Importance Of Consultationing

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Register to read the introduction… It is also important that the therapist checks whether the client is on any medication or not, some of which will mitigate against working with them, particularity anti-psychotic and antidepressants.

Mitigating any fears or misconception the client may have surrounding hypnotism and the therapeutic process. It is important to remember that for the majority of new clients, their only previous knowledge of hypnosis will be gleaned from television and stage shows. The main areas of concern tend toward the following:

Getting 'stuck' in a hypnotic state. The worst that can possibly happen to the client is that they fall asleep!

Divulging their innermost secrets. It is important to reassure the client that they will have full control, indeed more control using the power of their subconscious mind. The therapist cannot force them to do or say anything they do not wish to.

Hypnotists having special powers. A very common misconception. It may be helpful to more nervous clients if the therapist explains the background and science to hypnosis, explaining that it is a perfectly natural state we all enter into several times a
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We all have our own notions of personal space and boundaries. If the therapist intrudes upon that personal space, it can make the client feel defensive, uncomfortable and less likely to open up.

Empathy v Sympathy. It is highly important to understand the difference between empathy and sympathy. A good therapist should be empathic, never sympathetic. A sympathetic therapist would share the pain and distress of a client, an empathetic therapist would understand the distress of a client, but be able to evaluate and judge the basis of those feelings in a more dispassionate and professional manner.

Upon beginning the consultation itself there are an umber of factors the therapist should be taking into account. The consultation will enable them to assess whether they will actually be able to help the client and whether the client feels they can work with the therapist. We can discover whether they have had any form of therapy before and how effective it was for them.

It also gives the therapist the chance to asses important factors that will assist the therapy going forward. Things such as their family dynamics, their personal modality and our ability to build a rapport with the

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