Why Is the Initial Consultation so Important ? What Factors Will an Ethical Therapist Cover at This Time ?

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Module Three, 2,167 words “Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time? In our everyday life, communication is very important either verbally or non-verbally. We build trust and rapport when we communicate in any form of relationship either casual or meaningful we can learn a lot about each other just by talking and listening. We are then very used to communicating with gestures as well as words and in the case of hypnosis, we are in a position that words will have to suffice. In order for our words to achieve the best results possible, we must work closely with our clients on their likes and dislikes, as well as their personality to gain trust and to assist them in reaching a suitable state of hypnosis for the work that we are doing together. But for all these to happen, we need to familiarise ourselves with our client by meeting them face-to-face in an initial consultation. This initial consultation is an important tool used in the planning of a client’s therapy and it has to be conducted before any planned therapy. The therapy can then be based on the client’s background and what the therapist has observed during this consultation. There is the need to understand what the client’s expectations are from the therapy, which allows us to make a judgement on whether we believe it is within our professional competence and capability to successfully treat the client. If this is not the case the client has to be referred on to another professional. The therapist needs to check that they are not connected to the client in any way; this is referred to as “dual relationship”. Dual relationship is when the therapist has two or more kinds of relationship concurrently with a client, i.e. client and trainee, friend and client, colleague and supervisee. The existence of a dual relationship with a client is
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