“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?

An initial consultation is ideally the first face to face meeting of the patient and therapist; it can vary in length but would usually last around half an hour. It is a fact finding exercise for both parties, it allows the patient to ask questions and the therapist to gather any relevant information to better evaluate the patient. Hypnotherapy is essentially described as an “interaction between two people, one who is defined as the hypnotist, the other the subject” (Heap, Dryden). An initial consultation allows both parties to get a “feel” for the relationship as hypnotherapy is heavily reliant on the relationship between the
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By giving a full explanation during the initial consultation you help reduce the patients nerves and anxieties, these need to be resolved if the patient is going to involve themselves effectively and willingly into the process of hypnosis. Not only does it allow for the client to ask questions regarding hypnosis and the process it also allows the practical questions to be asked, such as length of treatment, cost, confidentiality agreement etc. This ensure realistic boundaries and expectations are put in to place right from the start of the treatment process again helping put to rest any anxieties. It also ensures both parties are aware from the start the cost and length of treatment so that there is no malicious intent, checking that the therapist is always working ethically.
We now understand why the initial consultation is so important from a patient point of view but what do the therapists gain from it? They too need to feel comfortable with the relationship to be able to treat the patient effectively, but the initial consultation allows the therapists to gain information about the patient. It means they can conduct a notation form that will contain information about medical history their own and families. Information such as GP name and address can also be obtained during the consultation. It is important that this information is found out as it allows the therapist to discover the patients’ suitability to their expertise. It means that if the patient is