In this document the phrases "Find a Counsellor", "www.findacounsellor.info.", "we", "our" or "us" are used to refer to the private limited company called (and trading as) "Counselling Channel Ltd" and the operations of its Find a Counsellor online service/directory, whilst the phrase "terms and conditions" refers to the content of this document (i.e. "Find a Counsellor: Terms of Registration and Site Use").
Using Find a Counsellor and accessing any information from the Find a Counsellor directory means that you agree to the terms and conditions of use as set out in this document. These terms and conditions may be changed without prior notice at any time so please keep yourself updated for any changes. Please do not use this website if you do not agree with these terms and conditions. If you do use Find a Counsellor, your conduct indicates that you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
The Counselling Channel is not an agent for the counsellors or organisations whose services are displayed, mentioned or referred to in the Find a Counsellor directory. We do not control and are not responsible for the prices of such services, nor their availability, competency, suitability or professionalism.
Find a Counsellor is a directory of counsellors and holds no judgment on any individual person or organisation listed in the directory; we publish the individual/organisation profile listings and are not responsible for the competency or professionalism of the service provided. The information published on a specific organisation or individual is as per the information provided by that individual or organisation and we are not liable for any false information given such as contact details, qualifications or membership details. We do our utmost to ensure the individual counsellors on our site are qualified and/or registered with a recognised body when submitting their profiles - however we strongly recommend that you verify this as we will not be held responsible for any false information provided, referred to and displayed on www.findacounsellor.info
In the event that we receive a complaint against a practitioner listed in Find a Counsellor it should be clearly understood that we are not responsible for the individual practitioner concerned or any counselling agency associated with them. Find a Counsellor is just a directory and we have no responsibility to the individual making the complaint, although we do reserve the right, at our discretion, to cancel the subscription of any practitioner in the directory at any time and for any reason (any such cancellation will, with immediate effect, remove from the directory the listing of the practitioner concerned and cancel our taking of any further subscription payments from them). We are not responsible for any member listed in the directory and an entry does not mean that we endorse or accredit the qualifications and/or skills of counsellors appearing in it.
We make every effort possible to make the information in Find a Counsellor as accurate as possible. However we cannot and will not be held responsible for changes such as name, address, phone number, qualifications and memberships with recognised bodies - it is up to respective owners of the advert to inform Find a Counsellor of any changes, and up to users of www.findacounsellor.info to verify with counsellors that the information is correct. You understand and agree that www.findacounsellor.info does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information in or provided in connection with www.findacounsellor.info
Under no circumstances will Counselling Channel Ltd or any of its employees, partners, affiliates, agents, sponsors, or any other party involved in the creation, production, maintenance or distribution of content in www.findacounsellor.info be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from either: the use and reliance on www.findacounsellor.info; or the inability to use www.findacounsellor.info; or mistakes, omissions, interruptions, suspension, termination, deletion of files or e-mail, errors, defects, viruses, delays in operation, transmission or service response time, or any failure of performance with respect to www.findacounsellor.info including without limitation those arising from acts of God, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorised access to www.findacounsellor.info, programs or services; products or services received through or advertised on www.findacounsellor.info, products or services received through or advertised on any links provided on www.findacounsellor.info; or information or advice received through or advertised on www.findacounsellor.info and information or advice received through or advertised on any links provided on www.findacounsellor.infoinfo; or any information, data, text, messages and other materials that you email, post, upload, reproduce, transmit or is otherwise distributed using www.findacounsellor.info.
We are unable to ensure or guarantee the security of any information transmitted over the Internet. Any data or information which you transmit to or by using www.findacounsellor.info is done at your own risk and we shall not be responsible for or liable for any damages or injury that may result from transmitting such information. Counselling Channel Ltd, affiliates, third parties, sponsors, or the like, cannot be held responsible that www.findacounsellor.info will be uninterrupted or error-free; or that www.findacounsellor.info or the computer server(s) from which www.findacounsellor.info is made available, is free of viruses or other harmful components. The information provided in the database record for each counsellor in the Find a Counsellor directory is intended to be used by prospective clients or employers solely for the purpose of searching for - and contacting - suitable counsellors in a given location. Such information is not to be sold or traded to other database companies. It is also prohibited to modify any data in the Find a Counsellor directory, except that an individual counsellor is permitted to modify the information contained in their own individual directory listing. Text and graphics contained in Find a Counsellor are the property of www.findacounsellor.info with the exception of individual and organisation names and details and links including those with logos listed in the directory which are property of the respective owners who have read and understood these terms and conditions as well.
