Reasons For The Initial Consultation
Healing is a process, a movement and work toward wholeness. Regular Reiki healing treatments promote the consistent and unlocked flow of energy throughout the body.
An initial consultation is the first of stage of a healing process and generally includes a discussion of the reasons as to why the client is seeking Reiki treatments and what he is hoping to obtain from the experience. It allows initiating a collaborative relationship between the client and the Reiki Practitioner.
The initial consultation provides an opportunity to:
– Gauge whether Reiki practitioner and client are likely to be able to work with the other successfully.
– Find out whether the needs, interests, and goals of the client fit with the skills of the Reiki practitioner.
– Clarify about the limits of confidentiality, Reiki approach, and other terms of professional services.
– Discuss the information the client may have provided in the intake form and explore the client’s current concerns and needs.
– Explore with the client what a healing process is, and that it may involve a number of follow-up treatments (treatment plan). The number of follow-up treatments may depend on what is being treated. More serious health concerns may require a course of weekly treatments.
– Explain fully all the procedures involved in the treatment plan, including such matters as client records, likely content, length and number of follow-up treatments, fees, etc.
– Seek the client’s consent, either verbally or in writing.
Consent to treatment means a person must give permission before they receive any type of medical treatment, test or examination. Reiki practitioners are not an exception, so they also have to seek consent from their clients.
The principle of consent is an important part of medical ethics and international human rights law. For consent to be valid, it must be voluntary and informed, and the person consenting must have the capacity to make the decision.
Reiki practitioners have a duty to keep all information relating to attendance and client records entirely confidential. Confidential information can be disclosed without prior consent to prevent serious harm or death to others.
Confidential information cannot be disclosed to a third party, or to any member of the client’s own family, without the client’s consent, unless it is required by the law.
What Happens In the Initial Consultation
The Reiki practitioner explores with the client a series of questions which include:
– Personal details.
– Review of the client’s medical history. Factors such as: current and/or long-term health issues, medication being taken, allergies, skin conditions.
– Emergency contact.
– Reasons for the client seeking help.
– A discussion about desirable outcomes and expectations.
Reiki practitioners must always seek permission from the clients before offering hands-on treatments.
An energy assessment needs to be carried out, in order to find out where the weaknesses are in the energy field and in chakra system. This can be done by employing techniques such as the Byosen scan, Reiji-ho, etc.
At the end of the initial consultation, a baseline assessment can be provided to the client by the Reiki practitioner.
Based on the findings of the baseline assessment, a treatment plan can then be discussed with the client.
Giancarlo Serra works as a Complementary Health Practitioner – Reiki and Healing. He offers 1-2-1 consultations and Reiki training, both in person and online.