In this essay I will describe and discuss what takes place during the meeting and explain some of the ethical issues that may face the Therapist The consultation should last for about 30 minutes. The Therapist will use this time to gain information about the client. In turn it gives the client the opportunity to assess for themselves, whether working with the Therapist will be beneficial for them. The initial consultation can be offered for free by the Therapist, but of course that is a matter of choice. If a Therapist decides that they do not wish to give this 30 minutes as free, they need to be aware that, if they are unable to assist the client further and need to refer them on to a Therapist more able to help, the client may feel that they have been unjustly charged for a service they have not received.
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.
But before the therapist can decide the correct route to therapy it is necessary for them to conduct an assessment of the client during the first consultation. They 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. There should be a contract between the client and therapist outlining the estimated number of therapy sessions needed, what will be involved and the therapist must complete the therapy as soon as they believe the client has overcome the problem they have consulted the therapist about. It is important that the relationship between client and therapist never oversteps the boundaries of a professional relationship, it is necessary to build a relationship with a client but this relationship may never become anything else, if at any time the therapist suspects the relationship is becoming anything but client and therapist, they must end any treatment and refer the client to another therapist. A therapist can also use the initial assessment to make sure they do not already know the person they are about to treat, this is called a dual relationship.
As well as the initial consultation providing an assessment forum for the therapist, it should be remembered that the client will also make judgements relating to the therapist. How the client feels during the first consultation is likely to affect how he / she will respond to hypnotherapy. The way the therapist presents him / herself will create a first impression for the client who may be feeling apprehensive or nervous, especially if they know little about hypnotherapy and what to expect. A calm, professional environment will assist with making a good first impression with appropriate décor and furnishings. Muted, neutral colour schemes in the therapy room are least likely to ‘anchor’ the client to any previous negative associations regarding strong colours and should hopefully not provoke strong feelings or distraction in the client.
For the hypnotherapist the initial consultation is all about gathering information, exploring the client’s history and most importantly deciding on an ethical level ‘can I treat this person?’ So let’s take a look at each aspect of what the initial consultation entails and how each in turn takes place within the first meeting. The Initial Contact between the Hypnotherapist and the Client. Meeting someone for the first time in a therapeutic setting can be daunting for some, so it is the hypnotherapist’s responsibility to ensure that the client feels at ease at the very first point of contact. I feel also by congratulating them for seeking treatment in the first place sets the conversation on a positive note. The client needs to feel that they are dealing with a professional and that they are interested in what they have to say and accepting of their situation, but also important that they feel they can trust in the abilities of the hypnotherapist and that the treatment shall be kept confidential.
It allows the therapist to meet the client face to face to assess their own suitability for the therapy based on the following information that will be sort and to determine if they have the skills and expertise to work with the client. also for the client to see if they can receive the therapy from their chosen therapist. You can start with a free chat consultation face to face, which lasts around 15 to 20 minutes, where the therapist can explain what hypnotherapy is and what the client is looking for in hypnotherapy and what they hope to achieve from it. Also the structure of hypnotherapy,
First impressions will be formed during the initial conversation between the two. It is where the client can talk about themselves, but can also learn about the hypnotherapist, thereby leading both parties to decide whether counselling and hypnotherapy is the right course of action. It must be noted, that for the purpose of this essay the topics discussed are listed in a regimented order. However, in practice the conversation would be much more fluid, and as long as all the relevant information was gathered and discussed, it would not matter in which order these factors were covered. A vast amount of information must be gathered during this meeting, as well as other matters such as housekeeping (fire exits etc) and other safety issues covered.
The first consultation can be free and last up to 30 minutes. The consultation can give the client a chance to ask questions, find out more about Hypnotherapy and decide whether these solutions focused approaches are right for them. There will be an opportunity to talk about the issues they want to address in complete confidence and also to use the time to discuss any fears, phobias, anxiety, and stress. This is also the place where you would build rapport and look at modalities,
As a senior carer it is important for me to communicate effectively because I am dealing with different types of people with different needs. Even if I am listening carefully in the handover I am not sure if I get it right and understand what she just said so what I did is I repeated it back to her just to clarify things and to avoid misunderstandings. I let the speaker finish first before interrupting and asking questions. Actually, even if we are doing handover/ oral reporting we are also writing it accurately and in detailed in every residents file and in the handover book for documentation purposes. I am also checking the medication chart just to make sure that
1.1 “Duty of Care” is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual or group requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care to prevent harm to others 1.2 I am affected by a duty of care which requires me to (amongst other things) ensure that I • do not permit any residents to come to harm through my acts or omissions. • report any reasonably held suspicion of mal practice. • take all reasonable steps to provide the best care I am capable of to resident. 2.1 Dilemas are most commonly experienced around personal hygiene issues, residents may elect to refuse to take a bath/show and if they are deemed to have capacity then it is their right to do so. However if a resident is in dire need of a bath, perhaps due to issues regarding incontinence, then there is a duty of care upon me to ensure the resident is washed and changed.