“Why Is the Initial Consultation so Important? What Factors Will an Ethical Therapist Cover at This Time?”

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Introduction

The initial consultation with the client, before therapy is probably the most important part of the whole procedure as this will form the basis of the therapy. It is very important for the therapist to begin gathering information on a client from the moment they first walk through the door. The correct steps that need to be taken in order to make the therapy a success can begin to be formed from that point on. On the other side of the fence it is equally important for the client to make a positive connection with the therapist. It is very important for the therapist to instil a feeling of confidence and trust that can then be built upon and intensified. As we have learnt in previous modules, all people are individual, and that there is no prescribed ‘one size fits all’ induction and therapy. Therefore all that can be learnt initially is of great importance. The first consultation’s goal is to uncover the best route of therapy for the client making it as individual as they are. This essay will attempt to describe how the first consultation can pick out the best route of therapy for a client because from the moment we are born our subconscious starts to store the knowledge that we need for survival. When a client comes to us we must try to find out the learnt information that has been stored in their subconscious so that we can retrain the part that has gone wrong.

Why is the initial consultation so important?

To understand why the initial consultation is so important we need to look back at how the conscious and subconscious minds work for us. When we are born our experiences are a blank page. We have genetic information from our biological parents and our functional instincts which are etched into our subconscious but we have not yet gathered any information for our ‘belief system’. We are gathering information that is transferred into our subconscious minds up until the age of 5. This then becomes our belief system. For example the conscious mind operates whilst we are learning something new, and from the moment we are born it starts to store information. We have all watched a baby learning to walk and it is clearly visible that it takes a lot of concentration to learn those first few steps. However, we are all aware that once we have learnt this action it no longer requires concentration. It would take us a long time to do anything if we had to think about putting one foot in front of the other first! Once the information has been learnt through our conscious mind it is then transferred to our subconscious mind which becomes our filing cabinet for everything we learn. Our subconscious mind is in charge of our survival and it looks after us all day every day and will nearly always win over the conscious mind.

The subconscious mind is very powerful, it takes up ten/elevenths of our total mind, it stores all the information it is given, it controls our involuntary processes including fight and flight response, it can’t deal with negatives, it doesn’t reason about the information it has stored, we can only change the information it has stored as long as the new information appears to be beneficial. Our conscious mind can reason with the information it’s given and make comparisons, however the subconscious will decide the best action for our survival and to reduce anxiety and will more often than not win. The traffic between the two minds is referred to as the Conscious Critical Faculty, CCF, and it decides whether something is new information to be stored or old information already stored. As time goes by we have more and more information from experiences stored, primarily to safeguard us and this is the ‘belief system’. The information that has been stored in our subconscious mind is the basis for many of the symptoms presented by a client or in anyone for that matter. Our belief system can be split into two sections,...
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