No materials from Find a Counsellor may be copied, downloaded, reproduced, broadcast, shown or played in pubNo materials from Find a Counsellor may be copied, downloaded, reproduced, broadcast, shown or played in public, republished, uploaded, posted, stored, transmitted or distributed in any way or adapted or changed in any way unless with permission or consent from Counselling Channel Ltd. and its directors. We make no representation or warranties of any kind with regard to www.findacounsellor.info or the contents and disclaims all such representations and warranties. We do not represent or warrant (despite our best efforts to maintain data) that the information on the Find a Counsellor website is accurate, complete or current. Neither Counselling Channel Ltd nor any of its employees or other representatives will be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with the use of this site. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties.
You are prohibited from:
Links to other websites (and the content thereof) belonging to counsellors, organisations and also other bodies and associations remain the property of their respective owners. The Counselling Channel is not responsible for the content produced by counsellors in the Find a Counsellor directory; this too is the property of respective owners.
All entries that appear in Find a Counsellor are for informational purposes only. You accept full responsibility for all communications with any counsellor/psychotherapist contacted via the website. The Counselling Channel shall in no event be liable to you or to anyone for any decision made or action taken by you in the reliance on information provided in the Find a Counsellor directory. Each individual with a Find a Counsellor 'Seal of Approval' on their profile has provided us - when they were initially listed in the Find a Counsellor directory - with proof of registration with a relevant professional association (registration of a type which means that the professional association concerned vouches for the fitness to practice of the individual concerned) OR proof of a relevant licence to practice OR proof of a relevant qualification and professional indemnity insurance cover and membership of a recognised professional association. However it is strongly recommended that you verify all qualifications, insurance cover and membership details of the individual or organisation as we only ask for details on submission and DO NOT monitor changes.
Once counsellors are registered with Find a Counsellor they may update their profile at any time, publish articles on the website, add themselves to our list of counselling supervisors or counsellor trainers and advertise upcoming events/seminars or workshops. Find a Counsellor cannot and will not be held responsible for any false information. It is up to respective owners of the advert to inform Find a Counsellor of any changes, and up to users of www.findacounsellor.info to verify with counsellors that the information is correct.
All content displayed in the Find a Counsellor directory is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Counselling Channel Ltd is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of the website.
Counselling Channel Ltd and/or its directors shall have no liability at all for direct or indirect, special or consequential damages, relating in any way to the information provided. Counselling Channel Ltd is not in any way responsible for any claim made, or any information provided. An entry in the Find a Counsellor directory does not thereby mean that the Find a Counsellor service - nor Counselling Channel Ltd nor its directors - endorses or accredits the qualifications and/or skills of counsellors appearing in the directory.
Data Protection Act 1998
The Find a Counsellor service is licensed in accordance with the legal requirements of the UK's Data Protection Act 1998. This means that we must follow strict procedures specified by the Act when collecting and handling sensitive information about individuals. Further information about the Act and what it means can be found at: www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
We are registered as Counselling Channel Ltd. (this is our 'Data Controller Name'). Our registration number (also known as our notification number) is PZ158412X.
For counsellors advertising in the Find a Counsellor directory:
In submitting a profile on Find a Counsellor, you are agreeing that all the information given can be made publicly available with the strict exception of your directory subscription payment details, your email address (users will still be able to contact you via email using the Find a Counsellor directory) and optionally your full address (you will have the option of limiting publicly viewable address details to a display of only city/town/village, county/state, country and first half of postcode).
What information will registering counsellors need to give?
