Student Name: Deborah Hopper Course Code: READI1A 13 Course Tutor: Amreeta Chapman Word Count: 2,173 Essay Title: “Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time? “Therapists of any kind are in a powerful position” (Heap and Dryden:1991) due to the fact that anyone seeking help will already be in a vulnerable place. It is up to the therapist to ‘help’ that individual and yet protect themselves. Therefore, it is essential for any professional therapist to ensure that they follow a safe and recognised protocol for the protection of all involved.
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. Similar chairs for both therapist and client at the first meeting will help the client to feel ‘on a level’ with the therapist, comfortable and hopefully at ease! A therapist dressed in smart / casual clothing will hopefully help to instil confidence and an air of professionalism without intimidation for the client. Similar, neutral coloured
Why is the Initial Consultation so Important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time? The initial Consultation is important because it will give a chance for the hypnotherapist to meet the client face to face, and look for indications of the physical condition which may underline a substantial psychological problem. There is a vast amount of information to obtain on the patient in question. This information will aid the hypnotherapist in building a rapport with the patient; also allow a connection trust to be formed.
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.
ESSAY Building rapport is often considered one of the most important aspects of a hypnotherapists work, discuss Building rapport with your client begins the instant you meet them. We all know about first impressions and how they shape what someone thinks about us but in terms of a therapist/client relationship there are no second chances at the first impression. If you are to successfully build rapport between you and your client then you must be aware of and address any initial obstacles that could hinder the rapport building process, for example the therapist must ask themselves questions such as ‘’am I dressed appropriately?” If the therapist is dressed in a sharp black suit for instance, then this would portray power (we have all come across the term ‘power dressing’) and the client would feel immediately intimidated. To facilitate the building of rapport the therapist’s aim would be to make the client feel equal. In the same respect, how we conduct ourselves as therapist is also key to this.
Word Count: 2197 Why Is the Initial Consultation so Important? The Initial consultation is so important because it is the most effective platform for communication and trust to be gained between practitioner and client. This ensures that the client has the best chance of having a successful outcome to the treatment they will receive. The relationship between a client and a hypnotherapist starts from the first moment of contact, the environment that they meet, and the conversation that follows all play a vital role in helping the client to feel confident that they can trust the hypnotherapist and feel positive in how they can be helped. 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.
They may have certain preconceptions of hypnotism from how it is often portrayed in the media and for entertainment purposes etc and so the initial consultation enables the therapist to walk the client through the processes involved in hypnotherapy and to explain how it can help the client and hopefully alleviate any fears that the client may have so that the client feels comfortable and safe (Allen P Roger 2004).. The initial consultation will also set out the foundations of the relationship between the client and therapist that is hopefully based on trust and understanding so that the client and the therapist both achieve the best results from the therapy (Allen P Roger 2004). During the initial consultation it is important that the client feels comfortable and calm and often the consultation room plays a role in how the client will feel during
Why is the initial consultation so Important? Barbara Seal July 2012-08-13 Word Count 1944 For me the initial consultation is probably one of the most important steps to ensuring that the client has the best chance of having a successful outcome to the treatment that they are given. When we meet someone for the first time especially when we are looking for support within a professional setting, our first impressions are going to be made in a very short space of time. The Hypnotherapist the environment and the conversation that follows all play an important role in helping the client to feel confident that they can trust the Hypnotherapist and the treatment that they are going to receive is going to be positive. For the Hypnotherapist the Initial consultation is really about gathering Information, exploring the client’s history and really deciding ‘can I treat this person?’ So let’s take a look at each aspect of the initial consultation and the how each in term plays itself within this first meeting.
Secondly, the therapist and client forge what is called the Therapeutic Alliance, an agreement on the desired outcome and how they will work in partnership to overcome it. Costs, expected number of sessions and likelihood of a positive outcome will often also be discussed.”(Code of Ethics) Why is the initial consultation so important? This first meeting between therapist and client is probably the most crucial meeting of the
Whether this is more effective and produces better results is a question open to debate. During a hypnotherapy session it is key that the client feels relaxed and comfortable, and the therapist needs to enable the client to have confidence in the process. Heap describes hypnosis as an ‘interaction between two people’ and also goes on to suggest ‘ therapists’ actions and communications should contribute to the creation of appropriate expectations, thus maximising the patients receptivity to suggestion’ (Heap, 2010, pg.2). A trusting relationship between therapist and patient is important to understand the client and their needs to resolve the issues they have sought your expertise. When undergoing hypnosis, an induction is required to ensure that the subject is sufficiently relaxed to experience the process fully.