First Meeting: Initial Consultation

Several people I’ve seen for the first time during an initial consultation arrive having been over my website thoroughly. Having been over the website in detail, these people have already made up their minds that they wish to proceed with therapy and the initial consultation is a means to have an informal discussion and make an appointment. In these situations, during the initial consultation it’s still important for me to convey a caring, compassionate and knowledgeable personality.

Many other people arrive for a first meeting with little or no knowledge of hypnotherapy and may have either not visited my website or investigated without going into detail. For these people I must still convey a caring and compassionate personality, but I also need to actively listen to their concerns, explain hypnotherapy, explain how it works and how sessions are conducted. Having accomplished all of this without looking at the clock, almost invariably the potential client becomes an actual client. That first meeting, the initial consultation is therefore vitally important.

Dependance

Dependance

Among the many people I’ve helped over the last seven years, the people who are the most challenging, and very much in need of therapy, are those who are or have been drug dependant. For these people, arriving in my office for an initial consultation becomes a gesture of courage on their part and and act of confession.
To help people who are drug dependant, a high level of trust be established. I don’t view drug dependance as a form of moral failure, but I see these people suffering for reasons that are seldom obvious. The drug dependance is approached as a symptom, a symptom of emotional trauma endured in the past. Without being trite I believe happy people don’t become drug dependant. Once therapy goes forward, there is often little discussion of the drug dependancy itself, but a lengthy exploration of the ongoing and underlying emotional issues that initiate and sustain drug dependance.

Men and Medicine

Recently, I’ve been helping men in their 20s. Many arrive for an initial consultation without the preconceptions or misconceptions of men their fathers age. Still, these young men have been to see their GPs for issues with physical symptoms, but the symptoms are emotional and psychological in origin. Young men, appearing otherwise healthy in their GPs surgery, can’t be helped but are given well intentioned advice to quit smoking or lose some weight. The advice certainly does no harm, but doesn’t address the specific symptoms. The symptoms can include dread, anxiety, panic attacks, sleeplessness or sexual dysfunction.
I’m seldom the first port of call for young men or men in general. I reassure them the their GPs advice is still good advice, but difference is that a doctor’s sphere of influence is flesh and bones, my sphere of influence is emotions, feelings and every symptom that arises from emotions and feelings. Your GP helps you care for flesh and bones, I help care for the soul.