Disclaimer

Information, observations, and opinions are offered for general reference only and should not be misconstrued as counseling advice, diagnosis or psychotherapy. Base your treatment or decisions solely upon the recommendations of your your own psychotherapist, counselor or physician or your own choices. By using this site, you signify full acceptance of our Terms of Use as stated below.   

By using this site, you signify that you agree with and accept all terms, conditions in this Disclaimer for this site accessed through the domain addresses www.lifeonthegrow.com, www.debbiecherry.com, www.therapyconnected.com, the Relationship Blog or any social media sites and/or any other direct or third party links. If you do not agree, please do not use the site.

REGARDING THE WEBSITE: No health care service, psychotherapy, or professional counseling of any kind is given via this website. The site is intended only for use by consumers in search of general information of interest pertaining to marriage, relationships, parenting, counseling and related topics. Content is not intended to replace or serve as substitute for professional consultation or service. Observations and opinions on the website should not be misconstrued as specific advice.  Information on the site should not be used in place of a call, visit or consultation with, or the advice of, a licensed healthcare or mental health professional. Please call or see a licensed healthcare or mental health professional for any healthcare- related questions or advice. I cannot be responsible for any harm caused by your reliance on, or any use made of, information that I provide to you on the site. You must be 18 to use this website. If you are experiencing an emergency, you should go to a hospital emergency room. If you cannot go a hospital emergency room, you should call 911 for emergency help.

REGARDING EMAIL TO ME: You may email me for further information about the services I offer. If you choose to email me please understand that (1) Your email communications are not encrypted, (2) I cannot guarantee the security of email transmissions, (3) It is inadvisable to send me sensitive or private information by email, rather I suggest you use an alternative and more secure mean such as telephone call, (4) No evaluation or treatment for mental illnesses are or will be offered by internet communication, (5) I accept but cannot assure you whether or when I will respond to email communications, and (6) If I do respond, there may be a delay, so do not use email for any urgent matters.

I understand, both personally as a user of website and as a professional counselor, that the privacy of personal information is very important and is part of the ethical principles guiding clinical counseling practice. I am committed to protecting any information that you may send through e-mail, fax, regular mail or voice mail as far as it is possible to do so.

Ownership: This website is entirely owned by Debbie Cherry, LMFT. While I occasionally invite guest authors, no other sponsors, third-parties, or commercial entities with any vested interest contribute to its content. Debbie Cherry, LMFT is licensed to practice counseling in FL, CA, TX. She is a Infant Mental Health Specialist.

No counselor-client relationship:

Use of this webite does not constitute the establishment of a counselor-client relationship between Debbie Cherry, LMFT and a user and does not obligate Debbie Cherry to follow-up, contact, or accept as a patient any users of this Web site. If you are experiencing any emotional or personal problem or are considering making decisions for your life, marriage or other relationship, and are seeking advice, you should base any and all decisions on the judgment and advice of your personal counselor or physician who has evaluated you face-to-face.

Limitations of content:

The content of this website is general in nature and not intended or sufficient to dictate what constitutes reasonable, appropriate, or best care in a given situation. Site content does not presume to present an all-inclusive factual discussion of any topic but rather only introductory overviews or other authors’ education, training, experience, and opinions, all of which are subject to limitation and to change at any time. Other counselors and psychotherapists may have differing opinions or use other methods of care that when properly applied achieve similar results.

There is no guarantee that this website will be error-free or omission-free.

This site may include contributions with technical inaccuracies, errors, or typographical errors that will be corrected as discovered. While website content is updated in an attempt to keep current information available, that does not guarantee that articles, resources and information will to be up to date with respect to the latest therapeutic information, research or specific practices in marriage or relationship counseling or other topics. Debbie Cherry reserves the right to update or change information contained in this Web site at any time.

