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

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Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?
Introduction
When a client first goes to a hypnotherapy appointment, the main reason why they are there is to receive help with a problem or issue that they would like to resolve. The very first hypnotherapy consultation is important for therapists to use this time to understand the client’s needs and make sure they have the best plan of action to help the client achieve their goal. In this essay I will discuss what is to be expected in an initial consultation appointment and the ethical elements the therapist will have to cover to ensure the first consultation (and possible subsequent consultations) are successful.
When a client
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This is why it is important for both the client and the therapist to be open and honest with each other from the very start when discussing the initial problems/issues.
In these beginning stages of the therapy session, it could be an opportunity before asking any specific problem-related questions with the client, to discuss confidentiality. The therapist may need to take notes in the initial consultation and will need to advise the client that any notes taken will be confidential. These notes could be important in helping the therapist recall information and it would be helpful to include some finer points (of any notes made) into the initial screed to make the hypnotherapy session more personalised. (i.e. Grandmother wants to stop smoking and says she wants to stop for her grandkids – this could be used in the screeds as a powerful suggestive tool). This time could also be used to advise the client how many sessions approximately the client will have to do for achieving the goal (or problem) the client has originally seen them for (i.e. a weight loss session may require more than one consultation. It can also be an opportunity to advise the client of any free consultations the therapist is prepared to give.)
In this first session, and using the initial consultation notation form that the client has filled in previously as a base, the therapist will now begin to ask more specific questions relating to the client’s
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