Ilah Brock

Clinical Hypnotherapy – Visalia, California

Your First Visit

How does therapy help?

Depending on your present situation and your reasons for seeking help, there are many benefits to hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can help you better manage your symptoms, outbreaks, and triggers. It can also offer you increased coping skills and open your eyes to new ways of dealing with situations that you may not have been to before. Hypnotherapy can offer problem-solving skills, provide support, and help you work through different life changes, allowing you to see your circumstances as a personal growth opportunity instead of a burden or obstacle.

Hypnotherapy is a rapid modality for change and it is permanent*

Some specific skills Hypnotherapy can provide your self-improvement goals:

  • Emotional management, including, but is not limited to anger, jealousy, grief, and depression.
  • Coping mechanisms allow you to work through situations that typically cause you anxiety, fear, or avoidance.
  • Stress-management techniques to apply to deal with stress within your everyday life, such as with your job and family.
  • Skills and techniques to help you better navigate relationships, or to work through relationship troubles.
  • Problem-solving skills for you to enact when you encounter issues that may typically have caused you to shy away or back down, such as social situations or public speaking.
  • Improving self-love, self-confidence, and body image.
  • Improving communication, listening, and the ability to speak up for yourself.
  • Understanding your own skills, strengths, and positive attributes and learning to quiet your inner negative critique and overthinking.
  • Finding a resolution to the issues that originally led you to hypnotherapy, such as having panic attacks, or being unable to sleep.

The decision to begin hypnotherapy is an individual choice. There are a wide variety of reasons to begin hypnotherapy as a way to help to manage daily stress or a transitional period of your life. It is your treatment plan that will vary based on your individual circumstances.

What to expect on your first visit?

There is the telephone consult: This is important to determine if Hypnotherapy is right for you! On our consult call – we will discuss your situation and after that, I will explain if I am able to assist you and how that will work.

Your First Session – 

We will take the first meeting to assess your current situation.  We will address specific areas that are unique to you and your current circumstances. From there, we will be able to determine your hypnotherapy treatment plan. What it will entail, and what it will look like for you in terms of fitting it into your day-to-day life. In addition, I may provide you with series of actions to do outside of our hypnotherapy sessions, such as practice a certain technique, or read a specific book, as it is important you take on an active role in your healing. This is nothing I do “to you” – It is something we do together to create the effects and changes you desire.

We also work to establish rapport and if we click and Hypnotherapist and Client. Our first session will be more like a two-way interview.  I’ll get to know you, and you’ll get to know me. I will ask you questions to help me better understand your primary issues and concerns, as well as your history in terms of other events in your life, family, childhood, and career. However, you are welcome to ask questions too. In order for this to be successful, it is imperative we establish a client/hypnotherapist relationship that is supportive and honest. In fact, it is the nature – and the quality – of our relationship that will determine the success of your overall goals. The success of the ‘meeting of the minds’ with your hypnotherapist is the most accurate predictor of a positive, healthy outcome to the hard work you put in towards your happiness. As such, each client/hypnotherapist relationship will be unique but certain values and themes are true for all sessions, and you can expect the following:

  • You can expect to be treated with compassion, empathy, respect, and understanding. I will meet you where you are. If you have many “issues” and only wish to work on one of them, then that is what we will do.
  • You can expect to be presented with someone who is available to listen to you and listen to your interpretation of what you are currently experiencing.
  • You can expect to receive knowledgeable and scientifically backed techniques and information to assist you in overcoming your current struggles.
  • You can expect to arrive in a safe, supportive, and confidential space.
  • You can expect to receive real strategies and techniques you can use to enact positive changes in your life.
  • There is an assessment taken to determine your suggestibility and how your subconscious mind takes in information.  At this point, there is a conversion to hypnosis and I explain as the conversion happens everything that is going on as it is going on.

Is therapy confidential?

As a general rule, all hypnotherapy sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with me will remain between the two of you unless you request otherwise. This is as per protection rule of law, which I follow, and no information from the session can be disclosed without prior written consent from the client.

There are exceptions to this rule, however, as your hypnotherapist I will disclose information from the session to legal authorities or appointed persons if any of the following are true:

  • If I suspect abuse to a child, dependent adult, or an elder, or is made aware of domestic abuse. These situations all require me to notify legal authorities immediately.
  • If I suspect an individual has caused or is threatening to cause severe bodily harm to another person, I will report it to the police.
  • If an individual intends to harm himself or herself, expressing to me, for example, plans for suicide. While I will attempt to work through this with additional licensed mental health caretakers if it appears to be unresolved or the client does not cooperate, additional action may need to be taken to ensure the safety of the client.

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