The First Meeting Between Patients And Clinicians

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Clinical interviews are developed in the first meeting between patients and clinicians, (Class Lecture, 2/3/16). They facilitate the communication between clinicians and patients, and also help to develop a trusted relationship between them. On February 16, 2016, I received Caroline Thompson at my office. She was looking for help for her sleeping problems. My first impression about Caroline was very good. She was well dressed and she could communicate very accurate all the symptoms she has been facing for a long time. Her speech was coherent, she spoke in a nice and low tone. However, I noticed that she was almost the time fidgeting her hands. Then, I realized that she was very anxious. So, it might be me my goal to discover what was happening with Caroline. In the first part of our interview, I introduced myself and let Caroline know that I was competent for the services that I will provide for her. I also explained her that I had a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology and that I have received the correct training to offer clinical therapies. Then, I read her the Inform Consent and explained the limits of confidentiality which are mandated for the American Psychological Association (APA). After I finished reading, I asked if she had understood everything, or if she had any question. Inform’s consent description must be a collaborative process between clinicians and patients, (Class Lecture, 2/3/16). So, it is very important to provide time for patients make some questions. Moreover, I explained Caroline that it was my responsibility to keep confidentiality about her personal information and about our therapy sessions. However, in some cases that are mandated by law, I am required to provide some information about her and abou... ... middle of paper ... ...c problems, and if I used alcohol or drugs. At the end of our therapy session, Brittany summarized all the topics we had covered in our interview to help me consolidate and link my ideas (Class Lecture, 2/5/16). She also recommended me to make exercises and do meditation at least two times a day. She also asked me to come back in two weeks for our next therapy session. I can conclude that I felt comfortable explaining Brittany all the symptoms I have been facing for a long time. She was almost the time paying attention to my words, and when she did not understood something, she made questions to clarify her ideas. I think that Brittany will help me to deal with my symptoms, and I will get better soon. References Gallagher, M. (Spring 2016). Introduction to Clinical Psychology class lecture notes. Lecture conducted at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
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