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1. No Therapist / Client Relationship. We provide this blog for general informational purposes only. Dr. Darcy Smith is a provider of mental health services and consequently, much of the information contained on this blog relates to mental health topics. Not withstanding the aforementioned, please be advised that your participation in this blog does not create a doctor-client, therapist-client or any other professional relationship between you and either Dr. Darcy Sterling or any of her affiliates. By using the blog, you agree that the information on this blog does not constitute a professional relationship. Do not consider the blog to be a substitute for obtaining mental health services from a qualified therapist licensed in your state. The information contained herein may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up-to-date. While we try to revise the blog on a regular basis, it may not reflect the most current professional developments. The opinions expressed at or through the blog may not reflect the opinions of Alternatives or of any specific author.
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