Please read these terms and conditions which apply to the provision of my professional services. By making an appointment, joining a group program or using resources on my website, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. If you are unable or unwilling to agree to these terms and conditions, then you should not book an appointment or continue with your course of therapy.
FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION You may be offered a free 20 minute online initial consultation. No therapy will be provided during the consultation.
The purpose of this initial consultation is to answer questions, inform about my services and see if we are a good fit. During these calls, estimates of the number of sessions required to deal with your presenting issue are given on the basis of the information presented at that time. Estimates are only rough guidelines and are subject to change.
BOOKING & PAYMENT In-person sessions: A non-refundable deposit of $100 is payable at the time of booking your first in-person session. The balance of the fee is due at least 48 hours prior to the first session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 48 hours of the session appointment.
Online sessions: No deposit is required for online sessions, however payment for online sessions must be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled session start time. Where payment is not received 24 hours before your session, the session will be cancelled and may be offered to someone else. It is your responsibility to pay the session fees before each scheduled session in order to confirm the appointment booking.
CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING & REFUNDS
Cancellation & rescheduling
If you need to cancel or re-schedule a session, please provide as much notice as possible. Notification must be made via email or phone call at least 48 hours prior to an in-person session or 24 hours for an online session.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 48 hours of in-person sessions or 24 hours of online sessions.
Session fees are for my time and professional expertise and are not a guarantee of a successful outcome. Therefore, no refunds will be given for any sessions where you have attended and paid for the session.
Where a discount package or therapy program has been booked and paid for in advance, if you choose to discontinue your therapy process before attending all the sessions, a pro rata refund will be issued after deduction of the full standard session fee for any sessions you have attended.
All professional fees will be disclosed to you prior to booking. My professional fees are subject to review and may increase from time to time. You will always receive confirmation of the professional fees before booking.
Payment may be made online via credit/debit card through Stripe for in-person sessions can also be made via credit/debit card at the beginning of your session. Cash and cheques will not be accepted without prior agreement.
CONTACT BETWEEN SESSIONS Any contact between sessions will be by telephone, email or text during office hours only (8am-5pm Pacific). Any messages received outside of these hours will be dealt with during office hours only.
MEDICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS I may ask questions about your medical history to establish any contra-indications to treatment. This will also help to assess whether your health is affecting (or being affected by) the therapeutic goals you wish to achieve. Please update me of any medical changes during your course of therapy, or if you are returning to therapy after a period of absence.
If you are receiving care or treatment from any medical, healthcare or therapy practitioner, e.g. GP, Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Counsellor, you may be asked to seek their permission before any therapy sessions can commence.
Please note that I will be unable to offer my professional services if you suffer from epilepsy or any form of psychosis.
AGE RESTRICTIONS You must be at least 18 years old to participate in online sessions. Clients under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will need to provide a written consent..
ATTENDING YOUR SESSIONS Please ensure that you are available at your session start time. If you are running late, please let me know as soon as possible. I will do my best to make a full session available, however, as the ability to do this will depend on bookings after your session, this cannot be guaranteed.
HYPNOTHERAPY RECORDINGS Hypnotherapy recordings should not be listened to whilst driving, operating machinery or undertaking any other activity where concentration is required. Any recording provided is for your personal use only and must not be shared, lent, copied or sold under any circumstances.
OUTCOME OF SESSIONS The agreement to work on the issues presented by you in no way implies or guarantees the resolution of your presenting issue(s). No outcome can or will be guaranteed. However, I will always endeavor to use my best efforts and skills to work towards your goals and intended outcomes.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR During the course of any therapy sessions, I will treat you with respect and not abuse the trust you place in me. I will use best practice at all times in our mutual interest. In return, you undertake not to harm yourself, or any other person, including me, or any property belonging to either me or any other person.
You agree not to attend sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, except those medications which have been prescribed by your doctor. If you do attend any sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, or demonstrate violent or abusive behavior, I will cancel the session and may refuse to see you for any further sessions without refunding any payment already made.
CONFIDENTIALITY All contact, including sessions, telephone conversations and emails, will be conducted in confidence and may be recorded. Prior to any recording, your agreement will be sought. All recordings, conversations and notes will remain confidential, except in the following circumstances:
1. Where you give permission for confidentiality to be broken
2. Where I am compelled by a court of law
3. Where the information is of a nature that confidentiality cannot be maintained, for example:
The possibility of harm to yourself or others exists
In cases of fraud or crime
When minors (under 18 years old) are involved
4. Where a referring GP or other healthcare professional requires a report. A copy of the report will be available on request.
LIABILITY & INDEMNITY Under no circumstances will Laura Kate McHugh or Your Stellar Life, Inc. be liable for any damages, including without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential, or other damages (including without limitation lost profits, lost revenues, or similar economic loss), whether in contract, tort, or otherwise, arising out of the advice or information provided to you during professional services provided by Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. In addition, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of your participation in the professional services, except in the case of gross negligence or malpractice,
GOVERNING LAW These terms and conditions and any other matters arising out of or in relation to these terms, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of California and the United States of America. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the American courts to settle any dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these terms and conditions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS UPDATES These terms and conditions are subject to revisions without notice. Please familiarize yourself with any amendments if you have re-started therapy with me after a long period of absence.
CONCERNS & COMPLAINTS If you have a concern or complaint regarding your therapy, please discuss this with myself in the first instance and I will endeavor to resolve the issue.
STATEMENTS OF UNDERSTANDING By clicking on the box to agree to the Terms and Conditions for the Client Agreement, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Client Agreement. You also agree with the statements below:
I confirm that I have been advised by Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. of the scope of the therapies that she provides and give my full consent to receiving therapy sessions from Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc.
I understand that results may vary from person to person and the agreement by Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. to work on the issues or problems presented by me, using whatever therapies are appropriate to my situation, in no way implies or guarantees the resolution of any presenting problems or issues.
I understand that hypnotherapy or any other therapy or information provided by Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. either in person or via telephone, email or internet, is not a replacement or substitute for medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment. If I have any doubts or concerns about my health, I will seek advice from an appropriate qualified healthcare professional.
I declare that, if advised by Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. prior to or following any therapy sessions, to seek medical approval, I will consult with my GP, hospital consultant and/or other healthcare professional and gain the appropriate written approval for Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. prior to the next therapy session.
I understand that Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc does not diagnose conditions or prescribe treatments. No specific claims will be made by the practitioner regarding results from the sessions in person or online. Goal(s) for our work together will be mutually identified as part of the assessment and clients have input in the goal-setting process.
I have been advised that I am free to terminate any or all sessions at any time.
I understand that my level of motivation is vital in the therapy process and I agree to participate to the best of my ability at all times, including making reasonable use of therapeutic suggestions during and between sessions, as well as listening to MP3 recordings and/or carrying out other therapeutic tasks as appropriate.
I have accurately and truthfully answered any questions and provided background information during the initial consultation and /or first therapy session and will continue to do so during any subsequent therapy sessions.
CONFIDENTIALITY I consent that Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. may release information to a specific individual or agency if it has been determined that a vulnerable person (child or elder) is at risk; if I, as a client, am in imminent danger to myself or others; or if a subpoena of records has been requested.
I also understand that, at any time, Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. may discuss aspects of my case with other colleagues keeping my full name and identity completely confidential always unless I have given permission otherwise.
I understand that Laura Kate McHugh and Your Stellar Life, Inc. may use comments, successes and outcomes on social media, the website or marketing material in the forms of testimonials, blogs and stories, changing names and any identifying information.