All “sparring” services and communication, email or otherwise, delivered by Jake Hamilton (i.e. your Sparring Partner), are meant to help you identify the areas in your life and in your thinking that may be standing in your way. We will do this by engaging with your story in unique and insightful ways that will help you to get to know yourself so that you can be fully known by others.
This agreement is for “sparring”, not psychotherapy. While “sparring” can work with issues such as identifying and reaching life goals, and changing the behaviors that aren’t working well for you, “sparring” cannot deal with issues such as depression and anxiety. For issues such as these, you must see a Physician or Licensed Mental Health Professional in your location. Jake Hamilton will not diagnose or treat any medical or psychological conditions. While your Jake may have experience and tools that will help you and encourage you he is not functioning as a licensed practitioner when offering “sparring sessions”. By signing this agreement, you are agreeing that you understand the difference in these two functions and you will get appropriate professional help for mental health issues if necessary.
I understand that “sparring” is unregulated and that Jake Hamilton is not licensed by the State of California or any other state. I also understand that for all legal purposes, the services provided by Jake Hamilton will be considered to be provided in the State of California.
I understand and agree that I am fully responsible for my well-being during my “sparring sessions”, and subsequently, including my choices and decisions. I understand that these sessions are not a substitute for counseling, 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 during my sessions 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 Jake Hamilton to assist me in achieving such goals. I understand that to the extent our work together involves career or business, Jake Hamilton is not promising outcomes included but not limited to increased clientele, profitability and or business success.
Please free to ask questions at any time about your Jake’s background, experience and professional orientation.
Appointment Scheduling and Cancellation Policies – In order to cancel or reschedule an appointment, you are expected to notify your 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.
Availability and Emergencies – 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. Jake Hamilton is not licensed to handle these matters.
Insurance – Because these types of sessions are not a medical treatment, typically insurance will not cover the cost. It is your responsibility to pay for these sessions personally.
Confidentiality – All information obtained in the course of the professional service is confidential unless there is a compelling professional reason for its disclosure. Jake Hamilton 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, Jake will be judicious in the amount of information that is disclosed.
Jake Hamilton may disclose confidential information without the consent of the client only as mandated or permitted by law. When possible, Jake Hamilton will inform clients about the disclosure of confidential information and possible ramifications before the disclosure is made. Jake Hamilton will only disclose confidential information to third parties with the appropriate written consent. Jake Hamilton 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 Jake Hamilton 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 Jake Hamilton is ordered by a court to provide information or to testify, he will do so to the extent the law requires.
Minors and Confidentiality – Communications between Jake Hamilton 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, Jake Hamilton, in the exercise of his judgment, may discuss the session 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 Jake Hamilton.
Electronic Communications – You understand that the confidentiality of Electronic Communications (E.C.) cannot be guaranteed. E.C. may include, but are not limited to, email, text messages, Skype, ZOOM, and other video conferencing, and voicemail. E.C. are inherently vulnerable and insecure and may result in the unintentional harmful disclosure of personal information. You acknowledge that you implicitly consent to Jake Hamilton to sending E.C. to you by: a) your inclusion of your email address on the Sparring Sessions forms, b) providing your email to Jake Hamilton in session, or c) your sending an email, text message, or other E.C. to Jake Hamilton of any of TheFIGHT contact emails. You acknowledge that Jake Hamilton may not read or respond to E.C. until the next scheduled appointment and that you will not use E.C. for emergencies.
Sessions will be held in-person, over the phone or through the Internet. Email contact regarding logistics and scheduling is welcome at email@example.com. Any conversations between sessions via written message format will occur on a secure online platform.