Who are we?
Our website address is: https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com. The site administrator is James Fitzgerald, MS, NCC, LCMHC doing business as James Fitzgerald Therapy, PLLC and Strengthening Your Conscious Self © 2022. Our other business page is located at https://www.jamesfitzgeraldtherapy.com
We are a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor’s client engagement and psychoeducational website. Only to be used by clients and subscribers.
Informed Consent and Agreement
between the website user and James Fitzgerald Therapy, PLLC (www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com).
The website address https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com (the “Site”) is comprised of various web pages operated by James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC and Strengthening Your Conscious Self © 2022 and is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the “Terms”). Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to all such terms. Please read these terms carefully, and print a copy of them for your reference.
The website is meant to be an Informational, Educational, Psychoeducational, and Instructional Health and Wellness Site. The information should never replace professional treatment, advice, and/or care. The mental health care information on the site should not be attempted without the guidance and expertise of a licensed professional.
The purpose of this site is to provide information on at home health and wellness and self-improvement solutions for those who wish to learn about health and wellness or practice skills acquired in therapy or life coaching through the approaches, objectives, and interventions described.
The content on the website is knowledge the website creator and administrator has acquired through education, training, research, and continued learning. Much of the website content was written with the assistance of language learning models of artificial intelligence software created with inquisitive prompts and keywords. Information provided by such software is reviewed for accuracy, reliability, and validity by the website administrators before publication.
Some of the content includes information and practices that have no or little scientific evidence to support the efficacy of such practices or empirically supported reliability, accuracy, validity. I do share the content regardless of evidence because of the popularity of the content. That popularity may be due to a number of factors including placebo effect or one of several logical fallacies, an appeal to antiquity, an appeal to tradition, and an appeal to popularity.
The site and its contents are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, treatment, medical treatment, psychotherapy, counseling, or mental health services. Users should always seek the advice of a physician, licensed mental health provider, or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding any mental health or medical symptoms or conditions. Never disregard professional psychological, mental health, or medical advice or delay in seeking evaluation or treatment because of something you have read or seen on this website. Exceptions to this include clients of James Fitzgerald engaged in sessions.
James Fitzgerald Therapy does not recommend or endorse any one single content creator, or any specific tests, products, procedures, medical treatments, mental health treatments, therapy approaches, individual health care providers or mental health providers, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned, written about or featured on the site or linked to from this site. Reliance on any information provided by this site, by James Fitzgerald, or by others appearing on this site at the invitation of James Fitzgerald, or other visitors to this site is solely at your own risk.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Clients meeting with James Fitzgerald of James Fitzgerald Therapy for therapy sessions are covered by HIPAA and CFR 42. Coaching clients meeting with James Fitzgerald are not protected by HIPAA or CFR 42.
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE COMPLETE THE INFORMATION ON THIS FORM, THEN READ AND REVIEW THE PRACTICES CAREFULLY.
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal program that requires that all medical records and other individually identifiable health information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, are kept properly confidential. For Psychotherapists this requires little change from the practice of confidentiality that has been required of our profession prior to HIPAA. In general, the HIPAA Act gives you, the client or patient, significant new rights to understand and control how your health care information is used. HIPAA provides penalties for covered entities that misuse personal health information.
As required by HIPAA, I have prepared this explanation of how I am required to maintain the privacy of your health information and how I may use and disclose your health information. Please note that, for the practice of psychology, these HIPAA requirements compliment rather than add any significant change to the normal and usual practice as regards record keeping and confidentiality. I may use and disclose your medical records only for each of the following purposes: treatment, payment and healthcare operations.
Treatment means providing, coordinating, or managing health care and related services by one or more health care providers. An example of this would be performing psychotherapy in this office, or making a referral to another health care provider for additional evaluation or treatment.
Payment means such activities as obtaining reimbursement services, confirming insurance coverage, billing or collection activities, and utilization review for managed care coverage and approval and/or at the request of a third party payer for your treatment (your insurance company). An example of this would be sending a bill for your psychotherapy visit to your insurance company, electronically, by mail, or by fax, sending the necessary clinical information for your insurance company to approve more sessions for coverage for you.
