Mary Battaglia discusses hypnotherapy and her new book
Mary Beth Battaglia is the quintessential story of trauma turned into triumph. The best part is, she is teaching us all how to follow suit.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Mary Battaglia: I look at hypnosis and hypnotherapy differently. Hypnosis is the beginning of hypnotherapy in that it is the relaxation and creation of positive thoughts. All of us have programming imprinted within our subconscious from our adolescence which affects us. What hypnosis does is clear blocks and fears to allow us to let go. Hypnotherapy is the deeper process where you release and let go. Trust is crucial because you need to have faith in your practitioner in order to get to the deep state for the process to be effective. The problem is we as people hold on to too much and we do not know how to release it. One of the methods I use in hypnosis is I create a shield around my clients so only good outcomes attract and the rest fall off.
What is self-hypnosis and is it effective? If so, how?
MB: Self-hypnosis is a shortcut to go into meditation and reach our mindful state. Typically, I teach people to focus on a spot, take synchronized deep breaths, I give a trigger to get them to relax the mind and body, and then they begin to wipe away any blockages to in turn get into a new space. I find self-hypnosis to be very effective with relaxing and clearing the mind. You want to be view obsessive thoughts as something which floats in and out of you, so it does not clout the hypnosis. Remember, your thoughts whether positive or negative, influence and create your reality. The law of attraction is real.
What is the best thing about making the move from Corporate America to becoming a Certified Clinical Hypnosis Practitioner?
MB: I love being able to help people. I did not feel this was possible working in Corporate America. My business is a private practice, I do not have to worry about insurance, and I can operate the practice the way I desire. When I spend two hours on a first session with a patient, I get to know them and understand their issues which enable me to write the script to create the life they desire. I can’t tell you enough how beautiful it is to see someone shift and transform. Anyone who comes here to do the work has to encounter trauma to ultimately heal themselves. While I know this is not easy, as I had to go through the same process myself, I can tell you the other side is so much better and liberating.
What made you decide to release a book now?
MB: When establishing my hypnosis practice, I knew that a book would be a good idea. I began by writing letters on how hypnosis helped me which is when I realized the book had to be based around letters to the reader. We live in a world which has become so disconnected. Being as my sessions are so personal, I wanted to provide that same level of connection to the reader. It was vital for me to ensure readers received a taste of the sessions I provide.
What is your book specifically about?
MB: The book is essentially about showing people the steps to clear the mind and relax. It also weaves in my personal journey to showcase how hypnosis has helped me heal as well as how I look at life differently. Although I lost my sister to breast cancer and went through a painful divorce simultaneously, I still can see the positive and take away the lessons from such events. Even though I wish I did not have to learn certain lessons the way I did, I do feel some of our biggest lessons come from the most difficult times in life. It is easy to get caught up in the weight of devastation and loss, however, there has to be a point where you get out of being stuck.
How did you get involved in radio and where can we hear you?
MB: Several years ago I met Joann Hermann, who is the host and founder of the show “Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life” which broadcasts on AM 970 The Answer and is also available on iHeartRadio.com. Joann has a life strategy team and I have been a part of her show for nearly five years now. I provide routine hypnosis tips on her program specific to various situations and circumstances you may face in life. You can download past segments on CYACYL.com.
You offer a wide array of healing CDs. How are they effective?
MB: Prior to even becoming certified and opening my own practice, I had an online business in which I sold natural sleep products including hypnosis sleep CDs. Today, all of my recordings can be purchased on either MetroHypnosisCenter.com or APathOfPeace.com. I have a diversified catalog with various forms of hypnosis each designed for your specific needs whether it be for insomnia, weight loss, pregnancy or success.
What are issues your clients typically come to you to address?
MB: Anxiety and stress are the biggest followed closely by weight loss and smoking. Loss and grief are also common. I deal with everyone from business people who want to improve salesmanship to trauma sufferers who need healing from issues they faced during childhood.
LGBTQ people often face adversary in their life such as bullying and harassment which can be long-term trauma triggers. Do you have LGBTQ clients?
MB: I do receive a decent amount of LGBT clients. When it comes to bullying, creating a shield becomes important during hypnosis. It is integral to acquire the confidence and strength to stand up for yourself. This does not mean you have to fight. However, you need to maintain the ability to command the same level of respect as everyone else. Abusers often opt to pick on the meek.
What are some common issues your LGBTQ clients come to you for?
MB: Depression and stress are major focal points due to the anxiety of having to live up to the status quo much less navigating a lifestyle with more challenges. Even though it is accepted today, being LGBT is not the same for everyone, and often times it is still not looked at through the same judgement.
I once had a young adult who came to me for extreme nightmares. During our sessions he opened up about secretly being gay. I wanted to build up his confidence and courage to enable him to life an authentic life. I needed to teach him to find the voice to communicate to his parents and to realize he is valued. He was living a double life so early in life. In the end, he wound up telling his parents, and while it was an initial adjustment, the parents were glad they knew.
In this case, I feel I helped someone identify the core problem, help him address it and move forward to become comfortable with who he is.