PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEB SITE.
The terms “we”, “us”, “our” and “GTA” refers to Group Therapy Associates. The term the “Site” refers to grouptherapyassociates.org and grouptherapyassociates.com and any subdomains. The term “user,” “you” and “your” refers to site visitors, clients, colleagues, and any other users of the site.
Group Therapy Associates provides a blog and “tools” pages where users can read articles on mental health, relationships, parenting, and other wellness issues. We also provide occasional online video chats, videos, free webinars, teleseminars, and other interactive sources of information. These resources are strictly for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only. They are NOT intended to be a substitute for medical, mental health, or legal advice. Therapy is not being provided and no such professional relationship can be established by visiting the site and engaging with it’s content. Those with more serious concerns should seek psychiatric, medical , or relationship advice from a qualified health care provider in your area.
GTA also provides access to its services via grouptherapyassociates.com. Purchasing or scheduling an appointment for any class, coaching, or therapy service through this site means that you to consent to the terms and conditions of each particular service as outlined within the headings below. Consent forms and appropriate counseling agreements and refund policies are also provided during and/or after your purchase of a service. By purchasing a service via our site you agree to the refund policies stated within and those contained within the consent materials provided after confirming your purchase.
Events, Workshops, Groups, Classes, & Retreats
All events, workshops, groups, classes, & retreats, including but not limited to Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word, Passionate Partners, Menage A Deux, Not Tonight Dear, Confidence Club, etc., from GTA and/or Conversations Off the Couch (a division of GTA), both in person and online, are educational in nature and do not consitute doctor-patient or therapist-client relationship regardless of the facilitator(s) or host(s)’ professional expertise or licensure. Events, workshops, groups, classes and retreats from GTA are non-refundable once purchased. If for some reason you can’t attend the date you registered for, you may contact us no less than 48 hours in advance and we will happily provide you with a credit which can be used at a later date toward another similar event, workshop, class, group, etc. No-shows or cancellations made less than 2 days prior to the class date forfeit all monies paid and will not be issued a refund or credit toward future services.
Upon completion of your purchase, an order confirmation email will be sent with any neccessary instructions, downloads, or paperwork. It is your responsibility to read carefully all emails sent to you by GTA to ensure you complete any neccesary paperwork or steps in order to be provided your service.
E-books, Online Classes, and other Virtual Products
E-books, digital downloads, online classes and any other virutal product sold by GTA is non-refundable once purchased.
Upon completion of your purchase, an order confirmation email will be sent with any necessary instructions, downloads, or paperwork. It is your responsibility to read carefully all emails sent to you by GTA to ensure you complete any necessary paperwork or steps in order to be provided your service.
Questions or concerns regarding coaching or classes should be directed to your our Director of Non-Clinical Services, Esther Boykin, LMFT who may be contacted at esther[at]grouptherapyassociates.org
Coaching is a professional relationship designed to help you reach your personal, professional, and social goals, however it is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Coaching is not the same as therapy or counseling nor does it afford the same regulated protections as mental health care. Scheduling or participating in coaching sessions at GTA does not constitute a privileged health provider relationship; regardless of your coach’s other professional qualifications (e.g. licensure as a health professional, academic training in a health-related field).
Your coach may be a licensed mental health care provider, however by purchasing a coaching package you acknowledge that their relationship with you is not as a privileged health provider but as a life or relationship coach. Their suggestions and recommendations during your coaching relationship are NOT to be construed as medical or psychological diagnosis, treatment, or advice.
If you need guidance regarding a specific mental or physical health issue, you are instructed to seek the guidance of an appropriately licensed health professional outside of your coaching sessions. Group Therapy Associates coaches do not provide emergency services of any kind. In an emergency situation, clients are advised to contact the appropriate resources within their local community. You may not seek health care services from your coach at any time during the coaching relationship or for one year following the termination of coaching.
You further acknowledge and accept that coaching does not come under the regulations of HIPPA or any other state or federal regulations in regards to protecting your private health. GTA is committed to your privacy and every reasonable effort will be made to maintain your privacy and confidentiality. You agree not to hold your coach or GTA liable for personal information that may be exposed over the course of you coaching and further acknowledge that electronic communication and sessions in public venues may pose increased risk of exposure for which GTA is not responsible. In the event that your coach is concerned about your physical safety or the safety of others, they may share any or all of your communications with appropriate persons and/or organizations in an effort to protect you/others.
While we promise to work to give you the best services we can, we cannot guarantee the outcome of your coaching sessions and/or recommendations. We cannot make any guarantees other than to deliver the coaching services purchased as described. You agree not to hold your coach or GTA liable for any harm, injury, or loss that results from your participation in coaching.
Coaching sessions are non-refundable and must be paid in full is prior to scheduling a session. Sessions may be rescheduled through your coach with a minimum 2 day notice. No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will be charged the full fee and are not eligible for refunds or discounts. Clients may be terminated at the coach’s discretion.
