Sacred Practitioner-Client Agreement
As practitioner and client, you and I are entering into a partnership. Using a form of medical care based on Naturopathic and other supportive principles and practices, I am here to support you, guide you, offer you tools, and support your process, but I will not “fix” you – for I don’t believe you are broken. Instead, I will consult, educate, and participate in any diagnostic or treatment planning with you, while supporting the natural self-repair mechanisms of your body, which have been scientifically proven to exist. I will be supporting not just the health of your body, but the health of your mind. If you are not ready, willing, or able to fully participate in your physical, emotional and spiritual healing process, I will be here to nurture and support you without judgment, but we both acknowledge that your health outcome may not be fully optimized. I can only support you as much as you support yourself.
Although I spent many years training to earn the right to be your practitioner, I am not “better” than you, and as such, I will treat you as a cherished equal. Although I may know anatomy better than some of my clients, I trust that you know your body better than I do. Your body is YOUR business, and I am merely here to support what is essentially your responsibility.
I accept that my time is not more valuable than yours. We will respect each other’s time. Barring extreme emergencies, I will not make you wait for your appointment, and you will not be late. And in the event you are unable to make your appointment, you will notify me as soon as possible, ideally at least 24 hours prior so that I can make that time available to other clients who need to see me. We must be present, fully and completely, during our time together. This means we will make our best efforts to remove distractions and focus all of our energy on your health and healing.
I Trust Your Intuition
I will call upon my knowledge, experience and resources to offer you recommendations for preventative care, diagnostic workups and treatment plans, but I will also invite you to listen to the intuition of your healing inner wisdom, your body and your soul. I will explain why I make the recommendations I do, but I will always respect your autonomy, without judgment.
If you choose not to follow my advice, I will respect that and we will negotiate another plan that resonates with your intuition. If I am unable to provide the care you need or desire, I will release you to follow your heart or find another provider without taking it personally.
If we both agree to a treatment plan, I ask that you comply with that plan or explain to me why you can’t. If you have financial constraints, please tell me so that we can modify our plan or find a solution. If you are having issues with limiting beliefs, self-sabotaging behaviours, or issues of willpower, I can help support you, but only if I know what you’re dealing with. Follow through is key if we expect optimal outcomes.
We Must Be Honest With Each Other
We have to be open and tell the truth, even if it is painful or uncomfortable. We must trust that we are safe together, so we can explore things that may be tough to explore. We must open our hearts to the loving kindness and compassion that is a necessary part of any healing relationship.
I will promise you confidentiality, and you must promise to tell me anything I need to know in order to provide the best care possible, including all health concerns, risk of pregnancy and all medications, including over the counter drugs and supplements.
To assist in your care, at times, I may need to consult others to gain information about you or I may need to share information with other health care providers. All information that is disclosed will remain confidential and will only be released with your permission.
We Are Only Human
As my client, you will understand that I am a mere mortal, prone to mistakes, flaws, insecurities, ego, fatigue, tears and distractions in my personal life. I will strive to always be in integrity and to never betray your trust. I will also strive to ensure that you are never a victim of negligence. But you must understand that even the gentlest therapies can have their complications especially in certain physiological conditions, the frail, very young children or those on multiple medications.
As practitioner and client, we agree to accept that we’re both doing the best we can at any given time, and we won’t always get it right. We commit to open communication, mutual respect, a belief in the infinite capacity for whole health and healing and a dedication to cherishing the process and viewing health issues as an opportunity to seek higher ground.
We acknowledge that, between you and me, anything is possible.
Are you on board? If so, sign here.
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