Health care operations include the business aspects of running a practice, such as conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, auditing functions, cost-management analysis, and customer service. An example would be an internal quality assessment review. I may also create and distribute de-identified health information by removing all references to any and all individually identifiable information. I may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health related benefits and services that might be requested by or be of interest to you.
Any other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke such authorization in writing and I am required to honor and abide by that written request, except to the extent that I have already taken actions relying on your prior written authorization to take such actions. You have the following rights with respect to your protected health information, which you can exercise by presenting a written request to your psychotherapist.
The right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information, including those related to disclosures to family members, other relatives, close personal friends, or any other person identified by you. I am, however, not required to agree to a requested restriction if Vermont law or Federal law indicates that to do so would be a violation of Duty to Warn Statutes of person or property, violation of mandated reporting of known abuse of a minor or child, or violation of mandated reporting of known abuse of an elderly or incapacitated person. As a psychotherapy client/patient you own the privilege of confidentiality, and no information, including your presence in therapy or the fact that you are a client, will be disclosed without your specific written permission in a release of information request.
Psychotherapy has traditionally always been more restricted in its mandated legal and ethical protection of your protected health information. HIPAA regulations do not affect any previous safeguards to your privacy as a patient, except in certain cases to strengthen them. The right to reasonable requests to receive confidential communications of protected health information from us by alternative means or at alternate locations. – The right to inspect and copy your protected health information. – The right to amend your protected health information. – The right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information. – The right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us upon request.
I am required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected heath information and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. This notice is effective as of September 1st, 2020 and I am required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices currently in effect. I reserve the right to change the terms of my Notice of Privacy Practices and to make the new notice provisions effective for all protected health information that I maintain. I will post and you may request a written copy of a revised Notice of Privacy Practices from my office.
You have recourse if you feel that your privacy protections have been violated. You have the right to file a written complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Office of Civil Rights, about violations of the provisions of this notice or the policies and procedures of my practice. I will not retaliate against you in any fashion for filing a complaint. Please speak with me directly or contact me for more information.
For more information about HIPAA or to file a complaint:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 619-0257 Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775
Visiting this website, following our social media pages, joining our Facebook group or sending emails to us constitutes electronic communications. Please see the consent forms you need to sign if you are a client being billed by James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC.
If you are not a client, you consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the sites, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
Children Under Thirteen
James Fitzgerald Therapy does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen on any of their websites. James Fitzgerald Therapy also does not provide therapy or counseling services to persons under the age of 13. If you are under 18, you may use https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com only with permission of a parent or guardian. Please refer to the informed consent to treatment form needing authorization from a legal guardian or parent.
Third Party Sites/Third Party Services
The Site contains thousands of links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com and James Fitzgerald is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. James Fitzgerald Therapy, Strengthening Your Conscious Self, and https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com are providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site or any association with its operators.
Certain services made available via https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com are delivered by third party sites and organizations. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com domain, you hereby acknowledge and consent that https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com will not share personally identifiable information or protected health information with any third party with whom James Fitzgerald Therapy has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of James Fitzgerald Therapy’s subscribers and clients.
Exceptions to this rule include clients protected by HIPAA, CFR42, and other federal and state regulations and laws.
No Unlawful or Prohibited Use of Intellectual Property
All content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC and/or its suppliers, creators, and assignees, and are protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. The https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content.
You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of James Fitzgerald Therapy and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content.
I do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of any information source, content creator, authors, publishers, or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
Use of Communication Services
Facebook and Linked In
The Site may contain or link to bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, “Communication Services”).
You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service. Spam and scam comments on blog posts, social media pages and groups are not allowed and will be removed by the administrator.
If you are a client, posting to any public blog, community, or message board administered and hosted by the Site, you may possibly be surrendering your confidentiality and anonymity and your status as a client of James Fitzgerald Therapy.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not:
- defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others
- publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information
- upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents
- upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer
- advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages
- conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters
- download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner
- falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded
- restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services
- violate any code of conduct, community standards, or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service
- harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent
- violate any applicable laws or regulations
James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, they reserve the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. James Fitzgerald Therapy reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.
James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in James Fitzgerald Therapy’s sole discretion.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, James Fitzgerald Therapy specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of James Fitzgerald Therapy, PLLC.
Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you upload the materials. If you are a client using the public pages of this site, you are responsible for protecting your confidentiality (your status as a client).
