Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?
Maggie Romain-CHELM1A 13
In this essay I am going to look at the importance and purpose of the initial consultation between the client and the therapist and what happens during this preliminary session. I will also cover the ethical definitions that will need to be explored and established, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both the client and therapist. Hypnotherapy refers to an “interaction between two people, one of whom is identified as the hypnotist, the other as the subject” (Heap and Naish) The relationship between these two is paramount in ensuring the success of the follow on hypnotic sessions and the hypnotist and subject have to develop a good rapport and feelings of mutual trust, respect and warmth for the sessions to be fruitful. In many situations in business, social and medical fields, the first meeting of two people is the most crucial and impression forming, as the first information gathering you assimilate about a person can be hugely impressionable. You will both be highly attuned to the information you gather at this first meeting whether that be physical, visual, verbal or otherwise, as the outcome of the meeting will determine whether the client or therapist will want to continue the sessions and further develop the therapeutic relationship. The initial consultation is, in effect, the preparation and groundwork stage,
” Preparing the soil for the planting of new growth “.
The client would have already contacted their potential therapist, to book the initial consultation, usually by telephone or email, so very basic information may already have been ascertained. This would probably only be the clients name, basic contact details and maybe their reason for seeking hypnotherapy. An initial...
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