Description of DGS Consulting Services: Neither DGS nor Jackie Pilossoph are licensed therapists and Jackie Pilossoph does not have any formal education in psychology or social work, or any degrees, certificates or other credentials in therapy, social work or psychology. DGS, through its agents and employees involves listening to how you’re feeling and giving advice and non-judgmental answers to your questions based on Pilossoph’s personal divorce, dating and marriage experiences, as well as 7 + years of helping others either through personal advice and/or from the interviews of professionals for the articles and blog posts she has written. These include therapists, divorce attorneys, life coaches and divorce mediators. DGS consulting also offers professional resources if the client needs are out of her realm.
1) Consultant-Client Relationship
A. Client is solely responsible for creating and implementing his/her own physical, mental and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions and results arising out of or resulting from the consultant relationship. As such, the Client agrees that the Consultant is not and will not be liable or responsible for any actions or inaction, or for any direct or indirect result of any services provided by the Consultant. Client understands DGS Consulting Services is not licensed therapy and does not substitute for licensed therapy if needed, and does not prevent, cure, or treat any mental disorder or medical disease.
B. Client further acknowledges that both parties, client and consultant, may terminate or discontinue the consultant relationship at any time. If client decides to terminate sessions bought in a package, funds will not be returned. If consultant decides to terminate relationship, all funds for sessions not used will be returned to client within 30 days.
C. Client acknowledges that DGS Consulting Services does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association and that consultant is not to be used as a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, or other professional advice by legal, medical or other qualified professionals and that it is the Client’s exclusive responsibility to seek such independent professional guidance as needed. If Client is currently under the care of a mental health professional, it is recommended that the Client promptly inform the mental health care provider of the nature and extent of the consulting relationship agreed upon by the Client and the Consultant.
D. The Client understands that in order to enhance the benefits of the consulting services, the Client agrees to communicate honestly, be open to feedback and assistance.
The parties agree to engage in (circle one): in-person or telephone consulting for 60 minute sessions. Consultant will be available to Client by e-mail and voicemail in between scheduled meetings.
3) Schedule and Fees
The fee for a 60-minute session is: $150. All fees can be paid via Venmo or Chase Zelle before the session. DGS as an unlicensed entity does not accept any insurance and is not authorized to bill under any insurance plan. As such you are individually responsible for payment
The time and place of the meetings will be determined mutually by the Consultant and Client. The Client will initiate all scheduled calls and will call the Consultant at the following number for all scheduled meetings (312) 953-5946.
This consulting relationship, as well as all information (documented or verbal) that the Client shares with the Consultant are confidential. However, please be aware that the Consultant-Client relationship is not considered a legally confidential relationship (like the medical and legal professions) and thus communications are not subject to the protection of any legally recognized privilege.
The Consultant has the right to publish blog posts or articles on discussions/issues/questions that come from the consulting sessions. However, the consultant will change the information to protect the identity of the Client and will not use the Client’s name or personal information in the blog posts/articles.
Confidential Information does not include information that: (a) was in the Consultant’s possession prior to its being furnished by the Client; (b) is generally known to the public or in the Consultant’s industry; (c) is obtained by the Consultant from a third party, without breach of any obligation to the Client; (d) is independently developed by the Consultant without use of or reference to the Client’s confidential information; (e) the Consultant is required by statute, lawfully issued subpoena, or by court order to disclose; (f) is disclosed to the Consultant and as a result of such disclosure the Consultant reasonably believes there to be an imminent or likely risk of danger or harm to the Client or others; and (g) involves illegal activity. The Client also acknowledges his or her continuing obligation to raise any confidentiality questions or concerns with the Consultant in a timely manner.
6) Cancellation Policy
Client agrees that it is the Client’s responsibility to notify the Consultant 48 hours in advance of the scheduled call/meeting should the Client have to cancel or reschedule for any reason. Consultant reserves the right to bill Client for a missed meeting for not notifying Consultant prior to the 48-hour time period.
7) Limited Liability
Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, the Consultant makes no guarantees, representations or warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied with respect to the consulting services negotiated, agreed upon and rendered. In no event shall the Consultant be liable to the Client for any indirect, consequential or special damages. Notwithstanding any damages that the Client may incur, the Consultant’s entire liability under this Agreement, and the Client’s exclusive remedy, shall be limited to the amount actually paid by the Client to the Consultant under this Agreement for all consulting services rendered.
8) Entire Agreement
This document reflects the entire agreement between the Consultant and the Client, and reflects a complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter. This Agreement supersedes all prior written and oral representations. The Agreement may not be amended, altered or supplemented except in writing signed by both the Client and the Consultant.
9) Dispute Resolution
If a dispute arises out of this Agreement that cannot be resolved by mutual consent, the Client and Consultant agree to attempt to mediate in good faith for up to 60 days. If the dispute is not so resolved, and in the event of legal action, the person initiating the claim, arbitration, mediation, dispute and or legal filing shall be responsible for attorney’s fees and court costs.
The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party’s right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement.
11) Applicable Law
This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any conflicts of law provisions.
12) Binding Effect
This Agreement shall be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and permissible assigns.