Assessing both conscious and unconscious motivation of a client is an integral part of the evaluation and treatment plan. Asking what brings the client in at this time, will often summon important motivational material. Asking what it will be like if the presenting problem is relieved, may also get at underlying contributors to symptomatology, and secondary gain factors. When motivation is low or absent, an effective treatment plan will include strategies to increase motivation. Once treatment has begun, and consent for hypnosis has been obtained, hypnosis may be utilized to both assess and increase motivation. For example, ideomotor signalling may lead to underlying factors that compromise motivation. Ego-strengthening inductions can help to rebuild or restore hope.
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