"Why Is the Initial Consultation so Important? What Factors Will an Ethical 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?. My aim is to fully answer both questions that are presented in the essay title. I plan to do this essay in two parts. Firstly looking at the initial consultation and then moving on and covering the ethical issues that a therapist would need to consider and cover at this time.

The initial consultation is an important tool and is used in the planning of a clients therapy. An initial consultation should be conducted with each client before they undergo any planned therapy. The reasons for this
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can use the initial consultation to gain information on an individuals negative and positive beliefs. If we have the correct information it will aid us in out treatment of clients and facilitate our success.

As you can see from what I have written above, the initial consultation is important and the information that is gained is all relevant to the treatment of our clients. During my research for this essay I also came across the idea that during an initial consultation you could test a clients susceptibility to hypnosis. This idea has mixed reviews. There are some who believe it beneficial to be able to gauge a clients susceptibility, and also believe that it increases a clients belief in what they are undertaking. There are a number of Susceptibility tests that can be used, for example, The Eye Roll Test, The Light Test or the test that we did as a group in class, The Balloon/Lead Test. If a therapist were to undertake one of these tests during an initial consultation with a client and it was successful it could indeed aid progress. However, if during an initial consultation a susceptibility test was performed and it did not work then are we not setting ourselves up to fail? The clients little confidence may be diminished or they may question the competence of you as a therapist.

A very useful tool that was perfected by Milton Erickson is Waking Hypnosis. This can be defined as 'the suggestions that are