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

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                    Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an Ethical
                                                            Therapist face at this time?

In this essay, I will be looking at the ethical issues that face therapists in relation to the first consultation with a client. I will also explore the process of how and why the therapist gathers any relevant information during this consultation to suit the needs of both therapist and client. I will look closely at the benefits and contra indications of having this first consultation and why it is so important for both parties that is done effectively, efficiently and more importantly, ethically.
'Ethical', by definition is 'being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession or group'. An ethical therapist working within the UK is asked to work within the code of ethics which was developed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics. These include a commitment to: Respecting human rights and dignity, Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services, Being trustworthy: honoring the trust placed in the counsellor, empathy, sincerity and respect. These are just a few ethical principles of counselling and it is imperative to know that the reason for this code of ethics to have been implemented was to safeguard both therapist and client. I will endeavor to look more closely at these ethics throughout my essay.
First contact with a client would probably consist of a brief and undetailed telephone chat. It is unlikely that any in depth details would be discussed at this stage. Therefore a consultation would be booked in order to collect relevant information about the client and their reasons for seeing a therapist. It is at this time that the therapist’s actions and...