Tom called me mid-morning and said that his GP had given him my number and asked if he could book an appointment to come and see me. I said that there would be no problem at all however was he able to spare about 10-15minutes now to give me some background information ( I have a pad and pen on my desk at all times so was able to take notes relating to specific information, presenting condition, Tom’s primary modality, does he predominantly process information by seeing – visual / hearing – auditory / feeling – kinaesthetic / smell – olfactory / taste – gustatory, his tone, pace, mood and if it changed and why and anything else I thought may be relevant for planning therapy sessions should Tom book them ). I assured Tom that anything he said would be treated confidentially and at the end of the conversation if he chose to book an appointment that would be fine however there was no obligation at all.
He said he was happy to do that and I asked who his GP was ( professional information for myself ) and why they had recommended my services ( if Tom booked a session I may then ask his permission to contact his GP for background information should Tom be happy for me to do so). Tom said that he had been at work in a meeting a few weeks ago which he was finding particularly stressful and
‘ his heart started beating like crazy, he felt dizzy and he thought he was having a heart attack.’
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