Materials Provided to https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com
posted as a comment, or submission on any James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC
Website Page, Blog, Social Media Group, or Social Media Page
James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com Site or our associated services (collectively “Submissions”).
However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting James Fitzgerald Therapy, our affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your Submission.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. James Fitzgerald Therapy is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time at our sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.
Exceptions for Materials
Clients of James Fitzgerald Therapy who complete assessments, surveys, questionnaires, tools, trackers, and journals on the subscription areas of this Site are protected by HIPAA, CFR 42, Federal and State regulations, and Professional organization ethical standards of practice. The information you provide through the assessments and other data collection tools will not be shared, copied, distributed, transmitted, publicly displayed, publicly performed, reproduced, edited, translated and/or reformatted; and your name will not be published in connection with your assessment results and submission. Any records created by therapy clients on this site are considered a part of the clinical record and may be transferred to their Therapy Notes LLC client portal for their additional confidentiality protection.
The Service is controlled, operated and administered by James Fitzgerald Therapy from our offices within the USA, the state of Vermont in Chittenden County. If you access the Service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the Content accessed through https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless James Fitzgerald Therapy, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations.
James Fitzgerald Therapy reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with James Fitzgerald Therapy in asserting any available defenses.
In the event the parties are not able to resolve any dispute between them arising out of or concerning these Terms and Conditions, or any provisions hereof, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise at law or in equity for damages or any other relief, then such dispute shall be resolved only by final and binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, conducted by a single neutral arbitrator and administered by the American Arbitration Association, or a similar arbitration service selected by the parties, in a location mutually agreed upon by the parties.
The arbitrator’s award shall be final, and judgment may be entered upon it in any court having jurisdiction. In the event that any legal or equitable action, proceeding or arbitration arises out of or concerns these Terms and Conditions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
The parties agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims in regards to these Terms and Conditions or any disputes arising as a result of these Terms and Conditions, whether directly or indirectly, including Tort claims that are a result of these Terms and Conditions. The parties agree that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. The entire dispute, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision shall be determined by the Arbitrator. This arbitration provision shall survive the termination of these Terms and Conditions.
Class Action Waiver
Any arbitration under these Terms and Conditions will take place on an individual basis; class arbitrations and class/representative/collective actions are not permitted.
THE PARTIES AGREE THAT A PARTY MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN EACH’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PUTATIVE CLASS, COLLECTIVE AND/ OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING, SUCH AS IN THE FORM OF A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION AGAINST THE OTHER.
Further, unless both you and James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. JAMES FITZGERALD THERAPY PLLC AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
JAMES FITZGERALD THERAPY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. JAMES FITZGERALD THERAPY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL JAMES FITZGERALD THERAPY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF JAMES FITZGERALD THERAPY OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES.
James Fitzgerald Therapy reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Georgia and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Georgia in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency contractor or subcontractor relationship exists between you and James Fitzgerald Therapy PLLC as a result of this agreement or use of the Site, to the exclusion of clients of James Fitzgerald Therapy and Strengthening Your Conscious Self © 2022. Rates of services for clients will be kept current on the Site. James Fitzgerald Therapy’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of James Fitzgerald’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by James Fitzgerald Therapy with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.
Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and James Fitzgerald Therapy with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and James Fitzgerald Therapy with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.
Changes to Terms
The site administrators reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change the Terms under which https://www.strengtheningyourconsciousself.com is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. James Fitzgerald Therapy encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.
Access to specific pages is restricted to members who subscribe to the Health and Wellness program Strengthening Your Conscious Self © 2022. Members of this service are considered life coaching clients of James Fitzgerald, MS. The membership is a recurring monthly service. Members are granted access to content on this website and in a timed content dripped manner through Quenza, our client engagement app. If you access a page that is restricted to members only, your access to the site breaches the terms of this agreement. If you suspect the page you accessed is for members only, please contact James Fitzgerald Therapy to let them know.
James Fitzgerald Therapy, PLLC welcomes your questions or comments regarding the Terms:
James Fitzgerald Therapy, PLLC
359 Dorset Street, Suite 200-2
USA, South Burlington, VT 05403
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Revised: Effective as of December 6, 2023