Credit/Debit Card Details:
Note that The Counselling Channel never at any stage sees or stores your credit/debit card details since these are handled by an established and secure transaction-processing company (see below). The only exception concerns any order-payments received by post, fax, email or phone instead of via (the more usual) on-line means.
Why is this information required?
Your address details are required so that the search function on our directory will work correctly, thus enabling those searching for a counsellor to better find one in their own area. We understand that some individuals will not want their full address displayed on the Internet and for this reason the only mandatory displayable address fields are as follows:
Your email address and telephone number are both required so that we can contact you regarding any queries and let you know that your profile has been approved (or not approved as the case may be). These details are also required to enable those searching on our website to contact you (although your email address will be hidden from users, they will still be able to contact you via email using this email address).
We guarantee that your email address will not be passed to any 3rd party unless we are required to do so by law (e.g. as a result of a criminal investigation).
Details of languages spoken fluently (e.g. English) are also required, since prospective clients will certainly wish to know about this.
Other mandatory information includes details of your relevant accreditation(s) and session charge rates. You can also optionally give much more information about yourself, including your practitioner qualifications and details of your experience, the code of professional ethics you adhere to, the type of client(s) you see, the way(s) in which you work, and the theoretical approach(es)/model(s) you work with. The more information you give, the better it is since the purpose of our site is to provide those searching for a counsellor with information about you before having to contact you. Beyond the mandatory items, each counsellor can choose how much or how little information they wish to give.
We will need proof of your professionalism before your application for a directory listing can be accepted. However, unless you yourself choose to include such details in your public profile, such details are stored confidentially by us - apart from details of relevant accreditation(s) - and will never be passed onto any third party.
Your name and credit/debit card details are used to take the agreed payment for your listing out of your account.
How are your card details protected?
The Counselling Channel never at any stage sees or stores your credit/debit card details. All transactions are processed by SecureTrading, a well-established UK-based company whose payment service provider credentials are accepted by - and integrate with - all the major UK banks and several international banks, including HSBC, LloydsTSB Cardnet, Barclaycard Business, NatWest, American Express, Bank of Scotland and others.
SecureTrading use a secure server and all communication within the SecureTrading system is strongly encrypted using 2048-bit Public/Private Key encryption with variable 168-bit session keys. This is many more times secure than standard browser SSL security.
When you enter your payment details the locked padlock symbol will be displayed in your browser window, which means the website is secure and you can safely send private information through it.
Cancellations and Refunds Policy
If you wish to cancel your listing you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and a brief note explaining that you'd like to cancel your subscription. Please note, however, that any such cancellation will not take effect for 30 days (i.e. a 30 days notice period operates) in terms of due subscription payments: any payment due to be taken by us within those 30 days will still be taken even if your chosen subscription is annual (as distinct from monthly) and the next annual payment happens to fall due within those 30 days. We will not reimburse you for any subscription payment or "Top Spot" payment already taken.
If you cancel your subscription but then later decide that you wish to re-join the directory, you can - by logging into the system using your original user-name and password - reactivate, update and resubmit your original application form without having to re-enter all of the same information again.
If we decide, for whatever reason, to cancel your listing in Find a Counsellor, then no further subscription payments will be taken after the date of such cancellation and we will refund any whole-month subscription payments that are yet to be taken at the time of our cancelling your subscription: e.g. if you have a 12-month (i.e. annual) subscription which we cancel during the 3rd month, then we will refund 9 months' worth of the annual subscription cost as it applied at the time of your subscription.
If the Find a Counsellor service (directory) should ever be discontinued (shut down), then this will be deemed to be equivalent to our having cancelled each and every individual subscription, in which case the same whole-month refund policy, as described above, will apply in respect of each individual subscriber.
We will not take any subscription payment from your card until we have accepted your application for an entry in the Find a Counsellor directory. Payment will begin from the first day your listing is visible. If your application fails for any reason (for example due to lack of proper qualifications) then we will not charge your card.
Please note that repeat subscription payments - whether monthly or annually according to your choice - will be automatically taken on the due date(s) unless either we cancel your subscription (in which case, and with immediate effect, no further subscription payments will be taken) or you cancel your subscription with 30 days notice.