not so much a struggle as a heightened awareness that this first encounter really lays the foundation for a relationship that can be rather long, and where, in the first meeting, I ask very personal questions of a person who hardly knows me. I am very aware how much on edge a new client might be. After all, I had announced in the telephone conversation that the first meeting is an assessment; that may sound a lot like a test to some people, and they may be worried to fail. It is important to make the client comfortable. I make a point to re-frame any negative self-talk into a positive statement.
Even though a client comes to me because of perceived deficiencies in the way the body functions does not mean, he or she is a person less worthy. Some people even rate asking for help as a sign of weakness. While I assess a persons functional abilities (or lack thereof), I need to have him or her leaving my studio feeling good about the process that has been started and looking forward to the next step.