General Terms and Conditions

As a mental trainer IAP and Member of the Swiss Association for Sport Psychology SASP I conduct myself and my work according to the following terms and conditions, rules and ethical guidelines:
In my work I employ techniques and methods based on scientific standards and adhere to the ethical guidelines and professional principles of the Swiss Association for Sport Psychology SASP.

I practice my profession as a mental trainer of athletes to the best of my knowledge and belief, with care and according to the current recognized standards of sport psychology. As a mental trainer expert, I will only provide services for which I have been trained and educated and for which I possess the professional experience and skills. I will behave in a professional and correct manner towards my clients. I will respect their dignity, integrity and rights, especially their right to self-determination and personal responsibility.

I act in the service of the ability, health, well-being and development of my clients. I explain clearly and intelligibly the type, scope, benefits and risks of any diagnostic, therapeutic or other procedures and methods, to my client or his legal representative. I am anxious to prevent any foreseeable or avoidable damage to my client and inform my client of any risks or consequences of his or her behavior.

Mental training usually includes the following services:

  • Analysis and sport-specific clarification of the situation.
  • Mutual agreement about the content and objectives of the mental training program.
  • Counseling and assistance in special situations, e.g. .pre-competition condition, reduced performance in competition, career transitions, assistance in solving problems in the client’s environment etc.
  • Observation of the client in training and competition.
  • Use of diagnostic instruments such as tests or questionnaires.
  • The involvement of other specialists for problems extending beyond the area of immediate concern.
To achieve a successful consultation, the client works together with me the mental trainer and is responsible for his own contribution. The client is motivated and actively strives toward a commonly defined objective. For this purpose the client practices and uses the mental techniques he/she has learned as required.

The basis of our working relationship is founded on trust and communication, the laying down of common objectives and a solution-oriented approach.

For the training to be successful it is imperative the client talks about any inconsistencies or ambiguities without delay. If a clinical problem arises I will address the problem with the client and with his/her permission refer him/her to the appropriate specialist

I agree to strictly observe professional secrecy and preserve confidentiality. I will keep secret from any third party all verbal and written information supplied to me by my clients.

I may be released from the obligation of secrecy when the client expressly permits it. When the client expressly agrees I may give information obtained from the client to third parties, for example, attending physicians, physical therapists, trainers or caregivers.
Client information may be made anonymous for continued use including, statistics, didactic research or publication purposes. Making the information anonymous means that it does not permit a concrete connection to the client to be deduced

I will preserve confidentiality when working with children and young people. This can lead to a conflict of interest between parental rights and the child’s right to self-determination. Such conflicts will be resolved carefully and with the consent of the child or young person involved. Information entrusted to me by a child or teenager will only be passed on to parents or guardians, if the young client agrees and if it is necessary for success of the counselling. In cases of uncertainty with regard to professional ethics I can turn to the professional ethics commission of the Federation of Swiss Psychologists (FSP) for clarification.
The amount of effort required for consultation and training will be decided on an individual basis. This depends on the needs of the client and the specific areas to be addressed.

Billing can be done in one of two ways: either as a predetermined flat rate billing or by hourly rates. Billing by hourly rates will also include an agreement about the approximate cost of our collaboration.

The consulting hours are billed monthly. Written reports, reviewing of documents, test analysis, professional exchanges with experts, telephone conversations and advice by e-mail, Skype etc. within the framework of sport psychology consultations are also charged on the basis of the agreed hourly rate. The client will be invoiced separately for expenses, such as trips and overnight stays.