“ Why the initial consultation is so important?
What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?”
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A consultation normally consist of a meeting between the practitioner and a new client and will involve the filling in of a consultation form. A consultation will last for around 30mins. Some practitioners may charge for an initial consultation others choose not to.
It is a really good way of getting to know more about a potential client. It is an opportunity to explain about the treatment and answer any questions the client may have.
An initial meeting is a very good way of helping both the client and the practitioner decide if they will get on. A strong personality clash my well get in the way of progress during treatment. This assessment is normally made by both the client and the practitioner with in the first few minutes of meeting. It is completely natural for most people to use their own judgment, intuition or awareness to see, sense or feel if they will be able to get on. It is instinctual and happens when we meet people for the first time in all sorts of situation. An initial consultation facilitates the space for this.
There are a number of things a practitioner needs to be aware of if there is a strong negative reaction to a potential client and must be willing to examine their own prejudices or judgments.
This is referred to in and is a requirement of the National Hypnotherapy Society – Code of Ethics – Delivery of service 2013*
2. Have a fully developed, professional awareness of diversity and specifically not permit considerations of religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, politics or social standing to adversely influence client treatment.
Both the practitioner and the client are then able to use the rest of the consultation to clarify a number of things. For example - to find out why the client has come for treatment, to explain to the client what hypnotherapy is, what to expect, what type of approach would be best for them, to find out if they have had treatment before, if the clients issue is treatable by the practitioner, what has helped before or not, how many sessions are they likely to require, how much the sessions are, cancellation charges and contracts among other things.
An initial consultation and the filling in of a consultation form is important because it will safeguard both the client and the practitioner.
The information gathered about a potential client will inform the practitioner of a number of things. The practitioner is able to find out how much the client knows about hypnotherapy as a treatment. If there is little or no understanding then this is the perfect time in which to explain about hypnotherapy to the client. Informing the client and helping them to understand the process will set the clients mind at ease, give them reassurance and they will start to feel confident in the abilities of the hypnotherapist and the method. When clients are informed and able to learn and understand through a good explanation, this is actually empowering for the client and for this reason they are more likely to engage with the treatment. It can put a skeptical mind to bed. Any fears or prejudgments about hypnotherapy can be laid to rest as the myths are blown out of the water.
The practitioner can find out what the client has come for and more intimate questions about family, childhood and partners can help build a bigger picture for the practitioner to work with.
Just listening to how the client talks and answers questions will give information about what approach would be best to use when creating a screed for a client. The client will give away clues as to how they use their senses to relate to reality. Clients will be predominantly either kinaesthetic ( feeling ) , auditory ( hearing ), visual ( sight ) or a mixture of them. All of these things can be assessed through out the...
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