Liability:

All content is provided “as is” and “as available” without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. In no event shall Debbie Cherry or employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, consequential or other damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, liability for loss of use, data, or profits, or for personal injury of any sort), that may arise through decision or action of the user — without regard to the form of any action, including but not limited to contract, negligence or other tortious actions, arising out of or in connection with this website, any content on or accessed by use of the webite, or any copying, display or other use hereof.

Indemnity:

You agree to hold Debbie Cherry, and any employees or agents, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of this Terms of Use.

Not for use by counselors as training:

The Site may not be used by counselors as a therapeutic reference. The website is not intended nor of sufficient detail to teach other counselors about marriage or relationship therapy.

Not for use by attorneys:

Use of the website by attorneys is strictly prohibited. The website is not intended for use in legal proceedings of any sort or to help establish a medico-legal standard of care. Contents of the Site should not be deemed sufficient in detail, accuracy, or timeliness to be cited as legal evidence either for or against the opinions, decisions, or actions of any counselor, psychotherapist, or physician, including Debbie Cherry, LMFT.

Copyright: As all content on this Site is protected by copyright, any unauthorized use of any such material is in clear violation of copyright, trademark, service mark, intellectual property, and other laws and will subject the unauthorized user of such protected content to legal and financial penalties. Permission to use information can be requested and will be required to contains identifying information as to authorship and copyright and contact. Copies may not be used for financial gain. It is not to be copied in whole or part, modified, reproduced in any manner, publicly displayed or distributed, posted online or in print, used in any recognizable derivative form, or used for any public or commercial purposes without express permission of Debbie Cherry, LMFT.

Photographs:

Photographs are personal photos or stockphotos used with permission/rights and do not depict actual clients. They may not be copied since they are protected by the original creators and distributors. Logos are copyrighted by Debbie Cherry, LMFT.

Links: Links to other therapists and other websites are provided solely as a convenience to our users and do not constitute an endorsement or affiliation. Debbie Cherry does not control and is not responsible for any of these sites or their content and makes no guarantees or representations, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness, timeliness or usefulness of any opinions, advice, services or other information contained or referenced in this Website or any sites linked to or from it.

Online FormMail:

Online contact and order forms are provided as a convenience. Forms are processed through a secure server to protect sensitive information. If you choose to use such forms, you ultimately assume all responsibility and liability for any breach of confidentiality, inappropriate disclosure of sensitive information, or loss of electronic data during and after transit over the Internet and any replies from Debbie Cherry, her employees or agents. There is no guarantee of response. Any reply to correspondence is intended to provide general information only.

Subject to change: This Terms of Use is subject to change without prior notice. Continued use of the Site signifies your full acceptance of the then-current Terms of Use.

Complete agreement: If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction as described in these Terms of Use, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect.

If any of the above is not acceptable in full or if you do not fully understand any part of the foregoing Terms of Use, the use of this Site must be terminated immediately and all content disregarded.

If you choose to view this website, you are agreeing to these conditions.

Confidentiality:

Confidentiality is one of the ethical and legal principles of counseling and we are committed to honoring those principles. However, most states, including Florida where we are located, require disclosure of information that would normally be confidential in certain situations: Florida Statutes 491.0147– Confidentiality and privileged communications: Although these requirements are directed to clients, and website visitors are not clients, I will follow the principles of the law to the extent possible with website communications. Confidentiality is normally waived when:

a) a person gives permission to share information.

b) there is clear probability of physical harm to the person, to other individuals or groups, or to society. (It is not always possible to locate a person using the website, the site is not continually monitored and I cannot be responsible for any such threats or acts.)

c) a judge signs an order requiring disclosure

d) when the licensed person is a defendent in any complaint, disciplinary action, civil or criminal action that is filed by the person who has revealed the information.

Information We Collect:
Registration for Workshop or Ordering of Products/Services:

When you fax or submit online a registration form or order for products, your information sent through a secure server and is saved to process the order and is backed up to a separate drive. The drive and any paper that may have your information is kept in our office records. I and one other person have access to that information and we take precautions to protect it. Sensitive information is shredded once it is no longer needed.

