The Initial Consultation in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

As solution Focused Hypnotherapists, we adhere to a format which remains, in the main, consistent throughout all the sessions that we have with our clients. Initially, after building rapport with inconsequential language, we gather information on the client using an information gathering form.

This then gives us an understanding of what the client would like us to help with and any other issues that they may experience. Armed with this, we present “How the Brain Works” making it relevant to the issues the client may be experiencing.

We draw out information on how we can help and what are the client’s goal or goals if therapy is successful. This is vital as we have a starting point and an instant miracle question/ scaling conversation when we see the client at the next session.

It is far too easy to assume that clients understand what we are saying, regular checks should be made to make sure that the language we are using is easy to understand and what we are saying is relevant. We should ask questions, for example “does that make sense” or “does that sound familiar to you” we should look out for body language, the client may nod, smile or show emotion at a particular section of the Initial consultation, they may even offer suggestions to the similarity to themselves during the presentation.

We must be fully aware of the client’s manner when they arrive at our practice. They may be extremely nervous, reserved, anxious or resistant to therapy. Our manner in return needs to be positive and we need to concentrate on building rapport, which will solidify the working relationship and build confidence in the client moving forward. The initial consultation is perfect for overcoming the initial barriers, as it is focused on the symptoms of the client and allows them to see what we can do and how positive we are in helping them.  We use verbal and non-verbal communication, we can mirror the client’s language and behaviours to allow them to feel we are just like them. The use of small talk to move away from problem talk will move the client from the fight or flight part of the brain, to the intellectual part, where they can make a rational decision of their future working relationship with the therapist. 

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