“ Why is the Initial Consultation so important? What Factors will an ethical Therapist cover at this time?” Page 1
“Why is the initial consultation so important?” What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?. My aim is to fully answer both questions that are presented in the essay title. I plan to do this essay in two parts. Firstly looking at the initial consultation and then moving on and covering the ethical issues that a therapist would need to consider and cover at this time.
The initial consultation is an important tool and is used in the planning of a clients therapy. An initial consultation should be conducted with each client before they undergo any planned therapy. The reasons for this follow.
An initial consultation provides the therapist a platform with which to gather important information about new clients. Even in a situation where a client is only attending a one-off stop smoking session for example, it is imperative that information about their past and present health, and current medication is ascertained. Other general information should be recorded at this time, name, age, contact details etc. Notes should be written on their family's health history as well as their personal situation. Is there anything that is causing them particular stress or worry, financial problems perhaps, this sort of information should be gathered. It would also be important to gain information on an individuals thoughts and feelings with regard to Hypnosis. Their goals and expectations with regard to treatment for example. All of this information is relevant and builds up a picture of the client and their background.
I have mentioned that it is important to gain information regarding a clients past and present medical history. Looking at this in more depth, at the initial consultation, a therapist should be looking specifically for physical, psychological or psychiatric issues/illnesses, past or present that could present problematic in treatment. It may be that a client does not offer you this information freely and that it is gained by clever use of questioning. It may also be that, as the therapist, you are simply not happy to continue with a particular client for a number of reasons until you have had contact with their Doctor. You can ask for your clients permission to speak with their Doctor and have access to their medical records, explaining it is necessary for their treatment to continue . In the event that they are attempting to hide information from you, this request will most probably be denied and treatment cannot continue on this basis.
A therapist can also use the initial consultation in other ways. It gives us an opportunity to understand the full extent of what our client is expecting from the therapy. This understanding allows us to then make a judgement on whether we believe it is within out professional competence and capability to successfully treat the client. If it is not then the client should be informed of this and perhaps referred to another professional.
The time that you spend with your clients in the initial consultation allows you to not only gain important information from them but also to begin to build up a rapport with them. The rapport that you form with individual clients at the beginning of their treatment will support your work with them. The depth of trance that a client is able to reach during therapy depends very much on the individual, however we can support them by using personalised screeds and by allowing them time. Clients will need some practise before they can reach the deepest trance they can achieve. The rapport that you build with your clients during their first sessions will be important here.
From what I have read, and as I understand it, to truly treat our clients and help them achieve their goals we need to successfully bypass the Conscious Critical Faculty or CCF and replace old information and beliefs with...