Please Read First: Legal Disclaimer

Before working with me in person you will be asked to confirm in writing that you have read, understood and agree to the terms described in this disclaimer.

Therapeutic Art Coaching is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care or substance abuse treatment and should not be used as such.

  • The coaching services you will be receiving from me 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. It is important that you understand that I am not acting as a mental health counselor or a medical professional.
  • Coaching is, at present, an unregulated industry and I am not licensed by the State of California or any other state.  For all legal purposes, the services provided by me will be considered to be provided in the State of California.
  • It is important for you to understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your own well-being during my coaching sessions, and subsequently, including your choices and decisions.
  • All comments and ideas offered by me, as your Coach, are solely for the purpose of aiding you in achieving your defined goals. You  have the ability to give your informed consent, and hereby give such consent to me, as your Coach, to assist you in achieving such goals.
  • As your Coach, I will protect your information as confidential unless you state otherwise in writing. If you report child abuse, elder abuse or neglect or threaten to harm yourself or someone else, you understand that necessary actions will be taken and your confidentiality agreement will be limited in this capacity. Furthermore, if I am ordered by a court to provide information or to testify, I will do so to the extent the law requires.
  • You fully understand that the use of technology is not always secure and you accept the risks of confidentiality in the use of email, text, phone, Skype and other technology.
  • You hereby release, waive, acquit and forever discharge me, C.M.Ralph, any agents, successors, assigns, personal representatives, executors, heirs and employees from every claim, suit action, demand or right to compensation for damages you may claim to have or that you may have arising out of acts or omissions by yourself or by me, your Coach, as a result of the advice given by me or otherwise resulting from the coaching relationship contemplated by this agreement. You further declare and represent that no promise, inducement or agreement not expressed in this agreement has been made to you to sign this agreement. This agreement shall bind your heirs, executors, personal representatives, successors, assigns, and agents.

General Coaching Ethics

Life Coaching vs. Therapy: Life coaches must be aware of and strictly adhere to the appropriate role of a life coach. Life coaches are not licensed health care providers or therapists and must not provide medical advice, engage in patient diagnosis, or practice therapy. They do not treat or otherwise counsel those with mental illness.

Life coaches are obligated to refer clients in need of mental or physical health therapy to an appropriate licensed professional.

While counselors or therapists often deal with a patient’s mental/emotional conditions and/or processing trauma, a life coach never addresses such issues. The role of a life coach, in its most simple form, is to encourage, coach and/or act as a facilitator of a client’s self-reflection, decision making, planning for the future, and creating life changes.

While clear boundaries exist between coaching and therapy, due to the legal obligations and requirements for practicing therapy, there are many  similarities. Both therapists and coaches work one-on-one with clients in an ongoing relationship. Certain psychological principles and theoretical frameworks are used in both therapy and coaching in order to facilitate positive life change.

Under no circumstances should a life coach refer to themselves as a therapist, refer to what they do as therapy, or practice as a mental health counselor or therapist without the required Master’s level degree and license.