Terms of service

 
Solas Mind Terms and Conditions of Service
These terms of service (the “Terms of Service”or “Terms”) constitute a legally binding agreement made between you, whether personally or on behalf of an entity, (the “User,you” or“your”) and Solas Mind Ltd., Solas Mind International Ltd, and any other affiliates or subsidiaries (collectively, “SolasMind,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), concerning your access to and use of www.solasmind.com, as well as any other websites or mobile applications related, linked, or otherwise owned and operated by us or our affiliates (collectively, the “Website”). The registered office of Solas Mind Ltd. and Solas Mind International Ltd is at UHY Hacker Young (Birmingham), 9-11 Vittoria Street, Birmingham, England, B1 3ND andthe company registration numbers are 12196100 and 14451457 respectively. 

Please read these Terms carefully as they govern your use of Solas Mind.  

By working with Solas Mind and using our Website and booking system, you confirm your acceptance of these Terms and our Privacy Policy. Do not use our Website or services unless you agree to be bound by these Terms and by our Privacy Policy, which you can view here. We may update these Terms from time to time to make them clearer or to reflect changes in law or practice. If we do that, we will use the updated terms when an appointment is booked or a company partners with us to provide wellbeing services. If you do not agree to the changes made to these Terms, then you must stop using our services. If you continue to use our services and work with us after the date the changes have been implemented,we will infer that you accept the amendments.

1. DEFINITIONS
“The Client” — The individual attending a counselling or coaching session
“The Business” — The employer providing Solas Support as a benefit to its employees (“Clients”)
“Providers” — The individual counsellors / coaches providing well-being Services to clients via Solas Mind.
“Services” — the counselling, support, orcoaching sessions Clients can book with our Providers through our Website,including any corporate packages purchased by Businesses.

2. DESCRIPTION OF COUNSELLING / COACHING
Counselling or coaching is a therapeutic relationship, an alliance (not a legal business partnership) between a Provider and a Client. It is a safe, non-judgemental and, at times, thought-provoking space to support an individual’s wellbeing and maximise personal and professional wellness and potential.

3. OPERATION OF SOLAS MIND BOOKING SERVICES
3.1 Our Services are designed to enable Clients to obtain wellbeing support from professional and registered Providers during the hours made available by us in the third-party scheduling system.  
3.2 Clients agree that their contact with Providers will be only through the Solas Services. Providers are not permitted to ask Clients to sign up to their private practice and Clients are not allowed to ask to join the private practice of a Provider unless this has been agreed by Solas Mind in writing.  
3.3 Solas Mind adheres to the BACP/UKCP/ICF Ethical Framework for the counselling and coaching Professions.
For Providers located outside of the UK, we require such Providers comply with the equivalent ethical framework in their jurisdiction. We have also created our own Code of Practice which you can view here.
4. Cancellation and Termination
4.1 If you wish to cancel your support sessions or your place on a training course with Solas Mind, you can do so at any time by sending an email to hello@solasmind.com. If you are a client and have a last-minute cancellation you can reply to your booking confirmation. Please see our cancellation terms and conditions on our website for both training and counselling.
4.2 We have the right to terminate our work with any client and restrict access to our booking system if we receive complaints about that user, or for any other reason at our discretion.
4.3 If you breach these Terms, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these Terms, we may:
(a) temporarily suspend your access to our Services.
(b) permanently stop you from accessing our Services.
(c) notify the Business that is funding support
(d) commence legal action against you

5. Copyrights
5.1 Our Website contains content which is owned by or licensed to us (the “Content”).This Content includes, but is not limited to, the Solas Mind name which is a registered trademark, the Website, Provider and Client hubs, any information on our Website or provided by us, and our processes, design, layout, appearance,marketing, and graphics.  
5.2 You are granted a revocable licence to use our Services, Website, and the Content subject to the restrictions described in these Terms. This means that you have access to the Content, but none of the Content belongs to you.

