months in advance. Sarah will recommend the frequency of coaching sessions based on a professional assessment of the client’s requirements. This recommendation, or plan, is not binding and may be altered and adjusted throughout the coaching journey by mutual agreement, in accordance with the terms set out in this agreement. 

The number and frequency of coaching session will be agreed at the start of coaching between Sarah and the client, and confirmed by Sarah by email or written correspondence. Where no specific number is agreed sessions will be provided on a session by session basis.

In return for the fees payable by the client (or by a third party on their behalf), Sarah agrees to provide the service as described below and in accordance with the terms and conditions set out below. The client agrees to pay fees for the service on the terms and conditions set out below (in situations where a third party pays the fees, the third party counts as an agent acting on behalf of the client).

The date that the first coaching session takes place shall be deemed to be the start date for the service. Where any client is unhappy with any of the terms and conditions they can contact Sarah to discuss any concerns and see if they can be resolved before the first coaching session. Participation by any individual in the first coaching session constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

 

FORMAT OF SESSIONS

Face to face (venue by mutual agreement), via Skype (client calls coach); telephone coaching sessions (client calls coach); Zoom; or other format where such is agreed. Unless otherwise agreed, for Skype and telephone sessions the client is responsible for telephoning Sarah at agreed times. Sarah is responsible for ensuring that she is available for consultation at agreed times.

The length of each session is as agreed between Sarah and the client before coaching sessions commence.  Sessions may over-run by mutual agreement and paid for retrospectively, but only if the Coach has no commitments immediately following the session.

 

SESSION FEES

In accordance with Sarah’s current per session fee or fee for a programme of sessions, or any other such fee as shall be agreed and notified to the client. Sarah will confirm the fees in writing, usually by email, unless this is impractical. The number of sessions for which payment is required in advance will be agreed before coaching sessions commence.

 

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

Sarah may agree to provide additional coaching sessions after completion of the initial agreed session(s). These terms and conditions will apply to any additional sessions so provided and the Per Session Fee will remain the same as originally agreed except where Sarah notifies the client in writing by letter or e-mail of a change to the Fee or to any other term or condition in accordance with the section in these terms and conditions headed “Variation of Terms and Conditions”.

 

DATES AND TIMES OF SESSIONS

The date and time of the first session and any subsequent session will be agreed between Sarah and the client by Calendy, phone or email and confirmed by Sarah by email or letter.

 Sessions can only be rearranged in accordance with the section in these terms and conditions headed “Rearranging Sessions”.

 

PAYMENT TERMS

Fees can be paid online by debit or credit card using the Paypal payments systems, by Incomeing, by standing order, or by bank transfer.  Where receipts are requested by the client, they will be sent by e-mail unless otherwise requested. 

Fees are payable in advance of each coaching session unless otherwise agreed (Business Coaching may allow for payment on receipt of invoice). Where payment has not been received by Sarah in advance of a coaching session Sarah is not obliged to provide the session.

Where payment is required on receipt of invoice rather than in advance, a charge may be levied for late payment.

 

BETWEEN SESSIONS

Sarah may assign the client tasks or exercises to complete between coaching sessions. There is no obligation on the client to complete these items of ‘homework’, but not doing so may slow the client’s progress in gaining improved quality of life or achieving desired business or personal outcomes.

The client may contact Sarah by phone or e-mail between sessions to seek clarification regarding anything arising from a coaching session or for administrative purposes (e.g. where a client needs to rearrange a coaching session or make a payment). Additional coaching can also be provided between sessions but there will be an additional charge for this. Sarah will always advise a client in advance if the nature of a client’s contact is likely to incur an additional charge and no such charges will be imposed without the client’s agreement.

 

REARRANGING SESSIONS

If a client needs to rearrange a coaching session, they should provide at least 48 hours notice. No refunds will be given to clients for unused coaching sessions unless 48 hours notice has been given. In exceptional circumstances Sarah may need to rearrange a coaching session. In those instances she will also give the client 48 hours notice where practical.

Where a client pays for a session or sessions in advance they must have the coaching session(s) that they have paid for within 6 months of the payment or their fee is forfeited.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Personal information or business information supplied by clients in coaching sessions will be treated as confidential. It will not be disclosed to a third party without the client’s prior permission, save where required by law or where action might be necessary to prevent harm to the client or someone else.

 

EARLY TERMINATION

In exceptional circumstances, such as illness or unavailability due to bereavement or other commitments, inappropriate behaviour by the client, actual or potential conflict of interest, or other reasons, Sarah can decide to terminate the service to the client early or refuse or be unable to provide further coaching sessions to the client. In such a circumstance the client will be given reasonable notice of termination by Sarah where practicable and will be refunded any advance payments made for coaching sessions not yet provided.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Sarah will seek to enable the client to improve their quality of life or level of business success and to achieve their desired outcomes. Remarkable results can be achieved where clients follow a clear plan in a committed way. However, the client has sole responsibility for taking important decisions in their life or business. Sarah has no liability for any loss incurred by any client, whether financial or otherwise, following commencement of coaching sessions, or for any perceived failure by the client, whether justified or otherwise, to achieve a material improvement in quality of life or business or to achieve their desired outcomes or goals.

 

VARIATION OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Where an Initial Number of Sessions is agreed, any changes to these terms and conditions intended to take effect prior to the conclusion of those Initial Number of Sessions will only have effect if agreed by both Sarah and the client and confirmed by Sarah in writing by email or letter. In other cases, Sarah may change any of these terms or conditions including the Per Session Fee by giving the client one week’s notice in writing by letter or e-mail of the change(s). If following receipt of such notification of change, the client no longer wishes to proceed with further coaching sessions, they may withdraw from the service immediately by giving notice in writing by email or letter and they will then be entitled to a full refund of any fees paid in advance for coaching sessions not yet provided. Such notice will be effective on receipt by Sarah.

 

GOVERNING LAW

This contract is governed by the law of England whose courts have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute, disagreement, proceedings or legal claim of any nature relating to the service provided or the contract.

 

FEEDBACK

Feedback about the service is welcomed and can be given during a coaching session or by writing to Sarah via email at contact@pinnacle-essence.co.uk.