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


Why is the initial consultation important?

In this essay I will discuss the pros and cons of the initial consultation from the Therapist and Client perspective and whether it is essential to offer an initial consultation to clients coming for therapy. First of all I will describe what an initial consultation is and involves.

The initial consultation is held at the therapists place of work, this could be in a practice or even a designated confidential room in a therapists home.   It is an opportunity for the client to meet with the therapist before the start of therapy to discuss and agree on the initial focus of work to be undertaken. It will allow the therapist and client to decide if the therapy is to be short or long term, depending on the goals that are to be set. It allows the client and therapist to agree when to review the work that has been done so far and to also decide when the therapy would come to an end.

It gives the therapist an opportunity to establish a rapport with the client and to put them at ease.   Clients coming for therapy may have never done so before so a first meeting will give them a chance to ask any questions they may have before making a commitment. The client will need to feel safe, respected and listened to by the therapist.   The therapist should also be able to empathise with the client. The therapist will be able to gain a lot of information about the client through observing clues given by the clients non verbal language.

If the client is coming to the therapist for Hypnotherapy, the initial consultation is the ideal time to put the client at ease and explain Hypnotherapy techniques, and also any misunderstandings the client   may have about Hypnotherapy.   To also help the client further, the Hypnotherapist could give the client a relaxation session, as a taster as to what the therapy involves. This will enable...