My professional code of ethics & scope of practice


Here is the fine print about this website, sessions, classes and everything else I offer. These things matter, they help form the solid container for our work together and help us both be on the same page and avoid surprises of what we each expect of one another.

If you have any questions regarding these policies and disclaimers, please contact me. 

1. My professional code of ethics 

1. I assist and offer assistance only when requested, and only within the sacred space created within a session. 

2. I will not make or pass judgment or deny services based on race, age, gender, sexual preferences, income level, political or religious following.

3. I will practice only within my legal, professional and spiritual and cultural scope of practice.

4. I will offer a clearly laid out, transparent fee structure that honors a fair and equal exchange for goods or services. 

5. In my private and professional life I will maintain the highest level of personal self-care as possible. I will engage in regular ongoing continuing education, and participate in regular peer reviews for ethics, scope of practice reviews, and personal and professional development. 

2. My scope of practice 

For my work with humans: I hold credentials as a minister and a massage therapy licence within the state of Washington.  I do not offer mental health counseling or offer psychotherapy, nor is the information offered on this website, my books, meditation products, classes or sessions created or intended to replace proper mental healthcare or medical care.  As a minister and healing arts practitioner, I am able to provide spiritual consulting, spiritual coaching, and energy balancing, Spirit and energetic balancing and healing modalities. However, I do not diagnose illness, disease or any physical or mental disorder; nor do I prescribe medical treatment, pharmaceuticals, or offer mental health/psychotherapy. 

For my work with animals: I am not a veterinarian or a vet tech and I do not offer diagnosis or medical attention for animals under any circumstances. Let's leave that up to the trained professionals! Any and all information I offer within the scope as an animal communicator comes directly from your animals as a request or questions. As wise as our animals are, they don't know everything! Please consult with your veterinarian and your own intuition before making changes that can effect the health and well-being of your beloved animal companions. 

In General: I  do not offer future predictions of any kind. I do not offer medical or medical intuitive diagnosis. Nor will I, or my shamanic - spirit allies tell you what to do, or make choices for you, as those choices are for you to make, as you are the one to live with those choices! 

It is my pledge to practice in ways that does not dishonor the culture, heritage, ancestry or spiritual lineage of others: I honor the gifts and opportunities to grow and learn that my own culture, heritage and spiritual lineage offers me. I addition to learning from but not appropriating others sacred cultures. I personally and regularly review my practices and offerings to assure of this. In addition to seeking regular peer reviews to assure my practices are not in any way appropriating the cultures, heritages or sacred spiritual lineage of others.

I am a licensed massage therapist for humans (not animals) My Washington State Massage Licence is # MA 00009303.  


3. Privacy policies 

The information you share with me is private and sacred. I will not talk about you, our therapeutic relationship, your life, your experiences (or your animals) unless I have your written permission or am required to do so by law.  I do not sell, share or offer any private information regarding my clients to anyone for any reason, unless required by law to do so or I have your written permission. This includes your private email, phone numbers, session details, things you have shared in a class, workshop or private consult. 


4. Honoring the therapeutic relationship

I enter into, co-create, and tend to the therapeutic relationship with sacred reverence. This means I believe that therapeutic relationship needs well tended transparent and clear boundaries and agreements. I tend to the therapeutic relationship with strong ethical, integrity and honestly in my actions, words and thoughts both in physical and spiritual realms to the best of my abilities.  I tend to the therapeutic relationship by holding the intent to do no harm in action, deed, or thought in the physical or spirit realms, and remaining within the boundaries of my scope of practice and by abstaining from judgement, prejudice.  At anytime I feel my offerings may cause harm, or come into miss-aliment with my ability to honor the therapeutic relationship, or remain within my scope of practice, I reserve the right to refuse service at anytime. 


5. Transparent informed consent 

I offer my services only within the context appointments and sessions and with full, transparent informed consent.  I do not I offer any services including energy balancing, distance healing, animal communication, divination, or intuitive, energetic or shamanic modalities without clear verbal or written permission from you and within the sacred container of a session.


6. Terms of use agreement 

Each time we are interacting either in person within a class, workshop, phone consult, private session, or virtually via this website and blog, we have an agreement, that you and I both are agreeing to. Starting with that you are a divine being and the sole creator for your own health and well-being.

We are agreeing that all the information I share on this website, blog books, meditations, in consultations and classes are offered as a resource and are not in any way intended or an attempt to prescribe medical care or replace medical or psychological care. I do not offer medical, physiological, pharmaceutical, or mental heath care.  

By using this website, or partaking in classes, phone consults or sessions, you and I enter into an agreement that you are fully responsible for your own spiritual, emotional and physical well being at all times and for the care and health of the animals within your home and care.  This includes any activities or choices you make before during or following interacting with me, my affiliates, my blog, website.

Only you can make choices for you and your animals. By using my site as a resource you and I are in agreement that all Information and resources shared on this website, blog, in classes, groups, consults and sessions are provided in good faith as an effort to educate and support in areas that are within my scope of practice. Any choices, actions, deeds or thoughts in the physical or spirit realms you create as a result, are yours to learn and grow from, and it is up to you to know and behave in ways that reflect and speak up for your uniqueness, and know that what I share may not be a match for you, your life or your animals life or health. 


6. Copyrights

All text on this website and blog (unless otherwise noted), has been created by Joanna Schmidt and is copyrighted and protected by law.  For written permission to use copyrighted material from this site and blog contact Joanna info(at)