Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?

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In this essay I will be discussing why an initial consultation in hypnotherapy is so important. I will be talking about the questions a hypnotherapist should ask their client and the ethical factors and contraindications the therapist should be looking out for. Whether a person is aiming to improve their self-esteem or reduce their anxiety the hypnotherapist will need to understand the client before proceeding with the therapy. I will show that an initial consultation is always a huge must before carrying out proceeding sessions on a client but there are also cons on regards to the factors that the therapist may face.

The initial consultation begins from the very first time you have contact with a client from either the initial contact or the first time an enquiry is made via a phone call or email. The purpose of the consultation is many faceted. It is the time for a therapist to explain what hypnosis is to the client and answer any questions that may arise. It gives the therapist an opportunity to establish a rapport with the client, gain them confidence and assist the client to perform several simple exercises to put them at ease. The establishment of rapport is amongst the most important objectives of the consultation and many believe that the success of the therapy depends upon it. In order to build the all important relationship the client needs to feel respected, heard, understood and liked by the therapist which is why it's important for the therapist to remain professional at all times. The therapist may advertise a free initial consultation, if they do, it should be made clear that only the first half hour is free, then if both the client and therapist are happy to continue, the client must then pay for the therapists time. This can be considered a con to some as the therapist is giving away their free time and the client may lose confidence and then never come back again. However, as stated previously it is important to build up rapport so the...
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