Jesse M. PIERRE
Understand the importance of initial consultation.
3.1.1 Describe the role of the notation form.
The establishment of a rapport is one of the most important objectives of the consultation and the success of the therapy will depend upon it. The consultation begins from the moment the therapist has got the first contact with the client, This may begin by means of a phone call or email exchange or face-to-face conversation. The hypnotherapist may charge or advise a free 30 minutes initial consultation, in any case this will be made clear to the client at the time of the booking.
Prior to engage in the initial consultation process, there are basic requirements which will influence the client`s ability to express him/herself and impact the client`s perception towards the therapist. These aspects have to do with the environment setting to receive the client. A cosy and comfortable environment will improve a feeling of comfort within the client. Confidentiality and privacy to provide the client with peace of mind during the session. Noise control to ensure that communication will go without interruption. These features are made to encourage the client to feel more at ease and help engaging in a formal relationship with the therapist.
The initial consultation is equally important for the therapist as well as for the client.
There will be a mutual exchange between the therapist and the client. The therapist has got the opportunity to introduce him/herself as self-confident and professional, not only dressed in smart clothing but display a professional attitude. Also good communication skills whether body language, posture or speech that will instil a feeling of confidence and trust within the client, which could later be intensified. Upon making a positive impression the first time will result in creating a good connection with the client.
The therapist will gather information about the potential client, explain the purpose of hypnotherapy, what it is and what it isn`t. What he can benefit from it and answers any question or talk about reservations the client may have. The more the client understands, the more confidence they will have in the hypnotic process. “Reassuring the client for their safety will be receptive to a good working relationship (Hadley and Staudacher 2001”). This is the good time for the hypnotherapist to build rapport and connect with the client.
In order for the therapist to build an important relationship with the client, the client needs to feel respected, heard and understood. During the consultation the therapist will assess their modalities get to know the client, find out about their problems. The more the hypnotherapist knows about the client the better it will be to uncover the best route of therapy for the client, making it as individual as they are.
The therapist will ask questions such as:
*The full name of the client and the name by which they like to be called.
*Their contact details; address and phone number (mobile and/or landline) It`s important to ask the client if it is acceptable to leave message on their phone in the even the client keeps his/her therapy sessions private from his/her family.
*What is their occupation.
*The name of their G.P.
*Any family medical history.
*Medical history including current health problems and any medication the client is currently taking, which the therapist will check on the BNF to make sure what the medication are prescribed for.
*If they have had hypnotherapy or counselling before.
*Their expectation for coming to therapy and any reservation they may have.
During the session the therapist will conduct an assessment to get to know the client, and possibly ran a test to find out if the individual is a good subject to hypnosis. As people vary widely in their ability to respond to hypnotic suggestions, a trait which can be measured by standardized scales. But it isn’t well understood what causes the varying levels of “hypnotisability” or their significance (apa.org/monitor/2011)
*Likes and dislikes or fears/phobias, known to the individual.
*The client`s goal of therapy,
It is important that the therapist remains honest with the client`s expectations, he/she should let the client know if the treatment result they are seeking is realistic and reachable with hypnotherapy.
3.1.2 Explain the role of the Conscious Critical Faculty.
The Conscious Critical Faculty (CCF) is the internal filter that human use to explain how all things are operate in the world based on everything that we have learnt whether wrongly or righty since birth, it is compare to an automatic sensor that lays between the conscious and the subconscious parts of the mind. The CCF is the part of the human being that helps us to get through life by giving us the certainty that the grass is green, water is wet, and a lion is a dangerous animal. It filters every bit of information that passes in the mind. “It works as a survival tool for human by gearing us up to face any fight or flight response to various situations” (Walter Bradford Cannon. 1915).
Human interpret the world through the CCF which operate like a database. Depending on our beliefs we accept or reject information according of our view of the world. Everything that we experienced is register and added to this database and will come out later to be checked again on due time.
Unfortunately, in our CCF can also be engraved damaging views or ideas from others about ourselves or situations, which can affect our self-image and/ or self-confidence. For example, during childhood a child can be the victim of an adult`s unhealthy comments, such as he/she is unattractive or stupide. Once these ideas have grown in the child subconscious, it becomes difficult to remove them when he/she becomes an adult.
This can have a terrible impact on the individual`s confidence and opportunities in his/her adult life. An individual who grew up with negative thoughts about themselves like he/she is incompetent, and he/she is holding on to these negative beliefs, he/she will struggle to accept themselves even though they are given evidence of the contrary (such as their partner finding them very attractive/ or intelligent). “The CCF is a part of our fundamental belief system and it seeks to maintain its integrity by rejecting new ideas and suggestions, even if the conscious mind believes they are positive and worthwhile” (selfhypnosis.com)
Hypnosis allows a hypnotherapist to bypass the conscious critical faculty and remove the fears, the beliefs and phobias of the past, directly from the client subconscious mind. With direct hypnotic suggestions to implant new ideas and way of thinking in the subconscious mind, the client will then be able to see the world from a completely new direction. The alters state of the client would have been removed and the client will be able to live a much better and improved life without the haunting negative thoughts of the past and with a new belief system.