6. Licence to use our Site and Service
6.1 You may: (a) view pages from our Website in a web browser, and (b) print pages from our Website for personal use being mindful of the below described restrictions.  
6.2 You must not edit or delete any material from our Website or Services.
6.3 You must not:
(a) republish material from our Website or Services, except in the case of social media posts such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, in which case you are permitted to repost, retweet, republish our posts to promote Solas Mind as long as you credit us when not directly reposting;
(b) sell, copy, redistribute, pass off Solas Mind material as your own from our Website, Services or support hubs;
(c) show, send, or copy any material from our hubs to the public; or
(d) exploit any material on our Website, in hubs, or intraining documents for a commercial purpose.  
6.4 We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our Website or Solas Mind Services in our sole discretion.

7. Acceptable use
7.1 Solas Mind exists to help Clients get access to well-being support in the form of mental health information, counselling, and coaching. So that we can continue offering our Services, you must not disrupt our Website or Services in any way.
Prohibited examples include:
(a) trying to edit or modify our Website and/or booking system;
(b) using our Website or Services in any way that is unlawful – see our Client Terms & Conditions;
(c) creating fake accounts or impersonating any real or fictitious user in order to access our Website or Services;
(d) using our Website or Services to collect data on our processes or Providers;
(e) using our Website or Services to access support for personal gain or to garner information and not for genuine help; or
(f) share details of booking links or voucher codes with individuals who are not part of a Business and not eligible for well-being support.  
7.2 So we can offer you safe and appropriate support, you must ensure all the information you supply to us through our Services is true and accurate. When you book a support session,make sure you provide your correct email address, contact details, and complete the intake form. If you have made an error, contact us at hello@solasmind.com.

8. Use on behalf of a partner organisation (the Business)
If you represent a Business, then by clicking to accept these Terms of Service,you agree to bind both yourself and the Business, or other legal entity that operates that Business, to these Terms.

