Tarot Code of Ethics

A “Code of Ethics” is a helpful declaration to let potential clients know who they are working with and the intended quality of the service. It may also express boundaries, limitations, and respectful exclusions set by the practitioner.

My “Tarot Counseling / Consulting” code of ethics is strongly influenced by my training as a professional counselor, offering the same respect and clear boundaries you would expect from a mental health professional. Ideally, readings are life-affirming experiences for clients and readers alike.

Every reading benefits from my 40 years of Tarot experience (since 1972) along with 30 years of professional psychotherapeutic training (since 1989) and counseling skills (since 1991). For more information about my background and training, please follow this link to “About Katrina.”

Every client and topic is addressed with respect and a compassionate heart. All are welcome. Open to exploring all topics clients wish to address in a life-affirming manner. All ages are served, minors seen with parental permission.

Clients’ names and personal content are kept private. The only exception is when clients have given specific permission to share the story of their readings.

When topics are presented, such as health, legal, or financial questions or decisions, these are areas that may be better addressed by those with professional experience or credentials. Effort will be made to offer effective referrals. Some concerns may be deemed appropriate as long as they do not involve specific advice or decision-making on the part of the reading or reader. Tarot readings are not meant to be a substitute for professional treatment, care, or advice.

My greatest strengths are in supporting clients to get a clearer perspective on their issues and opportunities, to be the spiritual midwife for clients to reach desired changes, and to go as deeply into clients’ healing processes as appropriate. In this light, I believe predicting specific future events only provides temporary satisfaction, where deeper understanding may offer clients a sense of peace and the power to make better decisions. For more discussion on this distinction, please read my article “Tarot Counseling vs. Predictive Readings.”

If these guidelines resonate with your expectations of a Tarot reading, I know you will be absolutely satisfied with your reading. I would rather refund a client’s payment than to have an unsatisfactory experience for either the client or myself.

Please feel free to contact me, Katrina, with any further questions you may have about the quality and professionalism of my services.

Katrina Wynne, M.A.
+1 (541) 547-5123  landline

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2 Responses to “Tarot Code of Ethics”
  1. Paul Nagy says:

    Confidentiality vs. Anonymity: I think in some cases some private things should be talked about in a larger context so that an issue that arises in a confidential session. I want to explore its implications with several people. I change and/or do not reveal the identifying factors of the actual case or its context in time, even to the degree of invention so as to protect the identity of the trigger case, respect the confidentiality of the person.
    For instance in classes unique biographical detail learned about another person should be held in confidence which means you do not tell or gossip about that person and their life issues to others. However it is fine to talk about the story or issues the person raised anonymously as in card combinations etc. For instance I was showing how certain combination occurrences of cards might suggest incest. It does not mean that there is incest but depending upon the intimacy of the reading, it is a question to be raised.
    So in my classes people can discuss anything they hear but they are not to reveal the identity of the person if it were a personal detail. We also allow people to raise full confidentiality about some issues, which means we do not even speak of some issue anonymously.

    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your contribution to the topic of “Confidentiality.”

      Yes, private things can be talked about and are often the point of talking.

      Class groups can have their own unique set of guidelines, such as anonymity. As long as everyone has agreed to this understanding before the class begins or prior to personal material being shared. I conduct many of my classes similarly.

      Here is where I may digress. If a story comes up that I have an interest in sharing outside of the designated group or session, I will expressly ask for permission to share that story and give the story-teller the opportunity to say “no.” I respect the boundary of no, and appreciate the “yes” when it is granted.

      As with counseling relationships, in private sessions, or in classes, the story-teller/client is free to follow their own ethics in terms of sharing their personal experiences, story, feelings, revealing names, etc., inside and outside of the session. It is I who is sworn to secrecy, not them. I find this provides a “safe container” for clients to open up and go as deeply into their material as may be needed.

      Last, I did not name this specifically, but it is broadly implied…in a private session, I am working with the person/s who showed up, not the ones they are bringing into the story. For example, if a client came in to get clarity about their partner, I would focus on my client’s experience and support, not delve into the partner’s material. Ultimately, it is about the one who is there and what they are experiencing and how to best navigate their life, no matter what the details are in the other person’s life. I can write volumes about this distinction for it is a huge issue that is not always understood by many people. Once in a session, my clients get it and we can go on to do more profound and useful work.

      Love hearing your insights and experience Paul and hope to see you here again!

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