Professional Boundaries

Here I outline my boundaries when working with coaching clients. This is important for a few reasons: to set expectations, to create transparency and accountability, and to ensure all clients can give informed consent to treatment.

What PST Coaching Is

Psychosexual Somatics Therapy (PST) coaching is an integrative modality. Sessions may involve cognitive, emotional, somatic, energetic, and sexual aspects.

During sessions clients may experience emotions they have repressed for many years, or have experiences that evoke past experiences via memories stored in the body. The intention of this work is to gently bring awareness while supporting the client to hold and integrate these parts.

What PST Coaching Is Not

PST Coaching is not psychotherapy or counselling. I am certified as a coach, and my practice is designed to be a short-term engagement offering a maximum of 10 sessions to each client.

I am not qualified to work with people who have psychiatric diagnoses or personality disorders, or who are currently taking anti-psychotics or anti-depressants. I happily refer people on when they would benefit more from longer-term support.

Client Responsibility

The client may experience strong emotions both during and after each session, and it’s recommended to allow several days to integrate whatever may come up. Alcohol and drugs are not advised the day before or immediately afterwards, and if the client arrives under the influence then I will not give treatment and no refund will be given.

All of the work done is client-led, and the client is responsible for their experience and actions both during and after each session. The client may stop or pause a session at any time, and I request that clients inform me straight away if they wish to proceed differently.

Client Confidentiality

Anything shared in a session will be kept confidential, unless I have explicit consent from the client. If we encounter each other outside of a session, I will not disclose the nature of our professional relationship. While I may acknowledge them, I will take their lead in how we interact.

There are two exceptions to this where I will discuss material that a client brings to a session:

  • If you share that you are going to physically harm yourself or another person, then I will take appropriate action and pass this on.
  • I attend regular supervision calls with my mentors and peers, where I can bring any questions or challenges I’m having in my practice. This is important for my growth as a coach, and any client material I share is always done anonymously.

Client/Coach Relationships

I do not engage in romantic or sexual relationships with clients. Anyone I had previously had a romantic or sexual relationship with would only be considered as a client after at least 12 months had passed since the end of the relationship.

I consider working with existing friends on a case-by-case basis; this involves a discussion about how embarking on work together may impact our friendship, other mutual connections we may have, and how we interact with each other socially.

When working with people with whom I have an existing friendship, we agree not to engage in social interaction either during or immediately after each session. Session-related material would only be discussed during session time. This protects the container of each session, keeping roles and boundaries clear, and ultimately supporting the work we do.

Your Feedback is Welcome

If you are interested to work with me and you have any questions or feedback about anything I’ve mentioned here (or anything you feel I haven’t), you are welcome to contact me.