9. The Solas Mind Services
9.1 Provider-Client Relationship
Providers agree to maintain the ethics and standards of behaviour established by the regulatory body that they adhere to. It is recommended that the Client review the applicable Code of Ethics. The Client can do this by asking their Provider which regulatory body they adhere to (this is likely to be UKCP, ICF, BACP or otherwise).  
The Client understands that to enhance the relationship, the Client agrees to communicate honestly, be open to feedback, and do any work suggested between sessions to maximise effectiveness.
Client acknowledges that they may terminate or discontinue the support sessions at any time.  The parties agree to engage in a counselling /coaching relationship online when a session is scheduled by the Client. The sessions are 50 minutes in length, unless otherwise agreed between the Client and the Provider. 
9.2 Procedure
Providers determine their own availability. The Client will initiate all bookings with Providers through our online booking system by clicking their Business link or by visiting the Solas Mind Website. The Client takes responsibility for attending the session at their chosen time. 
9.3 Confidentiality
The Provider-Client relationship, as well as all information the Client shares as part of this relationship, is governed by the principles of confidentiality set forth in the Provider’s relevant Code of Ethics (BACP,UKCP, ICF, etc.). 
Please be aware that the Provider-Client relationship is not considered a legally confidential relationship (like the medical and legal professions) and as such is subject to the protection of any legally recognised privilege. The Provider agrees not to disclose any information pertaining to the Client without the Client’s written consent. The Provider will not disclose the Client’s name to anyone, including any Business funding the sessions,without the Client’s consent
However, there are limits to confidentiality. Please see our Code of Practice
Other limitations may include confidential information that:(a) was in the Provider’s possession prior to establishing the Provider-Client relationship; (b) is known to the public or in the industry; (c) is obtained via a third party who does not owe Client a duty of confidentiality; (d) is disclosed to the Provider and as a result of such disclosure the Provider believes there is an imminent risk of danger or harm to the Client or others;and (e) involves illegal activity including money laundering, terrorism or child abuse.  Solas Mind reserves the right to resist legal requests or produce records in court unless the Provider is required by statute, a lawfully issued subpoena, or a court order to disclose any confidential information. 
9.4 Provider Qualifications
All Solas Mind Providers are members of the BACP, UKCP, NCS,HCPC, ICF or equivalent organisation and have a minimum of 200 + hours’ client experience. All the Solas Mind Providers are hand selected after a rigorous five step process and all have valid professional registrations and / or certifications, as well as necessary qualifications, references, and credentials. Further, all Solas Mind Providers are required to carry their own professional indemnity insurance, have an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (or similar background check for non-UK Providers), and are registered with the ICO (or similar body) to protect your data. 
All our Providers have regular supervision in line with the requirements of their membership body. They are all offered regular CPD courses to enhance their knowledge and maintain our standards. 
9.5 Support Service Only
Solas Mind is not itself a provider of medical services; we provide wellbeing support packages and content and facilitate support sessions with third party contractors (our Providers). We allow individuals and Business’s employees and freelancers to easily access well-being support via our scheduling service, and we interview, review, and supervise our team of Providers (as explained in 9.4) to provide those well-being support services. 
10. LIMITATIONS OF OUR SERVICES
10.1 Solas Mind is not responsible for the individual support received by Clients through our Website and Services from our team of Providers.
Despite our safeguarding procedures and our stringent application process as described in 9.4, some of the content provided by our Services, in our support hubs, or given to individual Clients by Providers, may be incorrect, or inappropriate for a particular Client.
All our Providers are professional practitioners who aim to offer a non-judgemental,safe space, but the nature of the work is very individual and as such not every suggestion, offer of guidance, or, if needed, intervention, will resonate with the individual Client.  
Just because a Provider is on our team does not mean they are necessarily a right fit for you, nor do we endorse the guidance, support,or interventions made by a Provider to a specific individual although we are confident in our Providers’ professionalism and qualifications.
Our Services are set up to give our Clients autonomy to select which Providers they wish to see. As such, if a Provider is not a good fit, Clients are able to select an alternative Provider from our team. 
What the Provider says may not resolve all or any of an individual’s problems - counselling/coaching is not a quick fix and ongoing support may be needed above what has been funded by a Business. We can continue to support individuals or signpost elsewhere if we feel our services are not appropriate or affordable. 
10.2 Solas Mind is not responsible for any action that an individual takes or does not take, or a decision made because of information given through our Services. What individuals choose to do is their choice. We are at the heart a person-centred practice and so we do not advise or steer, we merely provide a safe space for an individual to explore and find their way. Your reliance on any information given is at your own risk.  
Material and information in our support hubs may not be appropriate for every individual. Likewise, information given by a Provider may not be appropriate for every individual. Individuals should contact their GP,doctor, or other medical professional if they need further support outside of the counselling/coaching space.
10.3 The Client is solely responsible for deciding and implementing their own physical, mental, and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, and actions arising out of the counselling/coaching relationship. As such, the Client agrees that the Provider is not and will not be liable or responsible for any decisions or action taken,nor for any direct or indirect result of any services provided by the Provider. The Client understands that booking in with a Provider and receiving coaching is not therapy and does not substitute for a therapist-client relationship. 
10.4 The Client acknowledges that counselling/coaching does not involve the diagnosis of mental disorders or recommendations for medication. It is the Client’s responsibility to seek such independent professional guidance as needed.
