I have found that I always have plan 'B'; the client shows up with plan 'A' and their own Inner Healer.
Depending on your previous experiences with the human race, this could be established in the first few sessions or it may take months or more to establish.
During this time we get to know one another through talking or educational/informational session.
Some people come in with very specific problems or requests that allow us to start addressing the issues immediately.
This may include more direct discussions, experiential activities, HMR or hypnotherapy.
Often times we experience distress in our lives because we don't haven't been taught good coping or communication skills.
Skill building may include learning effective communication skills, how to develop emotional intimacy, different roles that we may be unknowingly playing and understanding the role of emotions in our lives.