“Using the Case Study at the End of the Module, Assess the Client's Issues and Describe Your Treatment Plan. What Ethical Issues Might Arise?”

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In this essay I am going to assess the client, Miss E’s, issues using the case study provided. I will then describe a treatment plan for Miss E with an attached script. I will also comment on the strengths and weaknesses of using hypnotherapy in these cases and will be noting any ethical issues that may occur throughout. Hypnotherapy is a popular form of therapy for people seeking weight loss. However, clients have often tried many other techniques and diets to achieve their desired weight before choosing to see a hypnotherapist. It should also be noted that as a therapist, we should not jump to the conclusion that a client wishes to lose weight, as they may actually wish to gain weight and such assumptions could immediately damage rapport.

To begin with I would have an initial consultation with Miss E. This initial consultation would be free of charge as it is an opportunity to assess whether I can treat Miss E ethically, for example being within my competency limits as a therapist, as well as identifying the personality type of the client in order to write a screed personalised towards them and their preferred modality. During this initial consultation I would establish what the client's goals are, and in this case, Miss E wishes to lose 2 ½ stone and hopes to have lost this in three months time before she goes on holiday. At this stage the therapist would need to identify as to whether the time-frame desired by the client is actually realistic. For a sensible weight loss plan, the ideal aim is to lose weight at about 1 to 2 lbs per week. In terms of Miss E’s goal weight loss, this would mean a time frame of just over four months rather than the three that she was hoping for. This would have to be explained to Miss E to eliminate any false hope and expectations that she may hold towards the effects of hypnotherapy, so as to avoid potential feelings of disappointment or failure when the weight loss is not achieved in the desired time-frame. The next step...
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