If a Client is currently under the care of a mental health professional, it is recommended that the Client promptly inform the Provider and we will signpost where appropriate to a specialist if we feel we cannot support the Client safely and ethically.  
10.5 If you are unable to get an appointment with a Provider or there is an emergency outside our Providers ’available hours, then please do not hesitate to seek emergency support. Our Service is neither a crisis service nor a helpline. We are not responsible if a session is not available and make no assertions that you will be able to seek support whenever you need it. However, we will always strive to support you,when possible, but make no guarantees of this.
We are not obligated to make Services available to you as and when needed. 
10.6 You are advised to exercise self-care when using our Services. You understand and agree that you are aware that the Services offered by Solas Mind are online only and may not be as effective as face-to-face sessions on some occasions. You should never depend upon or make health choices, life choices, or any decisions purely based on your use of our Services.
10.7 Our Providers are trained to assess risks and understand what to do if thoughts of suicide are disclosed or situations of immediate danger emerge within a session. However, Solas Mind is not a crisis service and online support is not suitable nor safe in a crisis.You should reach out to a GP, doctor, or a suicide-prevention helpline or emergency services as needed. You should never delay obtaining medical advice from your doctor or another qualified healthcare professional as appropriate or avoid or delay seeking face to face support because of any information given or assumed by your use of our Services. 
10.8 You accept and agree that Solas Mind provides a support service which links individuals to counsellors and coaches and allows them to easily book appointments via our third-party scheduling app.
Providers are not employees of Solas Mind but are independent, vetted, third party contractors or consultants. Solas Mind is not a party to any services provided by Providers to individuals or any legal relationship created between you and a Provider because of your use of the Solas Mind Services 
10.9 The Client acknowledges that there are certain issues people face that are too broad and complex to work on during an online support session and specialist mental health support (e.g.,psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, etc.) may be better suited and more appropriate in these circumstances. 
10.10 Solas Mind is only for Clients aged 18 and over and our online service is not suitable for Clients who find themselves in a crisis, are having thoughts of suicide, or Clients who are suffering from acute mental distress including psychiatric disorders. If you need emergency support, please contact the relevant emergency services in your area. 
10.11 Our Providers have the right to refuse to work with individuals who they feel are a threat to their physical, psychological, or emotional safety, are under the influence of drugs/alcohol or who become disruptive during a session..
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LIMITATION OF LIABILITY  
11.1 Except as elsewhere provided in these Terms, Providers make no guarantees, representations, or warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied, with respect to the support services supplied to Clients. In no event shall Providers be liable to the Clients for any damages - indirect or consequential.  
11.2 There are responsibilities we acknowledge that, by law, we aren’t allowed to exclude, including our legal responsibility for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, fraud, or fraudulent misrepresentation.  However, apart from the legal responsibilities mentioned above, we shall not be legally liable to any Clients or Businesses for any loss or damage suffered through the use of our Website or Services.
11.3 All legal obligations which may be implied or incorporated into these Terms by law or regulation are expressly excluded to the extent permitted by law. If any limitation or exclusion of liability in these Terms is not enforceable, then we shall not be liable to you for more than the amount actually paid by the Client or Business (as applicable) to Solas Mind under these Terms for all Services rendered through and including the termination date.
12. THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
OurWebsite or support hubs may include links to other websites owned and operated by third parties that we support and champion. We have no responsibility for the content of such third-party websites.  We have no control over third party websites and their contents, and we accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. 
13. GENERAL TERMS
13.1 If any portion of these Terms are held to be illegal or unenforceable, those (but only those) provisions shall be deemed to be deleted and the rest of the Terms shall remain in full force and effect. 
13.2 These Terms reflect the entire agreement between Solas Mind and the User and reflect a complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter. These Terms supersede all prior written and oral representations. 
13.3 These Terms may be amended or supplemented at any time. Any changes will be updated on our Website and Clients and Businesses will be notified when booking or using our Services. 
13.4 If a dispute arises out of these Terms that cannot be resolved by mutual consent, the Client, Business,Solas Mind, and the Provider agree to attempt to mediate in good faith for upto 30 days after notice is given. If the dispute is not so resolved, and in the event of legal action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover legal fees and court costs from the other party 
13.5 You may not assign, transfer,or subcontract any of your rights under these Terms without our prior written consent. We may assign, transfer, or sub-contract all or any of our rights at any time without your consent. 
13.6 A person who is not a party to these Terms shall not have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act of 1999 to enforce any provision in these Terms. 
13.7 A failure or delay in exercising any right, power, or privilege in respect of these Terms will not operate as a waiver, and a single or partial exercise of any right will not be presumed to preclude any subsequent or further exercise of that right.
No waiver shall be effective unless in writing. 
13.8 These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales without giving effect to any conflicts of law’s provisions. The parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. 
13.9 These Terms shall be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors. By scheduling a coaching, counselling, or training session through our Website or Services, you are deemed to have accepted these Terms. 
13.10 All notices to a party shall be in writing and shall be made either via email or conventional mail. Notice sto us must be sent to hello@solasmind.com, if by email, or to our registered office address if by conventional mail. We also welcome any comments or questions at hello@solasmind.com
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