This document, including the more detailed Terms and Conditions, constitute our contract (“Working Agreement”). Please review the following information carefully and do not hesitate to ask questions.
YOU ARE WORKING WITH
Imi P. Y. Lo
THE NATURE OF THE WORK
By consenting to this Working Agreement, we are entering a consulting/ coaching relationship.
Despite my qualifications in mental health and the psychological arts, it should be noted that this is a coaching one, and not a psychotherapeutic one. The coaching process carries both benefits and risks. I work with an integrative approach and may draw from various modalities. You are welcome to ask me about any of them.
Coaching is a transformative process that aims to increase your personal and professional awareness, ability to generate insights and initiate growth. As your coach, my role is to help you discover your life’s mission, align with your life’s values, and to move towards your full potential both in life and career. Rather than offering ‘treatment’, what we have is a partnership. Together, we will generate solutions and strategies that help you move to the next stage in your life.
At some point, you may experience uncomfortable feelings. This may be because you are hitting your learning edges and making changes in your beliefs or behaviours can be challenging. This is a process that requires active input on your part. I am committed to working with you and alongside you, though I cannot guarantee a particular result, or be responsible for your decisions, actions, and the outcome of what you do.
I offer my service as a consultant on specific subjects, and not your mental health counsellor or provider. I would not diagnose, prescribe treatment, or claim to cure any disease. Please note that our work should not replace your major mental health care. If you suffer from severe mental illness, are seriously contemplating taking your own life, please make sure that you have appropriate support in place. I may also refer you to alternative local services.
ABOUT OUR MEETINGS
The sessions are 50-minutes in duration.
In the case of lateness due to circumstances beyond my reasonable control, your appointment will still need to end on time. If I was late, I will always try to compensate for the lost time- either in the same or the next session. If this was not possible, you are entitled to a partial refund.
You may at any point desire to discontinue our coaching/ consulting relationship. Whatever the reason, I will respect your decision.
Please always settle the payment for each session no later than 24- hours prior to our scheduled time. If I had not received the payment and cannot reach you, the booking may be cancelled.
If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please email to email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance. The time scheduled for your appointment is assigned to you and you alone. If you miss a session without cancelling or cancel with less than 24-hour notice, my policy is to collect the agreed amount of payment. The same applies to me: if I were to cancel within the 24-hour period, you could get a refund, or your next session will be free, provided it takes place not later than one month from the date of the cancelled session.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORD KEEPING
Our work together remains confidential, which means I will not discuss what we talk about outside of the sessions. However, in exceptional circumstances I feel that either you or someone else was in danger or at risk of harm, I may have to break confidentiality. Disclosure may also be required because of a legal proceeding. If you are involved in a custody dispute, for example.
If there is an emergency during the work in which I become concerned about your safety, I may have to contact the police, hospital or an emergency contact whose name you have provided.
For our online interaction, I make every effort to keep all information about you secure. I use Gmail, and the password to log into the account through which we communicate is not disclosed to anyone else.
Likewise, I encourage you to only communicate through a device and network that you know is secured. Please be aware that it is impossible to completely protect the information transmitted electronically. Therefore, it is agreed between you and I that I will not be liable for the release of confidential information arising from your failure to maintain the privacy of your online communication with me, or from the unauthorized actions or omissions of any third party.
I do not routinely make detailed notes, though I do keep some records of our sessions. They are maintained in a secured location. Verbatim material from our sessions should never be revealed publicly unless both of us agree.
Our email exchange is used mainly for discussing logistical issues. I am happy for you to contact me by text message to let me know if you are running late for a session or have to cancel. However, it is not the best method for communicating with me about in-depth matters. I do not discuss issues that concern our coaching process in emails. Please also be aware that email exchange is susceptible to miscommunication, as well as digital viruses and human error.
Please be aware that a part of my working life is in the public domain. I maintain an active social media presence, and I keep a Facebook Page linked to this practice to share my writing and allow people to share and respond to what I write. You are responsible for any decisions you make based on the information on this website and their consequences. I strive to be helpful, but these online content are not legal, medical, professional advice, and they should not be used in lieu of such.
I do not accept friend requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).
If you click ‘like’ or ‘follow’ on the Eggshell Transformations Facebook page, I may be able to see your online activities. If you are concerned about your privacy, you are welcome to use your discretion in choosing whether to follow the Facebook account. The interactions we have in the comments section on social media do not constitute and is separated from our consulting relationship.
Please try not to use the messaging function on Social Networking sites to contact me.
EMERGENCY/ CRISIS SITUATION
Where suicidality is present, we will create a safety plan together. It may include warning signs that you may be at risk of harming yourself, ways to distract yourself, people to call, crisis hotline numbers, and a referral to enter inpatient care as needed. Due to the online nature of our work, I may decide it is more appropriate for you to work with local mental health services. I may make a referral on your behalf but will always discuss it with you first.
While I cannot provide an emergency service, there are alternatives if you feel you are in crisis. If you have seriously harmed or are considering hurting yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – it is vital that you call for an ambulance or go straight to A&E.
By filling in and checking the box about the Working Agreement in the Welcome Form, you agree to the above terms of this Working Agreement and all the provisions contained in our more detailed Terms and Conditions and have given us informed consent in that respect. Your submission of the form will serve as an electronic signature.
If you would like to speak to me about it any time, this please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to working with you!
Imi provides her professional services via Eggshell Transformations, a limited company registered under number 70959663-000-07-19-3, whose registered address is at Room 606, 6/F Hollywood Centre 77-91 Queens Road West Sheung Wan, HK SAR. The services are operated under the laws of Hong Kong SAR.