Accurate, thorough record-keeping may seem time-consuming
in the beginning stage of application. However, such practices will produce
far more effective skills for using the essences in one's personal practice,
as well as helping to share the work with a wider professional community.
Keep a record of each client, organized by name
Master case study forms are provided for this purpose
by the Flower Essence Society. The Client Intake Form is
used to obtain key background information on your client and should
be recorded in his/her own handwriting if at all possible.
The Case Evaluation Form is used by both the client and practitioner
to report on the results of each cycle of essence use. You have our
permission to copy these forms, or to adapt them for your own purposes.
We also have a General Reporting Form for summary reports
or other essence feedback.
Make your own notes regarding your observation
of the client.
This is in addition to the information which the
client actually supplies to you. Successful use of the flower essences
requires an insight into the total gestalt of each individual. Dr.
Bach himself became so sensitive and highly gifted that he could
often summon up this deeper seeing of a person within minutes of
that person entering his room. This is a skill that develops with
Collect other documentation of your client's
Direct input from your clients is extremely helpful
in considering the healing process of the whole being. Graphic records
which can provide added depth to case reports may include artistic
drawings, changes in handwriting, photographs of work (such as sand-play
therapy with children), graphs or charts, or other measurements which
you may take of the psycho-physical condition of your client.
Examine the relationship of physical, emotional,
mental, and spiritual aspects of the client's experience.
In aiming to see "the whole person," it is useful
to sort out four basic areas of self-expression: the physical (body-sense
organization); emotional (feelings, wishes, impulses, and desires);
mental (attitudes, understanding, philosophical point of view); and
spiritual (ultimate values, the core identity). These four areas
are covered on the Client Background Information Form.
Observe physical conditions as clues for the
larger picture of the individual.
Although one does not select flower remedies specifically
for physical conditions, it is an important part of the total expression
of each individual. Begin to see information about the physical condition
in the context of its larger "soul picture." For example, someone
who never takes the time to get sick, or someone who is constantly "run
down" may have emotional issues which are being expressed through
these physical symptoms. Observe which part of the body is most affected
and what "message" it is trying to convey to the larger organism.
Document the therapeutic history of the client.
Be aware of other medical therapies or current health
measures which are being used. See the role of the flower essences
within this complete picture of the client's journey toward wholeness.
Discuss the client's hopes and expectations
for using the flower essences.
Are they realistic? How self-aware is the client?
The Client Background Information Form asks important questions about
the client's attitude which helps "screen" and organize this important
area of information. These points can then be followed up further
in the interview.
Discuss and document realistic development goals
with your client.
Be aware of the need to temper and balance developmental
goals with your client. At times the client may need to be encouraged
beyond self-imposed limitations. At other times, realistic step-by-step
measures for successful therapy will need to be introduced. By documenting
your goals and objectives, you will develop a much clearer sense
of direction and vision in the healing process.
Be sure to follow-up with your client.
Good case studies involve following the developmental
process of the essences. Schedule at least one return visit for any
cycle of essences and, if necessary, check in by telephone. A cycle
of essence use is about one month in most cases, although mid-month
or two-week sessions are also very effective.
This is especially important if a dramatic shift or breakthrough
has occurred. After such change has "settled" a bit, one can be more
certain of just what did take place. While a client may experience
some initial rapid changes, be sure essence use continues, so that
deeper processes have time to develop.
Make use of your records.
Do use your records when checking back with a client
rather than relying on the client's memory. It is easy for the human
consciousness to forget the phenomenon of pain, once it has been
alleviated. Many times the essences bring improvement that is difficult
to record. The practitioner needs to probe effectively to determine
subtle psychological and emotional shifts which take place with essence
Have your client use journals whenever possible.
Strongly consider having your client keep a dream
journal, or daily life journal. This will facilitate much more awareness
of the client's inner transformative process, and will provide important
diagnostic clues for further essence formulas.
Be wary of the client's attempt to please you
The flower essences are not a cure-all for all conditions,
and yet their effects are real and substantive. By careful attention
and work with the remedies, you will be able to discern the true,
objective role of the flower essences.
Notice the development patterns with several
When using several cycles of essences for a client,
make note of other developmental patterns, such as hypersensitivity
to the essences, resistance to change, initial enthusiasm which wanes,
mid-point crises, etc. Observe how one set of essences may bring
up new issues, or change the "constellation" of issues with which
the client is working.