Website Tracking:

At this time I do not use cookies or other tracking devices for website visitors. GoDaddy, which is where I host the site, maintain information about browsers used, where you entered the site, etc. as part of their basic usage statistics package, but the person cannot be identified. It is designed to give information about website use, number of visitors, keywords searched that bring people to the site, etc..

Comments on the Blog:

Any comments you make on the Relationships Blog are public and all confidentiality is waived by placing your comments there. I am not responsible for any adverse effects that your comments might have on you personally, on your employment, your relationships or in any other way.

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY: This section outlines the office policies related to use of Social Media and how your

coach/counselor conducts herself on the Internet as a mental health professional.
Facebook Business Page: Your therapist keeps a Facebook Business Page to share information about wellness, relationships, and parenting as well as practice updates with other Facebook users. All of the information shared on this page is available on your counselor’s website and blog. You are welcome to view the Facebook Page and read or share articles posted there as you wish. Your counselor publishes updates on the Facebook page, her blog, and possibly other social media sites. There is no expectation that you will want to follow the page, blog or Twitter stream. There are more private ways to follow your counselor if you wish (such as using an RSS feed or a locked Twitter list), which would eliminate your having a public link to the content. You are welcome to use your own discretion in choosing whether to follow your counselor. Note that your counselor will not follow you back. This interaction could potentially have a negative influence on the working relationship. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with your counselor, please bring them into your sessions where you can view and explore them together.
Interacting: Please do not use mobile texting or messaging on Social Networking sites to contact your counselor. These sites are not secure and your messages may not be read in a timely fashion. Do not use Wall postings, @replies, or other means of engaging with your counselor in public online if you have an already established client/counselor relationship. Engaging with your counselor/coach in this way could compromise your confidentiality. If you need to contact your counselor between sessions, please call by phone or the secure messaging system through the online platform.
Friending/Fanning: Your counselor does not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site. Adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of the professional working relationship. Use of search engines: It is not a regular part of this practice to search for clients on Google or Facebook or other search engines. Extremely rare exceptions may be made during times of crisis. If your counselor has a reason to suspect that you are in danger and you have not been in touch with her via your usual means (coming to appointments, phone, or email) there might be an instance in which using a search engine (to find you, find someone close to you, or to check on your recent status updates) becomes necessary as part of ensuring your welfare. These are unusual situations and if your therapist ever resorts to such means, she will fully document it and discuss it with you when you next meet. Your counselor does not follow current or former clients on Google Reader, and she does not use Google Reader to share articles. If there are things you want to share with your counselor that you feel are relevant to your treatment whether they are news items or things you have created, you are encouraged you to bring these items of interest into your sessions. You may find your counselor/coach on sites that list and review businesses. Many of these sites automatically add listings regardless of whether the business has added itself to the site. If you should find your counselor’s listing on any of these sites, please know that the listing is NOT a request for a testimonial, rating, or endorsement from you as her client. Of course, you have a right to express yourself on any site you wish. But due to confidentiality, your counselor cannot respond to any review on any of these sites whether it is positive or negative. Your counselor urges you to take your own privacy seriously. You should also be aware that if you are using these sites to communicate indirectly with your counselor out your feelings about our work, there is a good possibility that she may never see it. If you are working together, your counselor hopes that you will bring your feelings and reactions to the therapy work directly into the counseling/coaching process. This can be an important part of the relationship, even if you decide your counselor is not a good fit. If you do choose to write something on a business review site, your counselor hopes you will keep in mind that you may be sharing personally revealing information in a public forum.
Location Based Services: If you use location-based services on your mobile phone, you may wish to be aware of the privacy issues related to using these services. Your counselor does NOT place this practice as a check-in location on any sites. However, please be aware that if you are intentionally “checking in” from this office or if you have a passive LBS app enabled on your phone, it is possible that others may surmise that you are a client.

For details on the Informed Consent and Client Agreement, please click the link here to view that form.