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Client Terms of Service

These are the Terms and Service Details for clients who wish to engage my services.  Please consider these terms carefully before committing to a therapeutic or coaching agreement.  My goal is for you to be well informed so you can confidently start your journey!

Terms of Service: Introduction

Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D., (Dr. Rhoda) strives to provide her clients with the highest possible level of care. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Sexologist based in Colorado, she coaches clients online worldwide. Today, she is the leading expert on AB/DL in the Psychology and Sexology Community.


Dr. Rhoda follows ethical guidelines set by the various organizations listed here:


  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists, since 2005 American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, since 2010
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, since 2015
  • National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Since 2017
  • Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities, Since 2017

Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D. has earned the following Degrees and Certifications:

  • A.A. (Psychology), Minneapolis Community College, 1985,
  • B.A. (Psychology), Hamline University, 1988,
  • M.S. in Counseling. (Community Counseling), University of Phoenix, 2006
  • Ph.D. (Doctorate of Clinical Sexology) American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, 2014 Certificate in Sex Therapy, Colorado School for Family Therapy, 2007
  • Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, American Board of Sexology, 2007
  • Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy, Colorado School for Family Therapy, 2008 Board Certified Professional Counselor, American Psychotherapy Association, 2014 ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 2015 AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists, 2016

Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D., specializes in treating individuals and couples with sexual concerns, relationship issues, and AB/DL-related issues. If you choose to work with Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D., you will be frequently discussing intimacy and sexual issues in as much detail as necessary to understand and work with your concerns. She realizes that everyone has different levels of comfort discussing sexual issues but she will do her best to respect your boundaries. At no time will there be any sexual contact between Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D., the coach, and you, the client(s). Sexual contact between a coach and client is considered unethical, and professional misconduct, and should be reported to the Colorado State Department of Regulatory Agencies. That information is provided later in this notice.* If you have any questions about what is and is not appropriate professional behavior, please feel free to ask.


Terms of Service: Coaching

Coaching is a comprehensive process that may involve multiple areas of your life, including interpersonal relationships, health, education, recreation, and sexuality. You will be asked to acknowledge that deciding how to handle these issues, incorporating coaching into these areas, and implementing what you have learned in your choices is exclusively your responsibility.

Coaching does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental health conditions as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. You understand that coaching is not a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, or substance abuse treatment and you will not use it in place of any form of diagnosis, treatment, or therapy. You understand that even though Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado, coaching does not include the rendering of psychotherapeutic advice or services and no therapist-client relationship is created or implied when you agree to work with her.

If you are currently in therapy or otherwise under the care of a mental health professional, you will consult with the mental health provider regarding the advisability of working with a sexuality coach and that this person is aware of your decision to proceed with the coaching relationship.

Terms of Service: Confidentiality

Since you will be dealing with issues of such a sensitive nature, Dr. Rhoda believes that confidentiality is one of her most important responsibilities as a coach. In most cases, any information provided by you as a client in coaching is confidential. Unless otherwise mutually agreed in writing, or unless disclosure is required by law or subpoena, the receiving party’s obligations hereunder with respect to each item of confidential information shall never terminate. However, there are legal exceptions to the rule of confidentiality. According to Colorado Statue (C.R.S. 12-43-218) they are:

  • Lawsuits or complaints against the therapist
  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Reviews of professional conduct
  • Reporting child abuse or neglect
  • Duty to warn of serious threat of imminent physical violence to a specific person or persons
  • Duty to warn of serious threats to national security to federal officials

Terms of Service: Payments

Fees are discussed and agreed upon between Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D., and her clients. Payment is expected at the time of service. Dr. Rhoda accepts multiple methods of payment. In the event that you are unable to keep an appointment, you must notify Dr. Rhoda 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify her will result in a charge for the missed session, payable at the time of your next appointment.

*Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. You may contact them at the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Mental Health Section, 1560 Broadway, Suite #1350, Denver, CO 80202, 303-894-7766

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