WHY IS THE INITIAL CONSULTATION SO IMPORTANT? WHAT FACTORS WILL AN ETHICAL THERAPIST COVER AT THIS TIME?
“Sometimes you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.” Y Woon
The initial consultation before therapy is one of the most important parts of the whole procedure, as this will form the basis of therapy.
This Essay is written to address some of the ethical issues which may arise at the time of the initial consultation. It is the most important meeting and these issues addressed should be of benefit to both parties. I will, in this essay, discuss and explain what should happen during the meeting and highlight some of the ethical issues. This initial meeting is also to ascertain personal circumstance and the communication and understanding between client and therapist.
The initial consultation is to find out why the client feels he/she needs therapy and to establish a rapport. As it is the first meeting it is good to determine the continuing relationship which will progress during the therapy. When a therapist first meets with a new client it’s necessary to establish several things in order to know whether they can work together. These include background and personal circumstances of the client, previous experiences (if any) of therapy, medical and psychiatric history and very importantly, why they are seeking therapy.
From the therapist side of things it is a means of assessing whether he/ she is going to offer effective support and be of use to the client. As an example; this may not be an issue that is suitable for hypnotherapy at all or unlikely to be beneficial to the client. Also, the therapist will need to be satisfied that their skills are sufficient or appropriate for this particular procedure or whether the correct course of action would be to decline treatment at that stage or refer the client to another professional practitioner.