Last modification: June 14, 2011
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Content: All content provided on this Website is for informational purposes only. The owner of this Website makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or anything found by following any link on this site. Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The Website may contain content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors.
The content of this Website should not be construed to be professional therapeutic advice. The information and opinions expressed on this Website are general in nature and may not apply to any individual reader in their current, past, or future circumstances.
Professional therapeutic advice should be obtained in person from a licensed mental health professional with whom a professional relationship has been established. The ideas and thoughts offered on this Website are simply being offered for the consideration of its readers in conjunction with their own opinions and other sources of information.
Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
Professional Relationship: Neither reading this Website nor sending or exchanging messages directly with Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind constitutes the formation of a professional relationship, and Dr. Bissette will not offer therapeutic advice about a specific situation via email. All professional, therapeutic relationships with Dr. Bissette must be established in person at his place of business with appropriate Informed Consent and Acceptance of Professional Policies Regarding Psychotherapy forms having been signed by the client.
Comments: You should be aware that your comments or questions to Dr. Bissette will not be transmitted over the internet or stored on the internet or personal computer in a manner that guarantees confidentiality. The same will be true of any response from Dr. Bissette. Though safeguards are taken to provide for the security of the content of these emails, hackers have shown themselves effective in invading the privacy of users of the internet, and theft of computers can also result in compromised passwords used to keep personal computer content secure. All of Dr. Bissette's computers are routinely locked with computer passwords to keep content secure.
Unfortunately, Dr. Bissette is not able to give personal therapeutic advice over the internet...he would need far more information than he can get through an email, and he does not do psychotherapy in this manner. Most of the time when people write to ask questions about how to handle a situation, a suggestion is made that they contact a therapist in person to discuss the matter.
The purpose of these messages can be varied, but, as stated above, it is understood that they are not a form of psychotherapy or a replacement for professional help in the resolution of personal problems in any way.
Content Posted on Other Websites: Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which this Website links and that link to this Website. Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind do not have any control over those websites and webpages, and are not responsible for their contents or their use. By allowing a link to a website or webpage to appear on these pages, Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind do not represent or imply that they endorse such website or webpage other than the possibility that they may contain information helpful to the reader. Please also see information about links to other sites here.
Responsibility of Visitors for Computer Safety: You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content, whether from this Website or other websites and webpages that you learn of or link to from this Website. Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind disclaim any responsibility for any harm to your computer resulting from your use of Website or other websites and webpages that you learn about on this Website or go to from a link found on this Website.
Copyright Infringement: In the same way that Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind asks others to respect his intellectual property rights, he respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by this website violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind via the Website or via the contact information on HealthyMind.com. He will respond to all such notices as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material.
Inadvertent Copyright Infringement by Readers: Though quotes from the work of other authors are believed to be lawfully contained on this Website, it is possible that this Website may contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes on the intellectual property and other proprietary rights of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Dr. Bissette disclaims any responsibility for any harm to readers because of copyright infringement, whether on this website, a website that is linked from this Website, or a site that links to this Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
Intellectual Property: This Agreement does not transfer from Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind to you any The Healthy Mind or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind.
Changes: Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Dr. Bissette may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website. Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Disclaimer of Warranties: The Website is provided “as is”. Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Dr. Bissette nor The Healthy Mind makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.
Indemnification: You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Dr. Bissette and Healthy Mind from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorney’s fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
Miscellaneous: This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and it may only be modified by the posting by Dr. Bissette and The Healthy Mind of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement and any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of, Virginia, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions.
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