Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?
I suspect that the primary ethical note that Chrysalis will be looking for is that of contraindicators, i.e. is hypnotherapy suitable for this person?
In the module notes there is a section somewhere on who they think we should not use hypnotherapy on, e.g. schizophrenics. I would say that pretty much everyone on their list could be questioned. However, that may be a debate for another time!
Also, on this topic, you might want to mention something about when you would require consent from a GP, etc.
The initial consultation is important - in their eyes - because it is where all the previous stuff is assessed. You also use the time to discuss any fears/questions/misconceptions regarding hypnosis. This is also the place where you would build rapport, look at modalities, induction style, discuss payment, etc.
You might also want to drop a sentence in about whether or not to offer a free initial consultation, or charge?
Realistically, the initial consultation is a place for acquiring information and exploring the client's history. It is also when you might choose to assess their learning style, modalities and so on. However, in terms of ethics, the above is essential information to remember to put in the essay. The rest of the stuff you will already know about from your previous essay on personalised inductions.