©2019 by Alicia F. Griffin.

coaching agreement

Coaching Disclaimer:  All coaching services and communication, email or otherwise, delivered by Alicia F. Griffin, “Coach”, are meant to help you identify the areas in your life and in your thinking that may be standing in your way of being stronger and successful.


This agreement is for coaching, not psychotherapy. Coaching can work with issues such as identifying and reaching life goals and changing the behaviors. The Coach will not diagnose or treat any medical or psychological conditions. I understand and agree that I am fully responsible for my well-being during my coaching sessions, and subsequently, including my choices and decisions. I understand that coaching is not a substitute for counseling, coaching, psychoanalysis, mental health care or substance abuse treatment, and I will not use it in place of any form of therapy.


I understand that all comments and ideas offered by the Coach are solely for the purpose of aiding me in achieving my defined goals. I have the ability to give my informed consent, and hereby give such consent to my coach to assist me in achieving such goals. I understand that to the extent our work together involves career or business, the Coach is not promising outcomes included but not limited to increased clientele, profitability and or business success.


I understand that coaching is, at present, an unregulated industry and that the Coach is not licensed by the State of California or any other state. I also understand that for all legal purposes, the services provided by my Coach will be considered to be provided in the State of California. Additionally, the Coach abides the International Coach Federation Code of Ethics.


Cancellation Policy:  In order to cancel or reschedule an appointment, you are expected to notify the Coach at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. If you do not provide at least 24 hours’ notice in advance, you are responsible for payment for the missed session.  In the event of a medical emergency or an emergency involving a threat to your safety or the safety of others, please call 911 or the appropriate emergency service to request assistance. Your coach is not licensed to handle these matters.


Confidentiality:  All information obtained in the course of the professional service is confidential unless there is a compelling professional reason for its disclosure. The Coach will disclose confidential information without a specific release if it is necessary to prevent foreseeable imminent harm to the client or another. In all circumstances, the Coach will be judicious in the amount of information that is disclosed.


The Coach may disclose confidential information without the consent of the client only as mandated or permitted by law. When possible, the Coach will inform the client about the disclosure of confidential information and possible ramifications before the disclosure is made. The Coach will only disclose confidential information to third parties with the appropriate written consent. The Coach must disclose certain confidential information as required by law or if the confidential information may put the client or others at risk of harm or compromise their well-being.


I understand that the 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 the Coach is ordered by a court to provide information or to testify, he or she will do so to the extent the law requires.


Minors and Confidentiality:  Communications between coaches and clients who are minors (under the age of 18) are confidential. However, parents and other guardians who provide authorization for their child’s coaching are often involved in their sessions. Consequently, the Coach, in the exercise of her professional judgment, may discuss the coaching of a minor client with the parent or caretaker. Clients who are minors and their parents are urged to discuss any questions or concerns that they have on this topic with the Coach.


Electronic Communications:  You understand that the confidentiality of electronic communications cannot be guaranteed. Electronic communications may include, but are not limited to, email, text messages, Skype and other video conferencing, and voicemail. Electronic communications are inherently vulnerable and insecure and may result in the unintentional harmful disclosure of personal information. You acknowledge that you implicitly consent to the Coach sending electronic communications to you by a) the inclusion of your email address on forms, b) providing your email in session, or c) you're sending an email, text message, or other electronic communications. You acknowledge that the Coach may not read or respond to E.C. until the next scheduled appointment and that you will not use electronic communications for emergencies.


Sessions will be held in-person, over the phone or through the Internet. Any coaching between sessions via written message format will occur on a secure online platform. Coaching in this manner will be done through Telehealth Messaging Sessions. Telehealth is understood as an educational service within the coaching relationship.


It is the Coach’s intention to provide services that will assist you in reaching your goals. Based on the information that you provide to the Coach and the specifics of your situation, the Coach will provide recommendations to you regarding coaching. Coaches and clients are partners in the coaching process. You have the right to agree or disagree with the Coach’s recommendations.


I hereby release, waive, acquit and discharge the 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 to arise out of acts or omissions by myself or by the Coach as a result of the advice given by the 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.