Questions or concerns regarding coaching or classes should be directed to your our Director of Coaching & Educational Services, Esther Boykin, LMFT who may be contacted at esther[at]grouptherapyassociates.com.
Therapy and counseling services provided by GTA are non-refundable once an appointment has been completed. Prior to your appointment, you may cancel or reschedule your appointment by contacting our office by phone or email within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment. No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours before your appointment will be billed a $75 fee.
Therapy and comprehensive assessments are delivered via face-to-face meetings only. We do not provide e-therapy, counseling via phone, Skype, email, or other electronic means. A therapist-client relationship is only established after you have had an initial assessment in-person and completed all of the necessary paperwork provided by your therapist. Scheduling an appointment with a therapist or counselor at GTA does not constitute a privileged health provider relationship.
Questions or concerns regarding therapy or counseling should be directed to your therapist or our Clinical Director, Llouana Harper, LPC, NCC who may be contacted at llouana[at]grouptherapyassociates.com
Third Party Resources
This site and some products contain links to third party websites and other resources. You acknowledge and agree that GTA is not responsible or liable for the availability, accuracy, content or policies of third party websites or resources. Links to and mention of such websites, books, service providers, or any other resource does not imply any endorsement by or affiliation with GTA. You acknowledge and accept sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such resources.
GTA respects the privacy of your personal information. The personal information you provide directly to us is handled with the greatest care however by using this site you accept the risks inherent with electronic communication and will not hold GTA liable for personal information that is compromised by technical error including unsecure networks, hackers, or malware. GTA will not sell or otherwise disclose any information that identifies you to a third party. Comments you make on this site are public. Remember that email is not secure, and should not be used to transmit personal or confidential information.
This website may contain links to other sites. GTA is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites and this privacy statement applies solely to information collected at this site.
Changes to Terms
GTA reserves to right to amend or revise these Terms and Conditions and any other portion of our site at any time. Amendments are effective immediately upon posting to this page which serves as our notification to you. By using any portion of this site, you agree to the newly revised Terms and Conditions.
You acknowledge that the articles, tips, tools, products, and advice of GTA, included on this site, including but not limited to text, graphics, logos and the selection and arrangements thereof, is and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of GTA. Any other use, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, republication or display, of the content on this site is strictly prohibited and an infringement of copyright or proprietary rights in the information. (Articles on this site not written by GTA or one of our representatives are not our sole and exclusive property but permission must be obtained for their use from the authors themselves – as indicated in the bio section).
THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR PROVIDED OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITH NO WARRANTY. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, GTA DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO SUCH INFORMATION, CONTENT, SERVICES, PRODUCTS, AND MATERIALS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, FREEDOM FROM ERROR, INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER VIRUS, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. IN ADDITION, GTA DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE VIA THIS SITE IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE OR CURRENT. GTA HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES AND UPDATES TO ANY INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL GTA BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF GTA HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN AN ACTION UNDER CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, INABILITY TO USE, OR PERFORMANCE OF THE INFORMATION, SERVICES, CONTENT, PRODUCTS, AND MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE OR THE INTERNET GENERALLY.
You agree to indemnify and hold GTA harmless from any and all losses, damages, settlements, liabilities, costs, charges, assessments and expenses, as well as third party claims and causes of action, including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees, due to or arising out of your use of the site, your violation of these terms and conditions or your infringement of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.
Entire Agreement; Waiver
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and GTA pertaining to the site and services purchased through the site supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, representations, and understandings between us reagrading the use of grouptherapyassociates.com. No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement by GTA shall be deemed, or shall constitute, a waiver of any other provision, whether or not similar, nor shall any waiver constitute a continuing waiver. No waiver shall be binding unless executed in writing by GTA.
All requests and other communications shall be in writing and sent via U.S. certified mail or any other verifiable and tackable means of delivery and properly addressed as follows:
Group Therapy Associates
PO Box 127
Haymarket, VA 20168
Governing Law; Venue; Mediation
This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with, and governed by, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia as applied to contracts that are executed and performed entirely in Virginia. The exclusive venue for any arbitration or court proceeding based on or arising out of this Agreement shall be Prince William County, Virginia. The parties agree to attempt to resolve any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement by mediation, which shall be conducted under mediation procedures upon which the parties agree. The parties further agree that their respective good faith participation in mediation is a condition precedent to pursuing any other available legal or equitable remedy, including litigation, arbitration or other dispute resolution procedures.
If any term, provision, covenant, or condition of this Agreement is held by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void, or unenforceable, the rest of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired, or invalidated.
These Terms and Conditions bind and inure to the benefit of the parties’ successors and assigns. These Terms and Conditions are not assignable, delegable, sublicenseable or otherwise transferable by you. Any transfer, assignment, delegation or sublicense by you is invalid.