In this paper, I will be looking at the purpose of the initial consultation meeting, and considering what happens during this first appointment and why it is such an important part of the client/therapist relationship. I will examine what the objectives of the first meeting are and illustrate how an ethical therapist uses this time to ensure that they have the appropriate skills to deal with the client’s issues or discuss alternatives.
Whilst the first part of the meeting is clearly an exercise in fact-finding, the most important aspect of an initial meeting is to ascertain if the client/therapist relationship will work successfully. …show more content…
The client may well still be nervous, so it may be worth explaining ‘the more I can understand of your medical history, family life and expectations the more likely it is that I can tailor the experience to give you the maximum benefit’. Listed below are a list of questions and comments around why we need to know this information:
What understanding have you of Hypnotherapy, what previous experience do you have of it?
This is a great opportunity to understand prior experience that a client has, if any. It will allow you to assess what their perception of Hypnotherapy is, what they’ve seen or read. At this point you will be able to set a clear expectation of what Hypnotherapy and what in reality they will experience with the therapist during the sessions.
What is the problem or issue that you would like to deal with and …show more content…
What would change and how they would feel about this. This may also help the therapist in understanding how they can shape their treatment plan or screeds. It may also help in waking hypnosis.
Are you aware of any history in your family or yourself of medical conditions, for example, blood pressure, heart issues, diabetes, allergies?
This is a similar approach to the medications question. Proceed with caution if there is history. You may need approval from their GP if they are under treatment. You may need to research the condition more. Retain the session as a consultation only.
Are you aware of any history in your family or yourself of psychological conditions. These may range from some thing as simple as Insomnia, through to Bi-Polar, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If so, what details can you give?
As above. Proceed with caution if there is history. You may need approval from their GP or need to research the condition more. Retain the session as a consultation only. Any clients who self-harm or have history (own or family) of schizophrenia must not be